August 10, 2014


Ian Fleming is being honored this week in a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of his passing on August 12th, 1964. Fans who are able to visit the James Bond Book Bench in Bloomsbury Park this Tuesday can receive free books from Vintage Publications. They will be distributing copies of Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Thrilling Cities between 12PM-2PM. You can't ask for a better rendezvous site. This dramatic bench was designed by Freyja Dean and features familiar Bond motifs, like playing cards, black tie, coat of arms, and a skull reminiscent of Richard Chopping's original jacket illustrations (and a nod to Live and Let Die's credit sequence). I wish I could tell you to wear a carnation and deliver a special password to receive your free books, but I think you only need to show up at the designated time. But what a fun way to add more 007 to your library!

Fans can also look forward to two new books this week. The 50th anniversary edition of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was just released by Candlewick Press as a deluxe hardcover edition with original illustrations by John Burningham. The imaginative world of Fleming's ultimate gadget-car has been expanded into a series of continuation novels by Frank Cottrell. The audio books narrated by Doctor Who actor David Tennant are also worth tracking down! And on August 14th, Matthew Parker's book about Fleming's life in Jamaica, Goldeneye, will be released by Hutchinson. The US editionwith unique cover design, will follow on March 15, 2015. Stay tuned for our annual Ian Fleming tribute on August 12th.

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