A few tantalising titbits of information have recently been released by Ian Fleming Publications about the forthcoming new Young Bond novels to be released later this year.
On 5 March they posted the following on their website:
BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.
BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.
James Bond hits Hollywood . . .
Lights. Camera. Murder.
Young Bond is back – in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet; something terrible is happening in Tinseltown . . .
Stay tuned for more news about Steve Cole’s first YOUNG BOND novel, coming to a bookshop near you in Autumn 2014.
To me this sounds excellent as I can just picture Bond in his teenage years looking into the dark side of 1930's Hollywood - full of glitz, glamour, gangsters and girls. I hope that Steve Cole is as descriptive in his writing as his Young Bond predecessor then we'll be transported back to the world quicker than Dr. Who in his Tardis.
A few days later on 17 March the below appeared on the Ian Fleming Publications website:
Young James Bond is set to return this Autumn, in a new adventure which will take him to the glittering lights and seedy underbelly of Hollywood…
Continuing where Charlie Higson’s series left off, the title and details of Steve Cole’s first YOUNG BOND novel remain a closely guarded secret. However, we can reveal the striking new YOUNG BOND logo:
I like the logo - I think it's very similar to the logo of the Charlie Higson era young Bond, (see the top of the page if you've not seen that logo before), but it's different enough to show that this is a new series of book by a new author. It will also be interesting to found out how Bond copes with the battles of adolesence - let along any villians that Steve Cole throws at him.
One of the best online resources for news on any books about 007 is the excellent webisite The Book Bond.
The site is created by Literary Bond authority John Cox and not only covers the Bond novels but any kind of book written about 007.
John provided excellent coverage of the Higson era Young Bond novels and you can read his excellent look at the Young Bond phenomenon here.
The Book Bond website is certainly worth a bookmark on anybody's web-browser that enjoys reading anything about James Bond.