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  1. 'TWINE' Large Print Edition Coming in July

    Just when it looked like the James Bond novels by Raymond Benson were all out of print, along comes this listing on Amazon.co.uk for a large print edition of Benson’s novelization of The World Is Not Enough. The listing shows a July 1, 2005 release date.

    TWINE UK 1st

    TWINE UK First Edition

    This will be the second large print edition of a Benson Bond film novelization, the first being Die Another Day.

    Raymond Benson’s High Time To Kill, DoubleShot, and Never Dream of Dying have also been published in large print editions, as have most of the Fleming novels and all of the James Bond novels by John Gardner except Licence To Kill.

    Large print editions can be highly collectible as they are typically published in small quantities with most going to libraries. Pre-ordering is a must. Not only are large print editions only available for an eye-blink, but they frequently use alternate dust jacket cover art, which makes them even more desirable to collectors.

    Now word yet on whether this large print TWINE will use the art from the UK hardcover (as did the DAD large print) or do something more original. Watch this thread in the CBn forums where the cover art will be posted when available.

    More Book News
    Word of the TWINE novelisation joins a recent flood of Bond literary news. John Griswold’s Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories has just been published (watch for CBn’s upcoming review), as has Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Cultural Politics Of 007 edited by Edward P. Comentale, Stephen Watt, and Skip Willman.

    In Fall we have James Bond: The Man and His World the Official Companion to Ian Fleming’s Creation by Henry Chancellor, Raymond Benson’s second Splinter Cell novel, and a new German edition of Casino Royale. Also on the horizon is the U.S. paperback edition of SilverFin (release date to be announced), Young Bond Book 2, and the promise of more Bond related projects from Ian Fleming Publications.

    However, a listing for a book by Kathy Westbrook called The Moneypenny Diaries (aka Guardian Angel) — which some Bond fans speculated might be an all-new official “Bond” novel told from the point of view of the forever frustrated Miss Moneypenny — is, according to IFP, not an official publication (and probably has nothing to do with James Bond).

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