Here in the United States, we’re excited because James Bond has another big movie coming up. But in Canada, James Bond just entered the public domain. Or at least, Ian Fleming’s books did. To celebrate, ChiZine Publications is putting out a book of “unauthorized” James Bond stories.
There is a new Bond book. James Bond saves Stirling Moss in a Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Pussy Galore is back. It is called Trigger Mortis. What more do you want?
Just as it was once soldiers and lions in the Colosseum, it is now spies and Jaguars in the streets of Rome as Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, shoots its ridiculous car chase featuring the bespoke Aston Martin DB10 against the be-nope Jaguar CX-75.
On January 1st, 2015, the works of Ian Fleming entered the public domain in a number of countries. That means that the character of James Bond is no longer copyrighted in those countries, just like Sherlock Holmes has been for a while. But it doesn't mean that it's suddenly open season on that character.
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