London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. [James Bond] FIRST EDITION, First Impression. Small octavo (18 x 14cm), pp.111; . Publisher's black cloth, gilt endpapers. Illustrated throughout. With Raymond Hawkey-designed 'reversible' book-jacket for work in the field; the pictorial dust-wrapper can be rapidly disguised as a bible. Ink ownership to endpaper, small patch of soiling to foot of jacket at spine, price clipped. An unusual piece of Bondiana. Bill Tanner is a fictional character in the James Bond novel series, 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 #64480
BMC No.1 p.4-13 'Fleming and Bond; Related Titles'. Ian Fleming The Bibliography pp.634, 644.
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