1. 'The Man and His World' Currently Shipping

    By Matt Weston on 2005-10-20

    In what is the first major IFP-commissioned work on the literary 007 since Raymond Benson’s 1984 fan-favourite, The James Bond Bedside Companion, Henry Chancellor’s James Bond: The Man and His World is now shipping from

    Published by John Murray, James Bond: The Man and His World promises to tell the definitive story of Ian Fleming’s famous secret agent, across the 14 novels and short story collections he wrote. Compiled from all kinds of rare relics, including research notes, letters and annotated manuscripts, this 256-page hardcover book looks set to be a must-have for the literary Bond fan.

    Henry Chancellor’s credits include the critically-acclaimed book, Colditz: The Definitive History. He also served as a consultant on the 2005 BBC biopic, Ian Fleming – Bondmaker.

    From the dustjacket of James Bond: The Man and His World:

    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.

    James Bond: The Man and His World

    ‘James Bond: The Man and His World’ by Henry Chancellor

    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
    ISBN: 0719568153

    James Bond: The Man and His World is IFP’s second publishing venture this month, following the release of the first book in the Moneypenny Diaries trilogy.

    James Bond: The Man and His World is now available for purchase at

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