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24th June 2008
The Battle For Bond by Robert Sellers
Second Edition

BATTLE FOR BOND second edition - with foreward by LEN DEIGHTON


The second edition of the most controversial book ever written about the development of James Bond from literary character to screen hero was re-published on 23rd June 2008. Robert Sellers’ book The Battle For Bond is now smaller in size, with less photographs than the original, but in a more affordable edition (under a £tenner) and with completely unaltered text. The author and publisher have written a new introduction detailing their feelings about The Fleming Will Trust's actions against them and the first edition of the book.

But the grand coup for this second edition is a brand new foreword by no less a personage than ‘Harry Palmer’ author Len Deighton, where he includes fascinating personal insights into his friendship with Ian Fleming, and Kevin McClory, as well as the author's personal feelings about the banning of the first edition.

If you missed out on the first edition of The Battle For Bond – don’t miss this one!

Sylvan Mason, James Pickard and Battle For Bond author Robert Sellers

ABOVE: Thunderball screenwriter Jack Whittingham’s daughter, Sylvan Mason, and ‘Battle For Bond’ author Robert Sellers visit James Pickard, the co-author of the only Ian Fleming bibliography written to date, and one of the world's leading authorities on the first editions of Ian Fleming at his home, which houses possibly the most impressive collection of Ian Fleming memorabilia in the world.


Watch the BBC Look North news item covering the attempt to squash Robert Sellers' landmark book The Battle for Bond by the Ian Fleming Will Trust.

Download the Radio 5 Live interview!Listen to Robert Sellers and Sylvan Mason interviewed about
The Battle For Bond on BBC Radio's 5 Live.
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Sean Connery - James Bond in Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983) The Battle For Bond Len Deighton writes the new introduction to the 2nd edition of The Battle For Bond
Sean Connery The Battle For Bond Kevin McClory producer Thunderball (1965)

ABOVE: Sean Connery, Len Deighton and Kevin McClory during discussions for their aborted Bond project.

Read exclusive extracts from
The Battle For Bond

Read ROBERT SELLERS' response to the
banning of the first edition of The Battle For Bond