Earlier this year, author Charlie Higson announced the three rejected titles for Young Bond 3 (Shoot the Moon, The Big Smoke, and Six Days in December). The final title, however, remained a mystery for months.
Today, Ian Fleming Publications have announced that final decision on the title of Book 3 is being left to Young Bond fans. Fans will be able to vote at www.youngbond.com between the three finalists.
The choices are: Double or Die, N.E.M.E.S.I.S., and The Deadlock Cipher.
To help fans decide, there is an exclusive extract from Young Bond 3 on the Young Bond website and a note from Charlie Higson about the three titles he has picked. You can also cast your vote at by texting DOUBLE (Double or Die), ENEMY (N.E.M.E.S.I.S.) or LOCK (The Deadlock Cipher) to 60022.
The official Press release:
THE THIRD YOUNG BOND BOOK IS COMING!
Young Bond 3
Which Title? You Decide…
In an unprecedented nationwide ballot, Britain is to decide the title of the third book in the super-selling Young Bond series, written by Charlie Higson and due to be published by Puffin Books on 4th January 2007.
Voting for the nation’s preferred title starts today, Tuesday 3rd October at 9am, and closes at midnight on the 3rd November. To cast your vote, and become part of James Bond history, visit www.youngbond.com. There are three possible titles, chosen by the author, Charlie Higson:
- Double or Die
- The Deadlock Cipher
To help you decide, there is an exclusive extract from Young Bond 3 on the Young Bond website and a note from Charlie Higson about the three titles he has picked.
The title will be kept a closely guarded secret until publication and revealed at an as yet undisclosed, central London location on the 3rd January 2007.
The Young Bond series follows the daredevil adventures of James Bond as an Eton school boy in the 1930s. The third instalment in a planned series of five titles, written by Charlie Higson, sees the young James Bond pitted against the dangerous criminal underworld of interwar London, a world of illegal gambling dens, Cambridge spies and East End gangs. Here you’ll read about the experiences which turned the boy into the steely and ruthless secret agent that Bond becomes as an adult.
The first books in the Young Bond series, SilverFin (published in March 2005) and Blood Fever (published in January 2006) enjoyed tremendous success. SilverFin sold over 190,000 copies and spent ten weeks in the top-ten and Blood Fever went straight to number one in the bestsellers chart.
All voters have a chance to win one of a limited number of tickets to the central London event and discover, before anyone else, the title of Young Bond 3.
You can also cast your vote by text:
- For DOUBLE OR DIE text DOUBLE to 60022
- For N.E.M.E.S.I.S text ENEMY to 60022
- For THE DEADLOCK CIPHER text LOCK to 60022
Texts cost your normal rate. For full terms and conditions see www.youngbond.com.
Personally, I’ll be voting for The Deadlock Cipher because it sounds like a title Fleming would be proud of. N.E.M.E.S.I.S. is my second favourite because it’s reminiscent of the evil organizations S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and S.C.U.M. (Fans of James Bond Jr. will remember that one).
Keep watching CBn for all the latest Young Bond news.
|SilverFin – Literary 007 Coverage|
|Blood Fever – Literary 007 Coverage|
|Young Bond 3 – Literary 007 Coverage|
|The Charlie Higson CBn Interview|
|CBn Reviews Young Bond #1: SilverFin|
|CBn Reviews Young Bond #2: Blood Fever|