Anthony Horowitz's James Bond novel - Trigger Mortis

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  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    JET007 wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Great news for the literary James Bond continuation there. I wanted Mr Horowitz to return for another Bond novel so I am equally as delighted that he is. Good to hear that Fleming material is again being included too. 2018 will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Bond continuation project in print that started with the publication of Kingsley Amis' Colonel Sun back in March 1968.
    Always the voice of the great messenger regarding the literary Bond and particularly the continuation novels. :D

    Why thank you, kind sir. I try my best to illuminate things in a neglected field of Bondology.


    Sad to think the original version of Bond is considered a neglected field.

    That and the continuation are neglected in my opinion. Sad but true. Only my opinion of course.
  • mcdonbbmcdonbb deep in the Heart of Texas
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    I'm very glad Horowitz is returning. Someone mentioned Colonel Sun and that one still stands as my favorite continuation novel but Horowitz is a worthy and welcomed contributor.
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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    JET007 wrote: »
    Still not a fan of it being a period piece

    Yeah, I mean, look at how good Gardner's, Benson's and Deaver's efforts were.

    Seriously, why are so many people against a period piece? Trigger Mortis was a period piece and it was the best James Bond novel since Colonel Sun. Granted, it was not just the time setting that made it beautiful, but still.
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    @Walecs, I enjoyed those, actually. However, it's been a while and I'm curious how they'll hold up again now that I've been rereading Fleming.
  • edited October 2016 Posts: 2,482
    All I can say is: yes, yes yes!

    If IFP hadn't have asked Horowitz to return I would have been genuinely confused.

    Happy James Bond week!
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Has there been any word yet as to whether or not Horowitz will once again be using another of the unused Fleming television scripts as a starting point? I hope to be able to read the three or four remainig in my life time. The fact that there is unpublished Fleming Bond still out there makes life much more exciting.
  • HASEROTHASEROT has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season---
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    *gasp* you mean they actually got an author to come back for book #2??

    ... not since Benson? if i am correct - and i don't really count his novelization of DAD, so that would mean TMWTRT? (and i am talking about adult Bond cannon, not the Higson young Bond.)..

    i have yet to read or even own Trigger Mortis, will get around to it eventually.....

    the last Bond novel i was reading but never finished was Carte Blanche... For a 21st century approach to Bond, I was liking it - there were some awesomely tense moments in there, and the part with Bond having to escape a building rigged to be demolished was great (and it kind of makes me wonder if they purged that bit for the end of SP with the ruined MI6 building)... but i remember leaving off around the part where the villain thinks he's trapped Bond in a lie - and Bond goes through this elaborate ruse of a faux office to convince him otherwise.. that seemed a little silly to me - but everything up to then i liked..

    i got to give Solo another try.. the whole beginning with the woman just didn't interest me - it was a lot of build up that ultimately went nowhere, and i kind of lost track of reading it further after that.
  • edited October 2016 Posts: 2,482
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Has there been any word yet as to whether or not Horowitz will once again be using another of the unused Fleming television scripts as a starting point? I hope to be able to read the three or four remainig in my life time. The fact that there is unpublished Fleming Bond still out there makes life much more exciting.

    Seems like it: "Once again Horowitz's book will be based in the 1960s and will feature previously unpublished material by Ian Fleming."

    https://www.mi6-hq.com/sections/articles/literary-anthony-horowitz-second-james-bond-novel?id=04159

    Pity that we have to wait until 2018, but still, I'd much rather wait longer for an author who has proven himself in the literary world of Bond than to wait for a shorter time for another gamble.

    Unless I'm mistaken, there's been no official mention of worldwide sales figures for Trigger Mortis.

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    I had the amazing pleasure of meeting Mr. Horowitz at a book launch last night. He was very pleasant and approachable. I got my copy of Trigger Mortis signed by him and was able to chat away with him for a bit about Bond and Sherlock Holmes.

    He couldn't give me much info on the new Bond book but he list off the locations that the book will be set it (I can't remember many of them now but they were all rather classic exotic Bond locations). He also said that there are four Fleming TV treatments remaining but none are as strong as Murder on Wheels so he may need to get creative with it.

    The biggest news of all however was that the book will be a prequel to Casino Royale!
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    Thanks for the news, @TR007. It'll be very interesting to know what will the prequel represent...

    That also said, the Dynamite comics are also working on prequel stories set prior to the events of CR. A period piece.
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    Woh, woh, woh, yeah thanksfor the new TR007, have he really clearly said that this would be a prequel to CR ? I can't believe it
  • edited October 2016 Posts: 2,482
    TR007 wrote: »
    I had the amazing pleasure of meeting Mr. Horowitz at a book launch last night. He was very pleasant and approachable. I got my copy of Trigger Mortis signed by him and was able to chat away with him for a bit about Bond and Sherlock Holmes.

    He couldn't give me much info on the new Bond book but he list off the locations that the book will be set it (I can't remember many of them now but they were all rather classic exotic Bond locations). He also said that there are four Fleming TV treatments remaining but none are as strong as Murder on Wheels so he may need to get creative with it.

    The biggest news of all however was that the book will be a prequel to Casino Royale!

