Titan Books Colonel Sun by Jim Lawrence and Yaroslav Horak is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk. The release date shows as December 23, 2005. Amazon has also revealed prototype cover art for this volume (Titan has confirmed that this cover art is not final).
CBn first broke the news that Titan would be publishing Colonel Sun as the next book in their series of collected James Bond Daily Express comic strips.
Colonel Sun was the very first James Bond “continuation novel” written by Kingsley Amis under the pseudonym Robert Markham. The story sees 007 traveling to Greece in pursuit of a Chinese sadist bent on sabotaging a USSR summit conference and pinning blame on the British. The book includes one of the more grisly 007 torture scenes. One interesting different between the novel and the Daily Express strip is that in the strip Colonel Sun works for SPECTRE.
This volume will also include the original story River of Death which sees James Bond traveling to the Amazon in pursuit of Dr. Cat who uses deadly venom injected into animals to commit murders around the globe. River of Death was published in the Daily Express from June 24, 1969. Colonel Sun followed on December 1, 1969.
Titan’s most recent release is The Spy Who Love Me (due August 26), which also includes the non-Fleming story The Harpies.