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  1. December 13, 2013

    Dead men’s pens: reinventing Wodehouse, Austen and Chandler

    John Fisher’s paintings of writer’s desks One summer morning earlier this year, John Banville, the Man Booker prizewinning...

  2. September 26, 2013

    Solo, by William Boyd

    Solo, by William Boyd, Jonathan Cape, RRP£18.99, 336 pages It turns out that Ian Fleming wasn’t so much James Bond’s creator...

  1. September 24, 2013

    Uralkali: China and Russian politics

    The story of Uralkali and Belaruskali would make a fine Ian Fleming novel. Russian and Belarusian potash miners clash,...

  2. February 10, 2013

    Bond wins best film prize at Baftas

    Skyfall picked up another accolade on Sunday, being named Outstanding British Film of the year at the Bafta awards. The Bond...

  3. October 12, 2012

    The name’s Wilson, Michael Wilson

    “Well,” said Barbara Broccoli, “Michael had many careers before the film one. He has an engineering background, and he has a...

  4. October 4, 2012

    The Bond that yielded billions

    We expect some promotional puffery in the weeks leading up to the new James Bond film, Skyfall. But Everything or Nothing:...

  5. August 30, 2012

    Remake prompts total recoil

    One of cinema’s jiviest science fiction films, the original Total Recall of 1990 – imagining a future in which man is so...

  6. July 20, 2012

    Time bandits

    The House of Rumour, by Jake Arnott, Sceptre, RRP£17.99, 401 pages If The House of Rumour’s fragmented narrative can be said...

  7. May 22, 2012

    A Marvellous Year for Plums, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex, UK

    “Once trust is lost, it’s gone for ever. . .  friendship, marriage, government . . . “ It is obliging of Hugh Whitemore to...

  8. April 18, 2012

    Amazon to publish James Bond novels

    Amazon has turned to James Bond to boost the online retailer’s move into publishing by acquiring the rights to the backlist...

  9. April 5, 2012

    Judging a book by its cover

    “Modern first editions” is a recognised book collectors’ genre, but any investor looking to assess the performance of these...

  10. January 4, 2012

    Bats about competing with the big names

    How does a cricket fan bide their time during this bleak weather especially with alternatives few and far between – distant...

  11. November 5, 2011

    Small talk: Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz, 55, has published more than 50 books and written for television, film and the theatre. His books include...

  12. September 23, 2011

    The Fear Index

    The financial world is a difficult milieu for the thriller writer. In theory, all that wealth and conflict – the fear and...

  13. June 24, 2011

    EMI is as British as Nat King Cole

    From Mr Jonathan P. Kahn. Sir, As the next chapter in the EMI saga unfolds, it ought to be clarified that the British part...

  14. June 3, 2011

    Relicensed to kill

    Carte Blanche, by Jeffery Deaver, Hodder & Staughton, RRP£19.99, 432 pages There is a ritual towards the end of most James...

  15. May 6, 2011

    Kingdom of elegance

    The seafront at Deauville, with cabins bearing names of film industry legends “I was expecting something a bit like...

  16. February 28, 2011

    Book cover: Funeral in Berlin

    Funeral in Berlin, by Len Deighton, Jonathan Cape, 1964, cover by Raymond Hawkey Raymond Hawkey, who designed this cover,...

  17. January 28, 2011

    Heights of fashion

    Charles Finch with some of his line It’s only taken me 25 years of talking about opening my own store – Chucs Dive and...

  18. December 17, 2010

    For your eyes only

    The Royal Palm Villa at GoldenEye resort When I finally pull myself away from the terrace above the cliffs it is because I...

  19. May 28, 2010

    James Bond will fight another day

    James Bond, the fictional British spy created by Ian Fleming in 1952, will fight another day in a new novel to be penned by...

  20. May 28, 2010

    James Bond lives to fight another day

    James Bond, the fictional British spy created by Ian Fleming in 1952, will fight another day in a new novel to be penned by...

  21. January 27, 2010

    Rowe not Rowan

    Arden's retail analyst Nick Bubb was of course at Rowe & Pitman not Rowan Pitman, as recorded in yesterday's column. Other...

  22. October 19, 2009

    Devil May Care

    Devil May Care By Sebastian Faulks (writing as Ian Fleming) Penguin 2008 Cover by The Partners In the newest James Bond...

  23. September 19, 2009

    T-Force

    T-Force: The Race for Nazi War Secrets, 1945 By Sean Longden Constable £20, 380 pages FT Bookshop price: £16 Target Force,...

  24. June 15, 2009

    Devil May Care

    Devil May Care By Sebastian Faulks Penguin £7.99, 395 pages FT Bookshop price: £6.39 James Bond returns from a recuperative...

  25. December 13, 2008

    Silverfin

    Charlie Higson's Young Bond novels pull off the trick of appealing to a younger audience while not offending 007 purists...

  26. December 9, 2008

    Christie Hefner to resign as chief of Playboy

    Playboy chief executive Christie Hefner will step down in January, ending 50 years of family executive leadership at the...

  27. December 6, 2008

    The Napoleon of crime

    Moriarty by John Gardner Quercus £14.99 300 pages FT Bookshop price: £11.99 John Gardner died in August last year, aged 80....

  28. October 25, 2008

    Goggling and giggling: not the Bond way

    This week past, I heard a talk by a former high security official, who cannot be identified. One of the audience, warning...

  29. October 25, 2008

    Goggling and giggling: not the Bond way

    This week past, I heard a talk by a former high security official, who cannot be identified. One of the audience, warning...

  30. October 18, 2008

    Take 5 - Islands

    Location: Nova Scotia, Canada Price: C$2.9m/£1.54m The 150-acre West Ironbound Island, situated along the south shore, lies...

  31. August 23, 2008

    TV films

    The highlight of a Saturday packed with various 1960s-themed movie treats is the seminal Bonnie and Clyde (ITV3 10.30pm),...

  32. August 23, 2008

    Paperbacks: Bamboo

    Bamboo by William Boyd Bloomsbury £9.99 650 pages FT Bookshop price: £7.99 Bamboo corrals William Boyd's prolific...

  33. August 23, 2008

    Murder they wrote

    When he was directing the 1946 film The Big Sleep, director Howard Hawks literally lost the plot. He had to telegraph...

  34. May 31, 2008

    Shaky, not stirring

    If there were to be a principle of Bond-writing, it might be expressed as a version of Gresham's Law. It once made one...

  35. May 31, 2008

    Shaky, not stirring

    Devil May Care By Sebastian Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming Penguin £18.99, 322 pages FT bookshop price: £15.19 If there were...

  36. May 30, 2008

    Name is Bradshaw

    So which one are you: James Bond, Oddjob, Q, Goldfinger? It is a daft question and not one typically asked of Bond fans,...

  37. May 24, 2008

    Radio choice - Martin Hoyle

    Wednesday sees the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth. Today Radio 4 celebrates man and author respectively in The Bond...

  38. May 10, 2008

    Bonding over burgundy

    Only a few minutes after Sebastian Faulks arrives, it's clear that each of us is here for a different reason. The author...

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