James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me - Christopher Wood 1977 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition First edition of the original story / novel of the 1977 James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', written under licence from Ian Fleming's copyright holders Glidrose.

A particularly elusive Bond title in collectible condition, and rare in this fine condition without ownership inscriptions or restoration; many copies entered the lending library system and are marked as such. In addition, price-clipping appears to be an issue with this title.

When Fleming sold the film rights to his novels, he refused to consent to this title and ‘
Moonraker’ being filmed as written. He felt that ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ was more of an experimental novel as it contained a female perspective and narrative, and ‘Moonraker’ was somewhat dated, so both would need rewriting. As a result, Christopher Wood was brought in by director Lewis Gilbert to produce a screenplay together with Richard Maibaum, and subsequent novel, a task he repeated solo for the next film ‘Moonraker’.
  References: Gilbert, Ian Fleming The Bibliography, page 612. Hubin, Crime Fiction IV.

Small octavo (book size 19.3x12.8cm), pp. 222 [2]. In publisher’s charcoal paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket designed by Bill Botten, and priced ‘£3.50 net in UK only’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine but for light spotting to top edge in fine dust jacket.   Ref: 111691   Price: HK$ 22,000