The Killing Zone: The Most Famous Unofficial James Bond Novel
Ian Fleming, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and even Robert Markham all have one thing in common: they are the only official James Bond novelists. While countless Bond fans have toyed around their keyboards creating Bond fan-fiction stories and novels, it is impossible to ever get one published. Or is it?
In 1985, Jim Hatfield managed to write and publish an unofficial Bond novel, The Killing Zone. The inside cover states, "Copyright 1985 by Glidrose Publications Limited and Jim Hatfield," although Gildrose had nothing to do with the publication and was, in all likelihood, unaware of its existence.
The Killing Zone is an unauthorised James Bond novel by Jim Hatfield. It was privately published in paperback in 1985 under the guise that it was officially sanctioned by Glidrose Publications (later Ian Fleming Publications), the company that held the rights to publish James Bond literary works.
The inside cover states, "Copyright 1985 by Glidrose Publications Limited and Jim Hatfield," although Gildrose had nothing to do with the publication and was, in all likelihood, unaware of its existence. At the time, the official author of the Bond series was John Gardner who wrote from 1981 to 1996.
It was first published in the United Kingdom as "A Charter Book" but is no longer in print. The text is available on this Web page, however.
The novel begins with the murder of Bill Tanner by Klaus Doberman, a German-South American drug lord. Much like he does after Felix Leiter's maiming in Licence to Kill, Bond goes off for revenge. The synopsis of this book is as follows: "In this new high voltage spy thriller, Secret Agent 007 must "liquidate" ruthless billionaire kingpin Klaus Doberman. But James Bond has his hands full as he battles a luscious lady assassin who offers lethal love Russian style and a slit-eyed Oriental sadist who is an elusive and deadly Ninja. Aided by his sex-galore confederate Lotta Head and his old CIA buddy Felix Leiter, 007 is pitted against Klaus Doberman in his heavily armed fortress high in the Mexican Sierra Madres... in the most bloodcurdling death duel in the great Bond saga."
English reading copy obtained from General Grubozaboyschikov's Secret Archive
Spanish reading copy obtained from SoloBond 007