Monday, 26 June 2017

THE BOND THAT NEVER WAS...


Cover art by PAUL MANN

Two decades ago, the producers of the James Bond movies
hired legendary crime novelist Donald E. Westlake to come up
with a story for the next Bond film.  The plot Westlake dreamed up -
about a Western businessman seeking revenge after being kicked out
of Hong Kong when the island was returned to Chinese rule - had
all the elements of a classic Bond adventure, but political concerns
kept it from being made.  Never one to let a good story go to waste,
Westlake wrote an original novel based on the premise instead -
a novel he never published while he was alive.

Now, nearly a decade after Westlake's death, Hard Case
Crime is proud to give that novel its first publication ever, to-
gether with a brand new afterword by one of the movie produc-
ers describing the project's genesis, and to give fans their first
taste of the Westlake-scripted Bond that might have been.

(From the dustjacket.  Emphasis mine.)

Available now from FORBIDDEN PLANET
& all good bookstores.  This one you gotta read.

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How's this for a spooky coincidence?  When I scanned
 the cover, it came up as img007.  Apropriate or what?

2 comments:

John Pitt said...

No, but I tell you what IS a spooky coincidence, Kid! I have literally JUST finished another one of my mini-projects on all the "other" JB books, then I click on here and what do I see?
AND I hadn't got this one!!
I have jokingly called you Prof. X with your mutant mind many times!
Now I'm not so sure that it's a joke!!

Kid said...

Well, I'm sure there are quite a lot of people who would label me with an X, JP - though not in a positive way.

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