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Young Bond is a series of novels featuring Ian Fleming's superspy James Bond as a young teenage boy attending school at Eton College. The series consists of five novels written by Charlie Higson and one written by Steve Cole.

Books in the series

According to Charlie Higson, Ian Fleming Publications initially planned for him to only write one novel and that every subsequent novel would be written by a rotating author, possibly similar to the defunct Robert Markham pseudonym of the late 1960s. This plan, however, fell apart and Higson agreed to author future books in the series, however, comments made by Higson in an interview could suggest that after Higson's five books are completed, the series may be continued by another author as stated by Charlie Higson online. A new series was started by Steve Cole, picking up where Charlie Higson left off, following a teenage James in the aftermath of his expulsion from Eton.

Title Year Author
007SilverFin SilverFin 2005 Charlie Higson
BloodFever Blood Fever 2006
DoubleorDie Double or Die 2007
Hurricane Gold Hurricane Gold
BRCcover By Royal Command 2008
Hard Man to Kill "A Hard Man to Kill" 2009
Shoot to Kill paperback Shoot to Kill 2014 Steve Cole
Heads You Die Heads You Die 2016
Strike Lightning Paperback Strike Lightning
Red Nemesis Reveal Red Nemesis

[1]

May 2017

History and controversy

Prior to the release of SilverFin, the idea of a Young Bond series had not gone over too well with the fans of the more traditional Bond literature and had come under heavy fire, with some fans comparing it to an unsuccessful 1960s attempt by Bond's publishers to launch a youth-oriented line of fiction that resulted in only one book: 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior written by Arthur Calder-Marshall under the pseudonym R.D. Mascott. There was also a moderately successful James Bond Jr. television series in the early 1990s aimed at children that dealt with Bond's supposed nephew.

John Gardner, who had written fourteen original novels and two novelizations featuring the adult Bond, was also critical of the series prior to the release of the first book. He stated:

"It's just the last desperate attempt to draw in a new audience. The films have little to do with the Bond we used to know, and now the books are going the same way."

Higson, for his part, has been on record as stating that he intends to stay true to the backstory Ian Fleming created for Bond, though this in many ways contradicts the popular James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007 by John Pearson, which is considered canonical by some.

When SilverFin was published in early 2005, reviews of the novel were good. This, in addition to a large marketing campaign in the United Kingdom elevated SilverFin to the "Top Ten Children's Bestseller list" for 11 weeks selling 125,000 in the UK alone.

A second book in the Young Bond series, Blood Fever, was released on January 5, 2006 in the UK having been delayed from an initial release in October 2005. The book reached the #1 spot on The Booksellers list of bestselling children's books in the UK in its second week of release.

Future releases

Steve Cole has stated that Red Nemesis will be his final Young Bond novel.[2]

Other media

On April 23, 2005, Ian Fleming Publications released the first illustration of the thirteen year old Bond. A graphic novel based on Silverfin released on 18 may 2010.

The idea of a Young James Bond film has been brought up with the success of SilverFin, however Ian Fleming Publications at this point is hoping to release a few more books before possibly considering it. It has been believed the film rights to James Bond on film reside exclusively with Danjaq, LLC, the parent company of EON Productions; however, according to Charlie Higson this is not exactly the case.

To coincide with the release of Blood Fever, PlayerOne published a mobile game adaptation of SilverFin. The game features 3 locations, 15 levels, and a variety of enemies that the player must avoid.

Later in 2014, a browser game was released based on Shoot to Kill. It consisted of four minigames based on the story of the book.

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References

  1. https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1098420/young-bond-red-nemesis/9781782952435/
  2. https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1098420/young-bond-red-nemesis/9781782952435/


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