Field Report: Craig Arthur, Spy Novelist

This week we welcome Craig Arthur in from the cold, all the way from his native New Zealand. Craig is a spy writer and Bond fan of nearly 30 years. 1. What is your favorite Chopping cover and why? Probably ‘Thunderball‘.  The detail of the playing card is incredible, along with the sense of menace…

Benjamin J Williams

Field Report: Ben Williams from Mi6 Confidential

1. What is your favorite chopping cover and why? My favorite cover by chopping has to be his first for Ian Fleming, “From Russia, With Love”. I genuinely love this cover. The combination of the revolver and the rose are symbolic of beauty and death, man and nature, and they give a tantalizing glimpse into the world…

John Gardner Continuation Novels

In 1979 Glidrose Publications (now Ian Fleming Publications) approached John Gardner and asked him to revive Ian Fleming’s James Bond series of novels. Between 1981 and 1996, Gardner wrote fourteen James Bond novels, and the novelizations of two Bond films. Gardner stated that he wanted “to bring Mr Bond into the 1980s”,  although he retained the ages of the characters as they…