Good news Fleming fans! Penguin U.S. has finally published The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy and The Living Daylights, completing their collection of classic Ian Fleming James Bond novels with the popular “retro” cover art by artist Richie Fahey. Both books are available NOW from BN.com (Barnes and Noble). UK buyers can get the books at Amazon.co.uk (April 1 ship date).
The publication of these books marks a milestone event in the history of the literary James Bond. This will be the first time in over 30 years that a single U.S. publisher has released all the Fleming books in a uniform set. (Signet Books prevented this by holding onto their original publishing rights to these last two books in the U.S.) Also, the text of these new U.S. editions are, for the first time, the complete and unabridged versions that have always been available in the UK–including the restoration of racially insensitive language in Live And Let Die.
As an additional bonus, the short story “007 in New York” has been added to Octopussy and The Living Daylights. For many years this relatively unknown Ian Fleming short story was available only in the U.S. edition of Fleming’s non-fictional work, Thrilling Cities. It was first published in the UK in 1999 in a Sunday Times supplemental magazine released as a tie-in with the film The World Is Not Enough. This marks the first publication of “007 in New York” together with the other James Bond short stories. The story includes a special introduction by Fleming’s former literary agent and retired Glidrose chairman, Peter Janson-Smith.
There’s no word yet on whether Penguin plans on releasing these books in a box set as they did with their UK collection.
All titles are availible from Amazon.com.