The legacy of the James Bond creator will be honored with new editions of the original 007 novels, marking the 70th anniversary of the series in print next year.
Fleming Publications Ltd (IFPL), the publishing company that owns the literary rights to Fleming’s books, will produce new editions of the spy series as well as editions of the author’s nonfiction and his children’s classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The news was announced on the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the first Bond film, Dr No, starring Sir Sean Connery, on 5 October 1962.
New versions under the Ian Fleming Publications brand will be launched in the UK and Commonwealth markets in spring 2023.
Fleming’s collection of original Bond novels and short stories will launch on April 13 next year, 70 years after the author first introduced agent 007 MI6 to the world with the publication of Casino Royale in 2016. 1953.
Since that debut, more than a hundred million copies of the Bond franchise have been sold worldwide, according to Ian Fleming Publications.
The new editions will initially be released as paperbacks and e-books, with covers by design company Webb & Webb, and hardcover and limited editions will follow.
They will also include the publishing company’s logo and The Ian Fleming Estate of a swallowtail hummingbird, Jamaica’s national bird, where Fleming has written classic adventure stories.
IFPL CEO Corinne Turner said: “IFPL has enjoyed a partnership for many years with publishing partners Random House and Penguin, but we felt it was time to change course.
“The 70th Anniversary of Casino Royale is the ideal opportunity to bring the publication of Ian’s books, allowing us to engage directly with our readers and fans.
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“We hope our new editions will reach as wide a audience as possible, engaging long-time readers as well as those who have yet to discover Bond novels.”
Fergus Fleming, Fleming’s grandson, added: “Before he wrote best-selling novels, Ian was a publisher. The fact that IFPL should publish his own book completes the circle. “
Curtis Brown Group, IFPL’s literary representative, will continue to manage the licensing of the subsidiary’s rights to the new imprint.
Jonny Geller, chief executive officer of The Curtis Brown Group, said: “Ian Fleming Publications has always been a creative, dynamic and innovative manager of Ian Fleming’s work and everyone at Curtis Brown looks forward to it. would love to work with them on this exciting next phase.
“Finding a new generation of James Bond readers has always been a priority, and IFPL’s plan to publish classic original novels does this with enormous energy and creativity.”
The move marks a new direction for Ian Fleming Publishing as the 10-year license agreement with Penguin Random House (Vintage), for the UK and Commonwealth, has come to an end.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/new-editions-of-original-bond-novels-to-be-released-under-ian-fleming-imprint-42042674.html New editions of original Bond novels to be released under the imprint of Ian Fleming