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Higson puts the Bond back into books

Tom Bond

It’s been a long and memorable 50 years for the James Bond film franchise, but in the new millennium its reputation was flagging. As part of its reinvention, Charlie Higson published the first of his celebrated Young Bond series, Silverfin, in 2005, reintroducing a new generation to the man with the licence to kill.

James Bond is one of the most iconic literary spies of all time, so surely it was a risky move to takeover such a well-loved series? For Higson, there was no debate: “the chance to write a James Bond book was too good an offer to turn down.” Ian Fleming Publications approached him because “they were looking for someone who knew the Fleming books well.” The aim of the series was to reclaim Bond’s literary legacy and “remind people that Bond started in books.” Higson also had three young boys when he was approached so…

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