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 James Bond continuation novels

Although the literary James Bond would be kept alive with the YOUNG BOND series written by Charlie Higson from 2005-2008 (and Steve Cole from 2014), these stories were aimed at younger readers and followed his teenage exploits whilst studying at Eton in the 1930's. To mark the centenary of the birth of Ian Fleming in 2008, a new James Bond novel was commissioned which returned the character to the timeline established by his creator in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. Whereas the novels of John Gardner and Raymond Benson placed the character in a contemporary setting, DEVIL MAY CARE was set in 1967. Although the original story was written by Sebastian Faulks, the cover carried the unusual credit of “Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming”. The hardback edition was published on May 28, 2008 by Penguin Books, and the paperback edition followed a year later. DEVIL MAY CARE was well-received by critics at the time and sold well, but Sebastian Faulks declined to write a second Bond novel.

Ian Fleming Publications then commissioned American mystery/crime writer Jeffery Deaver to pen the follow-up. Deaver chose to update Bond's timeline once again by setting the novel in 2011, and although the story contains several of the characters created by Ian Fleming (M, Moneypenny, Felix Leiter and Mary Goodnight), these too have been updated and are now much younger incarnations. CARTE BLANCHE can therefore be viewed as a standalone James Bond story as it exists in a different universe to the Fleming originals, in much the same way as the John Gardner and Raymond Benson stories. Three years later William Boyd became the next author to write a continuation story and set SOLO in 1969, so James Bond was now a veteran secret agent aged 45. Whilst CARTE BLANCHE had been published in hardback and paperback by Hodder & Stoughton, SOLO was issued in hardback by Jonathan Cape, who were Ian Fleming's publisher for all the UK first editions of his novels. SOLO was published in paperback on May 8, 2014 by Vintage, an imprint of Penguin Books.

DEVIL MAY CARE CARTE BLANCHE SOLO

TRIGGER MORTIS

DEVIL MAY CARE
Sebastian Faulks
writing as Ian Fleming
Published 28th May 2009
by Penguin
Cover designed by
Chris Terry

CARTE BLANCHE
Jeffery Deaver
Published 24th November 2011
by Hodder & Stoughton
Cover designed by
David Gill
SOLO
William Boyd
Published 8th May 2014
by Vintage
Cover designed by
David Grogan/Head Design

TRIGGER MORTIS
Anthony Horowitz
Published 19th May 2016
by Orion
Cover designed by
Jamie Keenan

FOREVER AND A DAY WITH A MIND TO KILL

Double Or Nothing Paperback

ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE by Charlie Higson

FOREVER AND A DAY
Anthony Horowitz
Published 4th April 2019
by Vintage
Cover designed by Kris Potter
WITH A MIND TO KILL
Anthony Horowitz
Published 27th April 2023
by Vintage

DOUBLE OR NOTHING
Kim Sherwood
Published 3rd August 2023
By HarperCollins
 

ON HIS MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE
Charlie Higson
Published 6th June 2024
By Ian Fleming Publications
Cover designed by Marc Ecob

The next James Bond continuation novel, written by Anthony Horowitz, also returned the character to his original timeline by setting TRIGGER MORTIS in 1957, two weeks after the events in Ian Fleming's GOLDFINGER. The novel also featured previously unpublished material written by Ian Fleming for an aborted US television series which Horowitz adapted in the chapter ‘Murder on Wheels’. TRIGGER MORTIS is also notable in that it features the return of Pussy Galore from Ian Fleming's GOLDFINGER. TRIGGER MORTIS was originally published in hardback by Orion on September 8, 2015; followed by a paperback edition on May 19, 2016. The most recent novel FOREVER AND A DAY was published in hardback by Jonathan Cape on May 31, 2018 and issued in a paperback edition on April 4, 2019 by Vintage. Both editions feature cover art by Kris Potter, who also provided several of the designs for the ‘Vintage 007’ paperbacks series that were current at the time of the publication of TRIGGER MORTIS. A new ‘Vintage 007’ paperback of GOLDFINGER was also issued as a special edition in 2015, which included an excerpt from TRIGGER MORTIS. To celebrate the fact that FOREVER AND A DAY is a prequel to CASINO ROYALE, Penguin also issued a new ‘Vintage 007’ paperback edition of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond adventure on May 31, 2018 – with a special introduction by Anthony Horowitz.

Charlie Higson's best-seller ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE limited edition paperback 2024

In November 2021, a new trilogy of licenced spin-off novels to be written by Kim Sherwood was announced by Ian Fleming Publications, featuring the next generation of Double-O agents. The first novel, Double Or Nothing was published in hardback by HarperCollins in September 2022, with the paperback edition on August 3, 2023. The paperback edition also contains the first chapter of the second novel in the Double-O trilogy, A Spy Like Me, published in hardcover on April 25, 2024. Charlie Higson's 2023 best-seller ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE will be published by Ian Fleming Publications on June 6, 2024 and features a revised beginning and ending, with exclusive bonus content. IFL also announced a special paperback edition limited to just 200 copies and signed by Charlie Higson. Available only from the IFL shop, the limited edition also featured exclusive sprayed edges.

 

UK Paperbacks
 YOUNG BOND series by Charlie Higson

SILVERFIN BLOOD FEVER DOUBLE OR DIE

HURRICANE GOLD

SILVERFIN
Published 3rd March 2005
by Puffin/Penguin

BLOOD FEVER
Published 5th January 2006
by Puffin/Penguin

DOUBLE OR DIE
Published 4th January 2007
by Puffin/Penguin

HURRICANE GOLD
Published 28th May 2008
by Puffin/Penguin

BY ROYAL COMMAND

DANGER SOCIETY: THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER

SILVERFIN The Graphic Novel

SILVERFIN The Graphic Novel an adaptation based on the first best-seller in the YOUNG BOND series. Illustrated by Kev Walker (1965- ).

BY ROYAL COMMAND
Published 28th May 2009
by Puffin/Penguin
DANGER SOCIETY:
THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER
Published 3rd June 2010
by Puffin/Penguin
SILVERFIN The Graphic Novel
Published 2nd October 2008
in London by Puffin/Penguin

UK Paperbacks
 YOUNG BOND series by Steve Cole

SHOOT TO KILL HEADS YOU DIE STRIKE LIGHTNING

RED NEMESIS

SHOOT TO KILL
Published 22nd October 2015
by Red Fox
Cover designed by
Blacksheep Design

HEADS YOU DIE
Published 5th May 2016
by Red Fox
Cover designed by
Blacksheep Design

STRIKE LIGHTNING
Published 1st September 2016
by Red Fox
Cover designed by
Blacksheep Design

RED NEMESIS
Published 4th May 2017
by Red Fox
Cover designed by
Blacksheep Design

JOHN GARDNER NOVELS - ORION PAPERBACKS

YOUNG READER EDITIONS


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