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#1 zencat

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:50 PM

Even if you haven't read the Young Bond novels, I think you'll enjoy this look at the creation of a James Bond book/series. It's not often we get this good of a look behind the curtain.

http://www.thebookbo...james-bond.html

#2 Matt_13

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:00 PM

WOW. Nice work Zen! This is terrific!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:14 PM

Great article! Lots of interesting info I didn't know of before.

I was too a bit sceptical at the beginning, and still feel that Silverfin is the weakest of the Young Bonds, but it totally turned for me when I read Bloodfever. It is really a good read, even for adults, and in all ways a great Bond novel.

Waiting for the next article...

#4 Jim

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:26 PM

Splendid; excellent article.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:30 PM

Brilliant stuff. :tup: :tup:

#6 zencat

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 08:40 PM

Thanks guys. A lot of this info is brand new. All the stuff about Kate Jones' involvement has never been told, and she had so much to do with the series. It really struck me that we know so little about what goes on behind the scenes with the books. But we got a lot of info from IFP, Charlie, etc., re Young Bond. I figured if I pulled it all together (before I forget or lose it all), I could do something that's never been done -- tell the "making of" story of an entire Bond book series.

I have all the other articles roughed out. I'll polish them up and post as the mood hits. :)

#7 Major Tallon

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:24 PM

Great work, Zencat! Looking forward to future installments.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:42 PM

Splendid!

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:52 PM

Oh, very good. :tup:
No better man to write this story down than yourself, zen.

Interesting to read about some of the rejected ideas. I believe the 'dog' idea was briefly speculated on this board, good that they dropped it.
Minor correction: German publisher's name is 'Arena Verlag' - 'Verlag' means just 'publishing house' ;)

#10 zencat

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:19 AM

Ah, thank you. Fixed.

#11 glidrose

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 01:54 AM

Fantastic piece. Eagerly await the next installment. I too thought YB was a dumb idea until I read the books. I think Higson's contributions are among the finest Bond novels. Count me among those who want Higson to do adult Bond.

#12 zencat

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 08:28 PM

Part II - Fever Pitch:

http://www.thebookbo...-bond-part.html

#13 Major Tallon

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:07 PM

Part II:

http://www.thebookbo...-bond-part.html

More wonderful stuff, Zencat. Thank you.

#14 Kronsteen

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:45 AM

Yet again a great read!

#15 zencat

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:56 PM

Thanks gang. I actually think this is the weakest part. I just don't have much on the behind the scenes of Blood Fever. But I've got lots of great stuff on the rest of the books.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:03 PM

Most interesting nonetheless, didn't know the first two books did so well.

#17 Major Tallon

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 05:06 PM

I've got a question, Zencat. Higson refers to first and second drafts of Blood Fever. I've made quite a little hobby of checking out manuscripts and early drafts of Bond fiction, such as the Fleming manuscipts at the Lilly Library and Ben Hecht's "Casino Royale" at the Newberry Library.

Do you know if the Young Bond drafts/manuscripts are preserved anywhere?

Just curious.

#18 zencat

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:56 PM

Good question. I don't know that. I'd think IFP would keep an original manuscript of some kind. Be nice to find that out.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:22 PM

Part III - Name Game:

http://www.thebookbo...nd-part_29.html

#20 Major Tallon

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:37 PM

Simply excellent!

#21 zencat

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:51 PM

Thank you, Major. :)

#22 Simon

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:07 AM

Superb.

#23 stromberg

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:01 PM

Brilliant work, once again. Great info about the title competition. Posted Image

#24 Dustin

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:15 PM

Truly most interesting background story there. I completely missed the trouble around the title.

#25 zencat

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:08 PM

Thanks guys. Working on the next part now. I've got lots of good stuff on Hurricane Gold.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

These articles are amazing. Great work as always Zencat. Can't wait for the rest of them!

#27 zencat

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:17 PM

Thanks Ry.

Part IV, Gold Standard, is up today.

http://www.thebookbo...-bond-part.html

#28 Dustin

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:53 PM

Splendid work as ever. Particularly interesting Higson felt his Young Bond had become a character of his own. Exactly my thoughts.

#29 Major Tallon

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:34 PM

Great work as always, Zencat!

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:33 AM

Doctor Thong? Takes some getting used to. I'm sure Fleming would have made it work.

Hey Zen, you think you could find out what other gems are in those Fleming notebooks?




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