Today sees the UK release of the newest James Bond novel, the eagerly-awaited Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson, latest in his series of "Young Bond" adventures. And its release is a good occasion for me to once again shamelessly plug this series for anyone who will listen! I’ve said it before, but I know that it needs to be said again and again (because I still hear Bond fans who haven’t read them complain that these aren’t "real" Bond books): these are among the very best of the post-Fleming continuation novels. In my opinion, they are as "real" as Amis or Gardner or Benson. And unlike those latter two, who updated 007 to the eras in which they were writing, the Young Bond stories actually take place in Fleming’s continuity; they’re set in the 1930s, the boyhood era of the famous Cold Warrior who was in his prime in the Fifties and Sixties.
An Introduction to Young Bond, and a Comparison to Alex Rider
A Review of Double Or Die, Higson’s Last Book
A Review of The Young Bond Rough Guide To London
Various Young Bond News Items