The official Ian Fleming Publications website has updated their news section confirming several projects first reported on CBn, including a new James Bond “Companion” by Henry Chancellor and a BBC biopic about Ian Fleming.
03/06/05 – Intelligence update
Due to the fact that all IFPL HQ staff have been on assignment on Project SilverFin, it has been some time since Miss Moneypenny’s last operation report. She’s delighted, therefore, to let all operatives know that the SilverFin launch has been enormously successful, with over 50,000 copies of the book in the hands of fellow agents to date and arrangements in place to date for foreign translations in Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Sweden. Our sister website, youngbond.com continues to develop.
The manuscript of YB2 has been safely delivered and according to the powder-room grapevine, it is fantastic. The as yet untitled Book 2 will be published in the UK in January 2006.
Meanwhile, Henry Chancellor’s JAMES BOND: THE MAN AND HIS WORLD, (subtitled the Official Companion to Ian Fleming’s Original Creation) will be published in hardback, by John Murray, on October 24th. This work, in which the joint copyright is held by IFPL, is the first of its kind to use visual imagery from the extensive IFPL archive, and provides a historical and social context for the Bond novels.
Biographical info on the author:
Henry Chancellor was born in London in 1968. He grew up in East Anglia and went to Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Colditz: The Definitive History. His remarkable television series, Escape from Colditz, was twelve years in the making, won sweeping critical praise and has been shown all over the world.
Extract from the cover copy: “For over half a century the Bond novels have entertained millions around the world. But no book has used the Fleming archive to explore the three-dimensional world of this quintessential secret agent, revealing what inspired it, and who inspired him. Complete, authoritative and entertaining, it will take you on a journey through myth and reality, from Moscow to Mayfair, the bedroom to the war-room, the casino to the villain’s lair.”
The autumn programme of events relating to Fleming’s Bond will continue with the first transmission, on BBC One, of Ian Fleming: A Life in Pictures, which will star Ben Daniels as Ian Fleming. Further details on transmission date to follow.
John Griswold’s book ‘Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories’ has now been published by Author House (www.authorhouse.com). An absolute labour of love, it provides extensive annotations and chronologies to the Fleming Bond novels and includes an introduction by Andrew Lycett.
By the author:
“Ever wonder what Ian was referring to when he mentioned ‘Grandmother’s Steps’ (AKA: Grandmothers’ Steps) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or when he compared ‘The Cannonball’ in Diamonds Are Forever to the ‘Highland Light’ class of locomotive? How about his reference to the ‘girl in the balloon bet’ in Moonraker and, what about the details of the hand-by-hand play of the Moonraker contract bridge game? What is the origin of the name ‘Shatterhand’? What did the hole-by-hole layout of the Royal St Marks golf course in Goldfinger look like? Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories has the answers.”