New York, NY: Viking Press, 1965. FIRST US EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Small octavo. Publisher's white cloth with 'Walther' device in black, red endpapers, illustrated jacket by Raymond Hawkey. A lovely fine copy. An unusual piece of Bondiana, rarely seen signed. Bill Tanner is a fictional character in the James Bond novels, who holds the position of MI6 Chief of Staff; Fleming reveals that he is James Bond's closest friend in the service, and he was a regular character in the later continuation series by John Gardner. In 1965, Kingsley Amis wrote 'The Book of Bond' as a tongue-in-cheek manual for prospective secret agents, illustrated with examples from Fleming's novels. For this work, Amis used the pseudonym "Lt. Colonel William ('Bill') Tanner" Item #45800
BMC No.1 p.4-13 'Fleming and Bond; Related Titles'. Ex-Peter Stern of Boston.
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