|Cover artist:||Joy Cohn|
|Release date:||8 September 2015|
Trigger Mortis is a 2015 James Bond novel written by Anthony Horowitz, and the latest Bond novel to be commissioned by the estate of Bond's creator Ian Fleming, which was published on 8 September 2015.
The book is set in 1957 against the backdrop of the Space Race, and begins two weeks after the events of Goldfinger. The novel is the first in the literary series to be set during the original timeline created by Fleming since 1968's Colonel Sun and sees the return of Bond girl Pussy Galore.
The book is set in 1957 against the backdrop of the Space Race, and begins two weeks after the events of Goldfinger. The novel is the first in the literary series to be set during the original timeline created by Fleming since 1968's Colonel Sun and sees the return of Bond girl Pussy Galore, who made her debut in Goldfinger. Bond's mission is to protect a British racing driver at the Nürburgring racetrack. He begins with driving lessons from an expert driver, Logan Fairfax, who shows Bond the ropes in a Maserati 250. Pussy finds herself a little tied up and painted a la Goldfinger, but Bond saves her just before she succumbs to death by painting. At the Nürburgring Bond beats the would be assassin with a pit manoeuvre at high speed and the true mission is then revealed.
In the 1950s, Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for an ultimately unmade James Bond television series. The material, was an episode treatment for it. "It's a huge challenge... but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration." said Horowitz. Horowitz said Fleming's hero had had "a profound influence" on his life adding: "This is a book I had to write." "When the estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse?" said the 59-year-old, who was made an OBE in the New Year Honours.
Several of the plots turned into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights. There are still several plot outlines which Fleming never adapted and which, until now, have not been published. "Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them." said Jessie Grimond, Fleming's great-niece.