Anthony Horowitz's James Bond novel - Trigger Mortis

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  • edited August 2015 Posts: 2,598
    I don't find it strange but for me it's a completely unnecessary purchase. The suits will always try and milk the collectors...which I'm not.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    eddychaput wrote: »
    Purchase an edition of Goldfinger that includes exerts from the upcoming novel I'm going to buy anyways? Uh, no thanks. Am I the only one that finds that a strange marketing ploy? I guess DVDs and blu-rays do that already when they offer sneak peeks of upcoming films included in 'new' editions of DVDs of films, but for some reasons it comes off as weird for books.

    This practice of previewing a book in the literary Bond world actually goes back to the 1980s with the John Gardner Bond novels in the USA where the first chapter of the next Bond novel For Special Services was given in the paperback version of Licence Renewed by Berkeley. There may have been other editions that did that but I haven't seem. It's all about whetting the appetite and in the case of Goldfinger is more likely aimed at readers new to the literary James Bond. It's just classic add-on selling when you think about it. Nothing new there.
  • Agent007391Agent007391 Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start
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    Interestingly, I have a copy of Goldfinger with a preview of License Renewed.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Interestingly, I have a copy of Goldfinger with a preview of License Renewed.

    Interesting. I take it that's a Berkely edition then?
  • Agent007391Agent007391 Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start
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    Yes, it is. It has a 1980 copyright.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Yes, it is. It has a 1980 copyright.

    So, they've done this before then. It's not some new fangled thing in marketing. That was the point I was making in my post above.
  • 007InVT007InVT Classified
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    Bounine wrote: »
    I don't find it strange but for me it's a completely unnecessary purchase. The suits will always try and milk the collectors...which I'm not.

    I hear what you're saying but if it gets more new readers to try Fleming, the better.
  • edited August 2015 Posts: 2,598
    007InVT wrote: »
    Bounine wrote: »
    I don't find it strange but for me it's a completely unnecessary purchase. The suits will always try and milk the collectors...which I'm not.

    I hear what you're saying but if it gets more new readers to try Fleming, the better.

    Oh sure.

    I didn't mean that such a marketing move was aimed solely at collectors.

    I'm really looking forward to reading reviews for Trigger Mortis. When the reviews start coming in on this thread, would it be okay if people hid the spoilers? :)

    I still haven't ordered this book.

    Happy Birthday Sean Connery! 85 young. Still the best Bond.

    An encouraging little review:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/trigger-mortis-by-anthony-horowitz-book-review-so-what-became-of-pussy-galore-10463837.html
  • MrcogginsMrcoggins Following in the footsteps of Quentin Quigley.
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  • Mrcoggins wrote: »

    Was there ever any doubt?

    After those ne'er-do-wells Faulks, Deaver and Boyd had reaped their havoc we needed somebody great to save our hero.

    TriggerMortis will be flying in to the Piccadilly launch on his broomstick to celebrate but be careful Mrcoggins, he'll be looking for somewhere to park it !

    This book looks great. We are back on the race track.
  • edited August 2015 Posts: 2,598
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-3212827/James-Bond-new-book-Trigger-Mortis-written-Anthony-Horowitz-wanted-life.html

    I like the pace of the Fleming books. I don't think they're too slow. Too bad modern audiences require stories that move along at 100 miles per hour.

    I'm going to have to read Goldfinger again before this novel. It's not like Trigger is a sequel or anything but being such a literary Bond fan, I feel that it's a must. The last time I read GF was on the plane to London way back in 2007.
  • This is looking absolutely fantastic - I can't wait to get my hands on it!
    Roll on the launch.
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    If this is a good book, which I suspect it will be, it's just a shame that there's a good chance that this will be it. Yet another celebrity author will return after Horowitz and might very well just give us another disappointment like the current three.
  • eddychaputeddychaput Montreal, Canada
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    Does anybody know if IFP intends to sign any authors for multiple book deals or will they always select them for a single entry?
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    eddychaput wrote: »
    Does anybody know if IFP intends to sign any authors for multiple book deals or will they always select them for a single entry?

