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Sherlock star Mark Gatiss writes foreword for Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

Writer and actor Mark Gatiss, star of the BBC drama Sherlock, has penned the foreword to Splendid Books’ forthcoming title Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan.

“We are absolutely delighted that Mark Gatiss, who is a huge Bond fan, has written a superbly witty and incisive foreword,” says Shoba Vazirani, Editorial Director at Splendid Books.

“Author Mark O’Connell has penned a very funny, interesting and poignant book in Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan and Mark Gatiss’ foreword complements it perfectly.”

In addition former Bond girl Maud Adams, who starred with Roger Moore in the 007 film Octopussy has contributed an afterword to the book. “To have Mark Gatiss and Maud Adams flanking the shoulders of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is a true honour,” says Mark O’Connell.

Published by Splendid Books, Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan is from the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to legendary 007 producer Cubby Broccoli. It is a love-letter to James Bond, Duran Duran title songs and bolting down your tea quick enough to watch Roger Moore falling out of a plane without a parachute.

Mark Gatiss is one of the co-creators and stars of award-winning Sherlock, a regular contributor on Doctor Who, starred in and co-wrote The League of Gentlemen and is the cape-twirling force behind BBC Four’s A History of Horror and its imminent bloody sequel. Maud Adams starred in cult favourites Rollerball and Tattoo, Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time, as well as 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun and the title role in 1983’s Octopussy.

Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan will be published on September 3rd 2012 priced £7.99. Copies can be pre-ordered at the pre-publication price of £6.99 here.

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Splendid Books to publish The Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses

Splendid Books is to publish The Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses with a foreword by the classic sitcom’s star Sir David Jason.

The book, compiled by Dan Sullivan, son of Only Fools and Horses creator John Sullivan OBE, is a collection of the best quotes and one-liners from the show, which have been brought together for the first time.

Sir David Jason says: “To pay homage to the wit and wisdom of the brilliant dialogue and comic lines in Only Fools and Horses is really a massive tribute to the writer and my dear friend, John Sullivan.

“With John’s untimely death in 2011, I am more than happy to applaud his comic genius and talents through this very funny and insightful book. As I once acknowledged at a BAFTA evening, John gave me the ammunition and I fired the gun and I know the rest of the cast felt that too.”

“This book contains the very best of John Sullivan’s brilliant lines and we’re absolutely delighted that Sir David Jason has generously written a foreword to the book,” says Splendid Books’ Publishing Director Steve Clark.

The Wit and Wisdom of Only Fools and Horses will be published on October 8th 2012 priced £4.99. Copies can be pre-order at the discounted price of £3.99 (RRP £4.99) here.

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Splendid Books to publish Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan

Splendid Books has acquired Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan by comedy writer Mark O’Connell.

O’Connell’s debut book is from the offbeat vantage point of a gay teenager whose grandfather was chauffeur to legendary 007 producer Albert R. Broccoli. It will be published in September 2012.

When Jimmy O’Connell took a job as chauffeur for 007 producers Eon Productions, it would not just be Cubby Broccoli, Roger Moore and Sean Connery he would drive to James Bond – his grandson Mark swiftly hitched a ride…

In Catching Bullets Mark takes us on a humorous journey of filmic discovery combining the Bond movies with his own complicated adolescence through to adult life as a comedy writer still inspired by that Broccoli movie magic.

“Mark O’Connell is a great new writing talent and we are delighted to be publishing his first book,” says Splendid Books’ Editorial Director Shoba Vazirani. “Catching Bullets is very funny and he brings a genuinely new insight into the Bond film phenomena.

“The book is a fascinating journey, in which Mark reconsiders all the Bond films as they fire into his and everyone’s cinema-going memories.”

You can pre-order Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan at the discounted price of £6.99 (RRP £7.99) here.

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