10 Literary Bond Cocktails

If you’re a James Bond or Ian Fleming fan, then you probably appreciate a well-made drink; just perhaps not in the bibulous daily amounts of Bond or Fleming! Despite the reputation of James Bond as a vodka drinker, Ian Fleming – who was a known bourbon and gin drinker – toured the drinks cart comprehensively in his novels.…

Ian Fleming’s Legacy: British Spy Fiction

First published on The Trebuchet Britain – it could be argued – invented the archetypal spy novel. Born out of political fears and insecurities during two World Wars and a subsequent Cold War, heroes and anti-heroes were dreamt up by a distinguished line of novelists including Erskine Childers, John Buchan, Eric Ambler, Somerset Maugham and Graham…

Ian Fleming in Modern Literature

The use of real life people in novels is common so it’s surprising how little Ian Fleming has turned up – that is until fairly recently. His most famous appearance was in Solo author William Boyd’s masterpiece, Any Human Heart – but is that it? Not quite, we did manage to find more: Any Human…

For Your Eyes Only

New ‘Solo’ UK Cover Homage to ‘For Your Eyes Only’?

The new paperback cover art for William Boyd’s SOLO, to be published in the UK by Random House on 8th May . The new design combines the SOLO typeface featured on the hardback edition with elements of the photographic style seen on the 007 contemporary Vintage series. The single eye that stares boldly from the centre is reminiscent of…

William Boyd’s ‘Solo’ Dust Jacket

The UK artwork for both the dustjacket and inside cover of William Boyd’s forthcoming James Bond novel, Solo, was revealed today on the website of Ian Fleming publications. The artwork has been designed by Suzanne Dean, Creative Director at Random House, who says she was ‘inspired by the 1960s setting of the book and wanted to…