003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1967. [Young Bond] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.175 [1]. Publisher's black cloth, with gilt titles to spine and cartographic endpapers. With the dust-jacket illustrated by Jane Hood, priced at 16s. With occasional illustrations by Christopher Chamberlain. A few spots/marks to edges, dust-jacket a little edge worn but without the usual fading to the red portions of the spine panel. A bright copy, with a paper reinforcement to the inside of the spine. From the comprehensive James Bond collection assembled by Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert (bookplate to first blank). Although an officially licensed spin-off, 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior is considered a failed attempt at launching a youth-oriented line of fiction aimed at 8 to 14 year olds. A moderately successful TV cartoon series by the same name was, produced by EON Productions (1991), and in 2005, unrelated to 003½, Ian Fleming Publications published a successful youth-oriented line of 'Young Bond' adventures by Charlie Higson, featuring James Bond the schoolboy. The UK edition precedes the US first printing. Item #64941

Gilbert, p. 614.

Price: £195.00

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