Those odd back covers to 1960s Bond paperbacks

Back cover to a Signet paperback edition of Live And Let Die (it’s on top of a DVD collection of UPA cartoons, in case you’re wondering).

In episode 0028 of the James Bond & Friends podcast, there was a discussion about the back covers of 007 paperbacks and the odd order they listed the Ian Fleming books.

David Leigh of The James Bond Dossier noted how Pan paperback editions of the Fleming novels listed the books in a seemingly random order.

The podcast got a reaction on social media. I remembered the U.S. paperbacks also seemed odd. So I got out a couple of my own Signet paperbacks issued in the U.S. during the 1960s.

A 1963 Signet printing of For Your Eyes Only listed the books in this order:

Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love Moonraker, Doctor No, Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball.

Casino Royale and Live And Let Die were the first two books in the series. But it jumps out of order after that.

At the same time, an inside page lists the Fleming Bond novels in a different order. It starts with From Russia With Love, goes back to Doctor No, then presents the rest randomly (Casino Royale listed fourth, Goldfinger fifth and Moonraker sixth, among others.

The 27th printing by Signet of Live And Let Die (no specific printing date but before The Man With the Golden Gun was out in paperback) has this listing in alphabetical order (discounting “the”) with more titles:

Casino Royale, Diamonds Are Forever, Doctor No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Live And Let Die, Moonraker, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice.

UK cover for new 007 novel emerges on Amazon UK

U.K. cover image for Forever and a Day, Anthony Horwitz’s second James Bond continuation novel.

David Leigh of The James Bond Dossier website came across some news on Wednesday — the Amazon U.K. website published an image for the British edition of Anthony Horowitz’s second James Bond continuation novel.

Ian Fleming Publications on Feb. 8 announced the title of the Horowitz novel. But the announcement only had a placeholder image.

Horowitz’s new novel is a prequel to 1953’s Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s first novel which introduced the Bond character. The release says Bond’s predecessor as 007 “floats in the waters of Marseille.”

Presumably the cover references that setting. The cover also confirms that the new Horowitz novel contains some Fleming material. Horowitz’s first Bond novel, 2015’s Trigger Mortis, included some Fleming material originally pitched as part of a 007 television series.

Forever and a Day is scheduled for a May 31 release in the U.K. The novel won’t arrive in the United States until November. Amazon’s main website still lacks an image for the U.S. edition of the novel.

007 bloggers, website editors weigh in on SPECTRE

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The James Bond Dossier SURVEYED MORE THAN A DOZEN bloggers or editors of James Bond-related websites about SPECTRE.

Those participating (and this blog was among them) provide a variety of opinions on different subjects. Among the ground covered: what you liked best about SPECTRE, what you liked least and what surprised you in the film? David Leigh, editor of The James Bond Dossier, did the survey by e-mail.

To read the complete story, CLICK HERE.

New edition of 007 drinks book now available in U.S.

“This sounds like valuable information, James.”


The second edition of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond is now available in the U.S. and can be had for free for the next few days. The new edition includes updates for Skyfall, the 23rd 007 film.

Also, the book’s author, David Leigh, who runs the James Bond Dossier Web site, assures everyone that 007 hasn’t become a Heineken-only guy despite the movie’s widely publicized product-placement deal.

Here’s part of the text of a press release:

To help celebrate the eagerly awaited US release of “Skyfall”, the second edition of “The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond” by David Leigh is available for free for a limited period from Amazon.com, Amazon UK and Amazon Europe.

The book, which is exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle stores, includes updated information on the drinks from “Skyfall” and can be downloaded for free between November 3 and November 7 2012.

David, who also runs The James Bond Dossier, says, ‘many people were unhappy at the announcement earlier this year that James Bond would be seen drinking Heineken beer in “Skyfall”. However, this really isn’t a big deal for a number of reasons; first, 007 drank beer in several of the books; second, don’t think that he only
drinks beer in “Skyfall”; and third, while most people associate vodka martinis and champagne with 007, he actually drinks more whisky in the novels anyway’.

This updated edition of “The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond” covers drinks from all Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories, as well as the film series that celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. It takes a detailed look at the spirits, cocktails and wines enjoyed by 007, providing background information as well as book and movie references throughout.

For more information, just CLICK HERE for David Leigh’s author page on Amazon.