London: Pan Books, 1966. [Bond reference] FIRST PAPERBACK EDITION. Octavo (18 x 12cm), pp.111; , endmatter and advertisements. Bound in pictorial card covers designed by Raymond Hawkey, priced at 3/6 to back. Original small bookshop ticket to inside cover. A particularly fine copy. Uncommon thus. 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 #65081
BMC No.1 p.4-13 'Fleming and Bond; Related Titles'. Gilbert, Jon; Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, page 592, see also Appendix A, page 634.
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