1. ‘Catching Bullets’ catches Mark Gatiss and Maud Adams

    By Helmut Schierer on 2012-07-28

    In a brilliant move reminiscent of a SPECTRE scheme Mark O’Connell, author of ‘Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan’, managed to secure his book not just one but two high profile names to add a foreword and an afterword to his tome. Mark Gatiss of ‘Sherlock’ fame – and himself not exactly a newbie to the deadly secret agent genre with his own Lucifer Box – penned a fitting preface to the witty memoirs. And Maud Adams, the one actress to return into James Bond’s arms in a significant role in two different Eon productions, closes the tale with an afterword.


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    Thanks to Mark O’Connell for the alert.

    This is Splendid Books’s own press release announcing the event:


    Sherlock star Mark Gatiss writes foreword for Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

    Writer and actor Mark Gatiss, star of the BBC drama Sherlock, has penned the foreword to Splendid Books’ forthcoming title Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan.

    “We are absolutely delighted that Mark Gatiss, who is a huge Bond fan, has written a superbly witty and incisive foreword,” says Shoba Vazirani, Editorial Director at Splendid Books.

    “Author Mark O’Connell has penned a very funny, interesting and poignant book in Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan and Mark Gatiss’ foreword complements it perfectly.”

    In addition former Bond girl Maud Adams, who starred with Roger Moore in the 007 film Octopussy has contributed an afterword to the book. “To have Mark Gatiss and Maud Adams flanking the shoulders of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is a true honour,” says Mark O’Connell.

    Published by Splendid Books, Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is from the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to legendary 007 producer Cubby Broccoli. It is a love-letter to James Bond, Duran Duran title songs and bolting down your tea quick enough to watch Roger Moore falling out of a plane without a parachute.

    Mark Gatiss is one of the co-creators and stars of award-winning Sherlock, a regular contributor on Doctor Who, starred in and co-wrote The League of Gentlemen and is the cape-twirling force behind BBC Four’s A History of Horror and its imminent bloody sequel. Maud Adams starred in cult favourites Rollerball and Tattoo, Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time, as well as 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun and the title role in 1983’s Octopussy.

    Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan will be published on September 3rd 2012 priced £7.99. Copies can be pre-ordered at the pre-publication price of £6.99 here.