    Thanks for the intel! A prequel to the great CR! Great stuff if this eventuates. A more inexperienced Bond in the golden days of espionage will make for fascinating reading. Can you remember any of the locations he mentioned? I wonder if any of Fleming's threatments are based before CR. Too bad we have to wait until 2018 but it'll be worth it, I'm sure. This is a much better option than getting a book sooner but by another author who may mess it up.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    It seems Horowitz is set up to adapt all the Fleming unused content into books for IFP, judging by how he's responded to questions of the next book.
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    @bounine I can't remember off the top of my head I'm afraid but I'm almost certain that France was mentioned and maybe someplace like Morocco or the Bahamas. He named quite a few locations but I can't recall.

    @clarkdevlin I knew Dynamite were doing a CR adaptation but I didn't know that they were doing a prequel too. If I had known at the time I would have mentioned it to him. I doubt he keeps up to speed with the world of Bond comics so it will be interesting to see what happens.

    Horowitz also mentioned that he is working on an Alex Rider book at the moment and some short stories so he hasn't sat down to focus his attention properly on Bond. That won't happen until next year but he's very excited and eager to jump into that world again. His knowledge of Fleming's books was very impressive and his love for those books really shone through as I was chatting to him.
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    I wonder if the locations he mentioned are on a longish list of possible destinations which he will choose two or three from or if he plans to have the one book set in many locations,which I don't like the sound of.
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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    A prequel? I'm even more excited about Horowitz's next Bond novel.
  • BondJasonBond006BondJasonBond006 on fb and ajb
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    I will finally give in and read a Bond novel outside of Fleming. It's a big step for me people.

    Which book shall I read? There are so many?

    I have no clue and need help.
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    Start with Colonel Sun. It's a cracking read. I'd try Trigger Mortis after that.
    Let us know how you find those two books and we can recommend some of the novels in between (which can be a mixed bag)
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    Finished Trigger Mortis in four sittings in my local library. It was a real page turner for me. So I'd welcome the aurhor back for another novel.
  • mcdonbbmcdonbb deep in the Heart of Texas
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    I will finally give in and read a Bond novel outside of Fleming. It's a big step for me people.

    Which book shall I read? There are so many?

    I have no clue and need help.

    My personal favorite is Colonel Sun. I think partly because the copy I read was an old copy from the library. A real book ...hardcover, aged pages... not a paperback or some digital version.

    But beyond that I have a fondness for that book and for Fleming's Moonraker.

    Never finished Carte Blanche nor Solo... just didn't take to either of those.

  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    I may be the only one in here really to like Raymond Benson as a continuation novel writer as a whole.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    I may be the only one in here really to like Raymond Benson as a continuation novel writer as a whole.

    I like Raymond Benson's Bond novels too but I agree that there are few of us around here or elsewhere for that matter. I just hope that Anthony Horowitz writes as many Bond novels as a Benson or Gardner.
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    Benson did write some good 007 tales but they are somehow closer to the movie 007 than the Fleming 007.

    That said with the gaining popularity I am sure that had Fleming lived he might have been influenced by the movie series as well.
    I guess most continuation writers have been influenced one way or another by the movie series. With some it shows more or less Bensons gift was his encyclopedia of 007 movies, which I still have somewhere among my books and his books are well written and show a gaining skill in writing fairly good thrillers. They are very entertaining that is for sure.
  • mcdonbbmcdonbb deep in the Heart of Texas
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    I may be the only one in here really to like Raymond Benson as a continuation novel writer as a whole.

    I liked Benson's ..they were honest efforts and he did seem a bit more creative than Gardner's later efforts.

    As a writer his inexperience showed. Plus to me Benson always read as a Texan trying to write as an Englishman.

    Benson is though I feel a good student of Bond just like Amis was. Just not quite the same calibre of writer at the time.
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    I think it is difficult to copy Fleming and somehow Benson never really did and that is what makes it somehow easy to read, Some of Gardners later efforts were books I found less palatable and as for the three celebrity efforts they were decent enough but just failed at the finish line. They left me not in a happy mood.
  • MrBondMrBond Station S
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    Start off with the brilliant Colonel Sun. That one really captures the spirit of Fleming, albeit in a new package. There are some interesting twists and turns, some great characters and very good continuation on Bond as a character.
    Thereafter I recommend you take on Gardner, read his books as a continuation in a "different universe". Don't think too much of his books in relation to how Fleming wrote. Read them as Gardners own take on Bond. Once you get into them they are a cracking read as well.
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    MrBond wrote: »
    Start off with the brilliant Colonel Sun. That one really captures the spirit of Fleming, albeit in a new package. There are some interesting twists and turns, some great characters and very good continuation on Bond as a character.
    Thereafter I recommend you take on Gardner, read his books as a continuation in a "different universe". Don't think too much of his books in relation to how Fleming wrote. Read them as Gardners own take on Bond. Once you get into them they are a cracking read as well.

    Good advice indeed.

    Great stuff is also written by Christopher Wood whose two efforts prove a novelisation can be actually more than the movie. It has some excellent Flemingesque taste to it.

    The Moneypenny trilogy is excellent as well written from the point of view by Moneypenny and a pretty decent thriller as well.

    Benson as mentioned fairly decent and the Young Bond novels by Higson are surprisingly fun to read.

  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Colonel Sun & Wood's Spy Who Loved Me are must-reads IMHO.
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    I would start with John Pearson's biography of Bond. Still the best non Fleming Bond book. If I was to talk about all Bond related literature, my next recommendation following the biography would be the Moneypenny Diaries which are superb but Bond isn't the focus.
  • stagstag In the thick of it!
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    I have had TM sitting on my bookshelf since it first came out. I promised myself I would read it when I had finished my book. Unfortunately my ambition was dashed for when that was published I immediately set to work on the second!

    I will read it one day!
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