    No, there's been no word on that as yet but if Horowitz's book is a success they'd be foolish to drop him. He's already done two Sherlock Holmes continuations for instance.
  • If the book is as good as the advance reviews would indicate, hopefully they'll do a continuity deal with Horowitz but logic doesn't always prevail.
    I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they discuss these things because it's easy to get the impression that IFP don't know if they are Arthur or Martha. They certainly need a strategy, that's for sure.
  • edited August 2015 Posts: 2,598
    I'd like to know if AH would even be interested in writing more, if asked by IFP. I trust you chaps will ask the man this at the book launch! :) If not, then I fear we'll just return to the usual 2 yearly stinkers.

    Another review:

    http://www.pagesandpages.com.au/_blog/cover-to-cover/post/review-trigger-mortis-by-anthony-horowitz/

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/james-bond-novelist-horowitz-adopts-flemings-voice-for-trigger-mortis/story-fn9n8gph-1227491426184

    "Horowitz reckons Bond endures because he has something of the “dark knight about him. He is the ultimate Byronic hero. He doesn’t go to the cinema or theatre or to concerts. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t really have what you or I would call a life. He is simply this dark knight, he’s this crusader, doing what he does.’’

    Bond reads. :)
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    I must say that I agree 100% with Horowitz' thoughts on Skyfall. But while the new SP trailer leaves me hopeful, but overall unimpressed, I disagree with him on SP. I think that Bond's backstory can contribute to an interesting movie.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    At least his comments, although I disagree, tell us what we cannot expect from his book.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    "Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M – the film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I watched it?"
    -Anthony Horowitz

    To which I say:
    "In CR, the villain wins. The villain sets out to get bankrolled by a big group of rich people – the film finishes with Mr. White walking back to Quantum with all the money after Vesper tricked Bond and ultimately died. So why have I watched it?"

    I'm not saying CR (or Skyfall) weren't worth watching because the villain gets what they want in them, just that Horowitz' logic is flawed if he states CR is his favourite post-Connery Bond film, then says Skyfall is bad and accuses it of something CR is also 'guilty' of.
  • HASEROTHASEROT has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season---
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    zebrafish wrote: »
    I must say that I agree 100% with Horowitz' thoughts on Skyfall. But while the new SP trailer leaves me hopeful, but overall unimpressed, I disagree with him on SP. I think that Bond's backstory can contribute to an interesting movie.

    i wonder how he feels about Goldfinger - because Bond is equally as weak (if not more so) in that film than he is in SF.. pretty much every decision Bond makes in that film either backfires, or results in someone getting killed - the only thing he managed to do right, was nail Pussy Galore..

    everyone has their own opinions on who Bond is, and what he should be, and if he likes the more 'superman' Bond then thats his right to do so.. personally, i like my Bond with a little bit more of an edge to him, one that doesn't necessarily have all the answers, or sometimes the right plan, but does the job anyway - one who is a little more fallible - you know, "human".
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Exclusive excerpt from Trigger Mortis and interview in the MoS with Anthony Horowitz here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-3212827/James-Bond-new-book-Trigger-Mortis-written-Anthony-Horowitz-wanted-life.html
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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    Good, a new Bond book written by someone who understood absolutely nothing about Bond as a character.

  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Walecs wrote: »
    Good, a new Bond book written by someone who understood absolutely nothing about Bond as a character.

    It's not very encouraging sounding, even I have to admit...
  • ThomasCrown76ThomasCrown76 Augusta, ks
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    Ehhh, I'll flip thru it at Barnes and Noble
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ehhh, I'll flip thru it at Barnes and Noble

    Are you a speed reader? :D
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    I'll probably pick it up in December or ask for it for my birthday in no rush to get the book now.
  • DragonpolDragonpol https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Risico007 wrote: »
    I'll probably pick it up in December or ask for it for my birthday in no rush to get the book now.

    Is that due to Horowitz's comments or reading the excerpt?
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Bond kills the villain in the end.
  • BondJasonBond006BondJasonBond006 on fb and ajb
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    "Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets out to kill M – the film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I watched it?"
    -Anthony Horowitz

    To which I say:
    "In CR, the villain wins. The villain sets out to get bankrolled by a big group of rich people – the film finishes with Mr. White walking back to Quantum with all the money after Vesper tricked Bond and ultimately died. So why have I watched it?"
    CR for one showed Bond's first mission where he failed as a rookie 00 agent.
    CR's plot is complex, the outcome is very satisfying, James has learned his lesson.
    As for Skyfall the plot is short of stupid, and the main goal to kill M is successful and Silva dies with the knowledge he succeeded.
    That's a very big difference.
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