Trigger Mortis: Unlocking Bond Pop-Up Experience

To mark the publication of one of the most anticipated books of the year, an interactive 1950s style pop-up experience is being placed within Waterstones Piccadilly for one week only. There will be a costumed actor, secret codes and clues to solve, a hidden door leading to an antechamber (no spoilers here!), and mysterious phone calls… This is a truly unique experience for the public – Bond fan or no – which is the first of its kind.

Trigger Mortis: Unlocking Bond - pop-up at Waterstones

  • Visitors will be transported back to the 1950s,  Fleming’s heyday – the walls, shelves and tables will incorporate references to his books, to Bond, to Trigger Mortis, and to the time period; books about the Cold War, space travel and framed prints from the period, plus 50s TV footage
  • Participants who choose the Trigger Mortis challenge and successfully solve a series of clues, will find themselves inside the pages of the novel, in an antechamber hidden within the pop-up space
Trigger Mortis - Image courtesy of Orion Publishing

Image courtesy of Orion Publishing

  • BirdsOfTheWestIndiesThe pop-up will contain original Fleming material as well as objects once belonging to Fleming – including the book by Ornithologist James Bond, the namesake of our eponymous spy. Alluding to Trigger Mortis, there will be Hanafuda cards, Grand Prix posters, rockets, war memorabilia and much more
  • Produced by the team behind Les Enfants Terribles’ smash-hit immersive show Alice’s Adventures Underground, and the creative director behind Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future, TRIGGER MORTIS: UNLOCKING BOND is guaranteed to intrigue and delight customers

Incidental Intelligence

Trigger-MortisTRIGGER MORTIS: UNLOCKING BOND will be open exclusively to ticket-holders attending the publication launch with Anthony Horowitz on Monday 7th September, tickets for which are on sale through the Waterstones website, then open to the general public from Tuesday 8th September to Sunday 13th September. To browse the pop-up space is free, however to participate in the Trigger Mortis challenge, a copy of the book must be purchased.

Anthony Horowitz Tour Dates

Monday 7th September, 7.30pm – Waterstones Piccadilly. Tickets £18.99 including book, or £5 without. Refreshment included on arrival:

Join bestselling writer Anthony Horowitz on the eve of publication of one of the most talked about books of the year. Anthony will be in conversation with BBC Radio 4’s Mishal Husain, reading from Trigger Mortis and talking about the challenge of following in the footsteps of the man he considers the master – Ian Fleming. Fans will not only have a chance to buy the book before anyone else and get it signed by the author himself, but be the first to experience the interactive pop-up experience built especially in Waterstones Piccadilly, and there for one week only.


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