Before Charlie Higson sat down to write the Young Bond
books, this was the answer to the question "What was James Bond
like as a kid?"
The series, written by Anthony Horowitz
, follows the adventures of Alex Rider, a fourteen year old boy who lives in Chelsea, who is coerced into working for MI6
after his uncle's death. His uncle, Ian Rider, told him that he worked for a bank but was actually a spy. Alex is looked after by a housekeeper, Jack Starbright, who is American. When Ian dies, MI6
gives Alex a "proposal"
; either he works for them or Jack is sent straight back to America and Alex goes into care.
There have been nine books in the main series:
- Stormbreaker (2000)
- Point Blancnote (2001)
- Skeleton Key (2002)
- Eagle Strike (2003)
- Scorpia (2004)
- Ark Angel (2005)
- Snakehead (2007)
- Crocodile Tears (2009)
- Scorpia Rising (2011)
Although Scorpia Rising
is meant to be the last book in the series, a Prequel
focusing on the character of Yassen Gregorovich, Russian Roulette
, was published in 2013. There are also two supplementary materials, Alex Rider: The Gadgets
(featuring blueprints of the gadgets Alex uses
), and Alex Rider: Mission Files
, featuring assorted correspondence, diagrams, blueprints and miscellenea from the first seven books. Stormbreaker
was adapted as a movie in 2006, and the first four books have been adapted as graphic novels that form a different canon to the books.
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