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  1. Titan's 'Octopussy' to Include Introduction by Maud Adams (update)

    5/27/04 UPDATE: The original May 21 release date announced by Titan has been changed to “June 2004.”

    On May 21 Titan Books will release OCTOPUSSY, the second book in their series of collected James Bond Daily Express comic strip adaptations by James Lawrence and illustrated by Yaroslav Horak. Previously it was annoucend that Ian Fleming’s niece, Lucy Fleming, would pen the introductions to these books. But today Titan has announced that this latest release will feature an introduction from Octopussy herself, Maud Adams.

    Bond is back! After 10 years out of print, the world’s greatest secret agent returns, in two classic adventures brought together in a deluxe James Bond collectors’ library paperback edition!

    When an old friend’s body is found in the Alps 20 years after he disappeared, James Bond quickly finds himself caught between Nazi gold, the Chinese Tongs and the eight-armed embrace of Octopussy! And Bond encounters more mortal danger beneath the waves whilst trailing a missing submarine in The Hildebrand Rarity!

    The second volume in this series contains an exclusive introduction from Octopussy herself, Maud Adams, and background material on the history of James Bond!

    • The second collection in an all-new Titan series of deluxe James Bond collectors’ library paperback editions.
    • The original newspaper material is now extremely rare and hard to find.
    • Back in print after over 10 years! The volume includes not only the classic Octopussy, but also an adaptation of the little-known short story The Hildebrand Rarity, written by Ian Fleming!
    • James Bond is one of the most successful characters in movie history, with 20 smash-hit movies to date. Die Another Day, the most recent James Bond film, took over £30 million in its opening weekend – the best ever for a Bond movie!

    James Lawrence began his writing career scripting training films for the US Armed Forces, and moved on to write features including Buck Rogers and Joe Palooka.

    Yaroslav Horak created the outback adventure strip Mike Steel for the Sydney Morning Herald, and illustrated all the Bond feature adventures bar Casino Royale.

    Titan released the collected The Man With The Golden Gun in March. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (which will also include the collected You Only Live Twice) is set for September 2004, and will feature an exclusive introduction by James Bond himself, George Lazenby! It will also mark the first time OHMSS has been collected in English. Octopussy and The Man with the Golden Gun were previously released by Titan in the late 1980’s.

    Octopussy and the other books in the Titan series are available for order and pre-order from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

    johncox @ 2004-05-13
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