Friday 24 November 2017

The James Bond secret agent blog's Black Friday offer!

So today the world (it seems) is celebrating Black Friday this Friday and then Cyber Monday on the upcoming Monday.

In Sweden (were I live) this is a quite new experience that has evolved a lot during the last three years.

But what would Black Friday be without an offer from this blog? Your so right...Nothing.

Our offer to you the reader comes in collaboration Audible. You can get a fantastic Audible membership offer this Black Friday and Cyber Monday: 50% off for 3 months!

New customers signing up to Audible via this offer will pay £3.99 per month for 3 months, instead of the regular £7.99 per month. Audible membership includes a credit every month, applicable to any audiobook, regardless of price or length. The books are yours to keep for life, even if they cancel. With over 200,000 titles to choose from, there’s something for everyone. 

You can get your hands on this great opportunity by clicking HERE!

A closer look at the Audible website tells us that All Ian Fleming novels are available and the six novels written by Raymond Benson. The Young Bond books are also there to enjoy.
The John Gardner novels are also available with the rest of the continuation novels, but only as purchase.

The books written by Roger Moore are all available and with narration by the legend himself, all exept Á Bientôt 

By clicking here you can see the ton of books on offer from audible with a James Bond connection. 

The offer is open until November 30th 2017. 


Monday 20 November 2017

Pre James Bond photo turns 72 years today

There are not many photos available of Ian Fleming pre Bond. But around that time the was just a regular person like you and me.

During the second world war we know that Fleming was drafted to the Admiralty where he spend his days for all of the war helping out in all sorts of different work. A task that in the end gave him the rank of marine commander, just like his creation James Bond.

The most famous pre Bond photos of Fleming is the below one taken in the Admiralty in room 39 next to the open fire place.

This photo is republished in Vintage newly released Casino Royale book saying that it was taken today on November 20th in 1945. In other words, the photo is now 72 years old.

The below scan comes from my print of The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson. If you wish to buy that book from Amazon US or UK you can do so here.

Or if you wish to order the Casino Royale release by Vintage you can do so in the UK here.

Scan taken from the book THE LIFE OF IAN FLEMING by John Pearson

Thursday 2 November 2017

The James Bond Vintage Classics are here

Yesterday a package arrived from Great Britain sent by Penguin Vintage Classics. I was happy to notice that it contained the three James Bond novels by Ian Fleming that they have published with a release date set for today, November 2, 2017.

Many of us were amazed by the cover design for these books by artist Levente Sabó. The illustrations are very cleaver containing a face with high points from that very novel. For instance on James Bonds face on the Casino Royale Cover you can see the car chase from that story.

So what about the size of the books. I did find them a bit small but they are not as small as the Viking/Penguin series from 2002 and not as big as the Penguin 2008 series.

I knew that they would contain an introduction by John Cork but they also contains photos and copies of letters of the book you have just read. This was a great opportunity they had here but sadly they used pictures of Fleming that are very common and the letters were all in need of some Photoshopping to make them much easier to read.

The books are still highly collectable and I would continue to collect them if they made more in the series. For the first time reader they must be a treat.

The suggested retail price is £12.99 but at they only cost £9.09

If you want to make sure the books are first editions make sure they bare the serial number 13579108642. The digit 1 in this series of numbers stands for a first printing.

To my knowledge these books can only be bought in the UK. IF you live elsewhere you need to buy them online and then I suggest

You can order Casino Royale here.
You can order Live and let die here.
You can order Goldfinger here.

The spine
Compared to other recent releases the Vintage Classics 2017 are quite small in size.
The back of the book with great quotes but I am still missing out on a picture of Ian Fleming.

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