The future of the literary Bond is in more doubt
than ever before, despite a release from Ian Fleming
Publications on the matter...
Literary Bond Future In Doubt
27th May 2003
Ian Fleming Publications, renamed from Gildrose after the Fleming
estate took sole control, have been inundated with queries from
Bond fans about the future of the literary series since Raymond
Benson stood down from the role in February 2003.
The publishers issued a statement to subscribers of their newsletter
today outlining the current state of affairs.
Statement From IFP
As many of you
will know from our news service, Special Agent Raymond Benson
is going to be concentrating on new activities in the future.
We have been conducting a top-secret review of the way in which
the missions of 007 will be reported from now on. Results of that
review are, at the present time, classified in order to protect
007 who is currently working undercover. Miss Moneypenny will
not, therefore, be responding to any further enquiries on this
subject, but we will inform you of new developments as soon as
it becomes appropriate to do so.
A number of
field operatives have contacted us recently wishing to put themselves
forward as candidates for the role of recounting the missions
of James Bond in print. Miss Moneypenny would like to thank those
operatives for their enquiries, but we will not be accepting any
such offers and our policy on unsolicited manuscript material
remains unchanged: we always return it unread.
Decoding The Gibberish
MI6 has already received many emails from literary fans bemused
as to why Ian Fleming Publications released the news in such a
condescending and childish manner. Making matters worse, IFP stated
(in-between the patronising phrases) that no news would be released
about the new author, or if one will be appointed at all.
The future of the literary series is more doubt than ever before.
Make Your Voice Heard
MI6 has opened a petition for for readers of the Bond books.
If you want a new author appointed to continue the literary James
Bond series (Fleming, Amis, Gardner, Benson), then simply email
your name to:
MI6 will not distribute or use your email address.
Benson Breaks From Bonding