Vintage Books is the sister imprint of Jonathan Cape, who were the original publishers of Ian Fleming’s Bond fiction and published Casino Royale, the first in the series of fourteen Bond books in 1953. The novels have now gone on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide and have been the inspiration behind the world’s longest-running film franchise. Jonathan Cape was also the publisher of the first ever official Bond novel written following Fleming’s death in 1964.
All Fourteen Vintage Classic Bond Editions Out Now
‘The Vintage Classics covers are designed to emphasise the cool and clever reputation of Bond. We wanted to evoke the heritage and era without being dated. The bold, colourful, film poster feel was inspired by Saul Bass. The Vintage designers created two to three covers each and there was a real sense of excitement amongst the team to create one cohesive and iconic series look for such an iconic character. We chose ‘Vintage 007’ rather than ‘Vintage Fleming’ because we wanted to focus on Bond’s identity, firmly signalling that Bond is the preeminent spy within a genre that reaches back to The Scarlet Pimpernel and forward to Richard Hannay, Jason Bourne and George Smiley.’
Suzanne Dean, Creative Director, The Random House Group
All 14 Bond books are out now. The Vintage Classics editions of Live and Let Die, Casino Royale, Dr No, Diamonds Are Forever and From Russia With Loveall feature new introductions from a truly dazzling array of authors: Andrew Taylor, Alan Judd, Sam Bourne, Giles Foden and Tom Rob Smith with more introductions to follow in future years. The books are available to order through all good bookshops.
Bond Audiobooks Available from AudioGo
All twelve of Ian Fleming's classic Bond books are available as audiobooks from AudioGo. A whole host of wonderful actors have been picked to read, including Dan Stevens, Bill Nighy, Hugh Quarshie, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Kenneth Branagh to name a few. Click through here to visit their Bond page.
Contemporary Vintage Bond Paperback Editions
‘By depicting a lone man in the standard Vintage editions our photographic approach appeals to the reader of modern contemporary thrillers and emphasises that not only is there more to Bond than the character in the films, but also that Bond is the original action hero from which so many modern heroes derive. He is the original and best!’
Tom Drake-Lee, Vintage Publishing Sales Director and Bond Brand Manager
The first seven contemporary Vintage Bond paperback editions are available from 2nd August. You can click the cover image below for a book description and to pre-order.
The following seven Bond novels will be published 4th October 2012.
Bond eBook AVAILABLE NOW
‘Everyone thinks they know James Bond… Readers of every stripe have good reason to return to the source from which this extraordinary cultural phenomenon sprang: the books of Ian Fleming’ Sam Bourne.
We recently unveiled the iconic Vintage Classics James Bond covers and are now delighted to share with you the eBook editions of all fourteen Bond books. Fleming's timeless books are thrilling and dangerous, as he combines the worlds of the deadly and the luxurious, surrounded by villains, plots and, of course, beautiful women.
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William Boyd To Write New James Bond Novel
William Boyd, the award-winning and bestselling author of Restless and Any Human Heart, is to write the next James Bond novel.
The novel, which is yet to be titled, will be published in autumn 2013 by Jonathan Cape. William Boyd is the third author in recent years to be invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write an official Bond novel, following in the footsteps of the American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who wrote Carte Blanche in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was published to mark Ian Fleming’s centenary in 2008.
Boyd is a writer of international acclaim whose 11 novels and short-story collections have been translated into over 30 languages with many of them adapted for film and television. While the details and title of the next 007 adventure naturally remain secret, the author has revealed that next year’s publication will mark a return to ‘classic Bond’ and will be set in the late 1960s. Boyd comments: ‘When the Ian Fleming estate invited me to write the new James Bond novel I accepted at once. For me the prospect appeared incredibly exciting and stimulating – a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. In fact my father introduced me to the James Bond novels in the 1960s and I read them all then – From Russia with Love being my favourite.’
For more information about Ian Fleming and James Bond visit www.Ianfleming.com