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Friday, July 13, 2007

James Bond Returns

According to a July 10, 2007 Associated Press article ("Bond, James Bond, Returning in Book Form"), a new Bond book will be published in 2008 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of author Ian Fleming’s birth. The new book, Devil May Care, is penned by Sebastian Faulks, author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray. The book, to be published by Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, is set during the Cold War in a series of exotic locations, similar to Fleming’s original Bond novels.

“My novel is meant to stand in the line of Fleming's own books, where the story is everything," said Faulks. Fleming, who died in 1964, launched a series that has endured for 40 years with such well-known authors as Kingsley Ames and John Gardner contributing novels over the years.

If you’ve only seen the movies, you might want to read some of Fleming’s originals. As with many novels, the books are better on the page than on celluloid. Here’s a few to try:

Casino Royale (1953)
Moonraker (1955)
From Russia With Love (1957)
Goldfinger (1959)
Thunderball (1961)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)

Are you a Fleming fan? Which do you think is the best of the original Bond adventures? Let us know.

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