December 19, 2017


It's been a busy year in the literary world of James Bond, and even more scheduled in 2018! In their end-of-year message, Ian Fleming Publications has announced some exciting projects on the horizon. Looking back over the past year, we have seen the release of Steve Cole's newest installment in the Young Bond series, Red Nemesis. And Dynamite has continued their release of James Bond-related comic books, and have added solo titles featuring both Monneypenny and Felix Leiter in their own missions. Titan Books has continued their efforts to release the original James Bond comic strips in large, remastered format, and this year they published Goldfinger and Octopussy featuring art by John McLusky and Yaroslav Horak, respectively. The Folio Society added Moonraker to their beautiful series of collector editions illustrated by Fay Dalton (save on the series at Folio Society). You can see the first set of four titles below. Macmillan Books republished Fleming's classic YA title Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with an introduction by Frank Cottrell Boyce. IFP also celebrated the continued release of Fleming novels around the world in different languages, including a new Manx edition of Casino Royale. But top on Spy Vibe's 2017 IFP projects was the new publication of three of Ian Fleming's classic 007 novels: Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and Casino Royale. These new hardback editions from Vintage Classics are quite special. Not only does Live and Let Die feature the original US text, approved by Fleming, for example, but each volume features an extensive section filled with original-era documents, letters, photographs, and artwork from the Fleming estate. One infamous letter in Goldfinger, for example, shows Fleming counterattacking litigation gestures from the architect, Erno Goldfinger, about the use of his name. Despite Fleming's known displeasure with the designers brutalist buildings, the author made a strong case in the letter (to cover himself?) that the name wasn't so unusual. These historic materials really add value for all of us who are interested in studying Fleming's archive's more closely. Each title also includes a lengthy introduction by Bond expert John Cork, as well as beautiful cover and endpaper designs (see below)  If Spy Vibers are interested in behind-the-scenes ephemera, I highly recommend these three new volumes. Find them on Amazon and AmazonUK. In 2017, IFP also posted on their site Fergus Fleming's introduction to their earlier 60th anniversary edition of The Diamond Smugglers- complete with a rare look at some very cool original artwork from the 1960 Pan paperback edition. Another nice gift to Bond fans! More below.

If that wasn't exciting enough, James Bond followers can also look forward to new releases in 2018. In terms of comic book projects, Dynamite plans to publish an M adventure, a new graphic novel adaptation of Casino Royale, and a series of Bond wartime stories. The last is especially great news for fans who prefer period-Bond. Illustrator Fay Dalton will return to 007, as the Folio Society plans to release collector editions of Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball (Goldfinger was also mentioned in IFP's announcement). A new James Bond novel is on the way by author Anthony Horowitz. This will be the second 007 book penned by the creator of the Alex Rider series. And finally, IFP plans to release a cocktail book featuring beautiful photography and excerpts from Ian Fleming's writing. Great news all around! 

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