David Black of the James Bond International Fan Club announced today that after 25 years the club will no longer distribute ‘OO7’ Magazine to its members. Instead, the JBIFC will “start production of a brand new club magazine for 2005.”
‘OO7’ Magazine #45 (which CBn offered an exclusive sneak peak at last week) will be the last issue sent to club members.
David promises the new club magazine “will be produced to the highest standard and feature some of the top writers who specialize in the Bond franchise.” He also announced that the cost of membership will be reduced from £49.50 (UK) to £29.95. Those who renewed at the old rate since November 1, 2004 will have their membership extended by a proportional amount.
But fans (and subscribers) of ‘OO7’ Magazine need not worry. ‘OO7’ Magazine will continue to be published independent of any fan club by its long-time editor and chief, Graham Rye, and will continue to offer never-before-seen material from the ‘OO7’ Magazine Archive, together with interviews and articles relating to both 007’s big screen exploits and his literary heritage. Recently Graham launched an all new ‘OO7’ Magazine website where you can subscribe and buy back issues.
In the era of the internet it was feared the “fanzine” may vanish. But now it looks like Bond fans will have TWO quality quarterly publications devoted to all things Bond, James Bond.