London: Hodder and Stoughton. 1998. FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Raymond Benson's second novel. Hardback, bound in publisher's cloth with pictorial dustwrapper. Both the book and the jacket are absolutely fine/unread. Warehoused by ourselves since publication; this copy is as new. The hardcover versions were printed in tiny numbers (typically around three or four thousand copies only), and all are now rather elusive. Raymond Benson was the fifth author appointed to write James Bond novels, following creator Ian Fleming and his successors Kingsley Amis (as Robert Markham), Christopher Wood and John Gardner. His first James Bond short story appeared in Playboy magazine, and between 1997 and 2002 Benson wrote six original series novels and three novelisations for the Pierce Brosnan 007 films 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'The World Is Not Enough' and 'Die Another Day'. Mr Benson was an obvious choice as he was something of a Bondian expert, having published the impressive 'James Bond Bedside Companion' in 1984, and an updated version in 1988. As leading James Bond First Edition retailers we held several booksigning events at our shop as part of Raymond's UK visits to promote the 007 novels. Item #38534
Hubin; Crime Fiction IV. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, page 613.