In May, CBn reported that Ian Fleming Publications would be publishing a new James Bond “beside companion” by Henry Chancellor…the first major work on the literary Bond since Raymond Benson’s The James Bond Bedside Companion in the mid-eighties.
Today Brian Smith of Bond and Beyond — an excellent website for James Bond merchandise both old and new — provides CBn with a first look at the (terrific) cover art and publishers notes for James Bond: The Man And His World.
From the dustjacket of James Bond: The Man And His World by Henry Chancellor:
Everyone is a Bond fan, but how many of us truly know Ian Fleming’s brilliant original creation? This is the irresistible and definitive illustrated passport to his life and times.
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-dimentional 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.
Sources include the 007 novels and stories as well as Fleming’s non-fiction writing, rare research notes, letters, annotated manuscripts and ephemera from his files. The illustrations include facsimiles of many of these artifacts, together with contemporary images that bring new understanding to the classic texts. It is a book that recaptures the glamour of an age, and brings new insight into one of the world’s most sophisticated – and thrilling – literary heroes.
Hardcover 256 pages
Publisher: John Murray
Henry Chancellor is the highly acclaimed author of Colditz. His remarkable TV series Escape From Colditz won sweeping critical praise. His other documentaries for television include Giovanni Belzoni: The Last Tombraider, Pirates, and Millennium. He is a consultant to the new BBC Biopic on the life of Ian Fleming