As first reported by CommanderBond.net this past December, Raymond Benson’s literary James Bond is set to return in the US in a big way later this year.
Entitled James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels and due for release on 8 October 2008, this omnibus edition will collect the author’s three Bond adventures High Time To Kill, Doubleshot and Never Dream of Dying.
This collection is now available to pre-order online at amazon.com (a pre-order link for the same collection is also available at amazon.co.uk). James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels will be published as an 832-page paperback by Pegasus Books.
As the cover artwork details, this new Union Trilogy collection will also feature a brand new introduction by Benson. What makes this forthcoming Bond omnibus especially notable is that it will additionally include the complete, unedited version of Benson’s first 007 short story, Blast From The Past.
Blast From The Past was first (and up to this point, only) published in an edited version in the January 1997 edition of Playboy magazine. The full-length short story was originally only made available in French and Italian.
Furthermore, Pegasus Books is currently planning to follow this omnibus with yet another Benson collection in 2009.
Benson’s other Bond-related works include novels Zero Minus Ten, The Facts of Death and The Man with the Red Tattoo, the Midsummer Night’s Doom and Live at Five short stories and the film novelizations for Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
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