The Info List - Charlie Higson

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Charles Murray "Charlie" Higson (born 3 July 1958) is an English actor, comedian, author, and former singer. He has also written and produced for television.


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Bibliography

4.1 Novels 4.2 The Enemy

4.2.1 The Enemy novels 4.2.2 The Enemy short story

4.3 Young Bond 4.4 Fighting Fantasy 4.5 Non-fiction 4.6 Short stories

5 References 6 External links

Early life and education[edit] Born in Frome, Somerset, Higson was educated at Sevenoaks School, Kent and at the University of East Anglia
University of East Anglia
in Norwich
(where his brother taught from 1986 to 2008, latterly as Professor of Film Studies) where he met Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings and Terry Edwards. Higson, Cummings and Edwards formed the band The Higsons of which Higson was the lead singer from 1980 to 1986. They released two singles on the Specials' 2 Tone Records
2 Tone Records
label. This was after he had formed the punk band The Right Hand Lovers, wherein he performed as "Switch".[1] Higson then became a decorator – including decorating the house of Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
and Hugh Laurie[2] – before he turned to writing for Harry Enfield
Harry Enfield
with Paul Whitehouse and performing comedy. He came to public attention as one of the main writers and performers of the BBC Two sketch show The Fast Show
The Fast Show
(1994–2000). He worked with Whitehouse on the radio comedy Down the Line and is to work with him again on a television project, designed to be a spoof of celebrity travel programmes.[3] Career[edit] In 1994 Higson co-wrote (with Lise Mayer) the screenplay for the film thriller Suite 16. He worked as producer, writer, director and occasional guest star on Randall & Hopkirk from 2000 to 2001. Subsequent television work has included writing and starring in BBC Three's Fast Show spin-off sitcom Swiss Toni. He has starred in Tittybangbang
on BBC Three[citation needed] and appeared as a panellist on QI. In 2010 he co-directed and starred in the series Bellamy's People. Higson published many novels through the early to mid-1990s which take a slightly dystopian look at everyday life and have a considerably more adult tone than his other work, with characters on the margins of society finding themselves spiralling out of control. This has led Time Out to describe him as "The missing link between Dick Emery
Dick Emery
and Bret Easton Ellis".[4] In 2004, it was announced that Higson would pen the Young Bond series of James Bond
James Bond
novels, aimed at younger readers and concentrating on the character's school-days at Eton. Higson was himself educated at Sevenoaks School, where he was a contemporary of Jonathan Evans, former Director General of MI5. The first novel, SilverFin, was released on 3 March 2005 in the UK and on 27 April 2005 in the US. A second novel, Blood Fever, was released on 5 January 2006 in the UK and 1 June in the US. The third novel, Double or Die, was published on 4 January 2007 having had its title announced the day before. The next, Hurricane Gold, came out in hardcover in the UK in September 2007.[5] In this year he also made a debut performance on the panel show QI. His final Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, was released in hardcover in the UK on 4 September 2008.[6] Higson is currently writing a post-apocalyptic, zombie-horror series of books for young adults. The eponymous first book in the series, titled The Enemy, was released in the UK by Puffin Books in 2009 and in the US by Disney-Hyperion in 2010. Book 2, The Dead, was released in the UK in September 2010. Book 3, The Fear, was published on 15 September 2011. Book 4, The Sacrifice, was released 20 September 2012. Book 5, The Fallen, was released 12 September 2013.[7] At a school event at Abingdon School
Abingdon School
on 14 September 2011, Charlie told children: "Originally it was going to be three books and then my publisher, Puffin, said make it five, and now we're up to it being seven."[8] At another, in John Lyon's School, he revealed that the last book in his series would be called The End. The Hunted was published on 1 January 2014[9] and The End was published in October 2015.[10] In 2011, Higson appeared with the original cast (with the exception of Mark Williams) in an online-only version of The Fast Show
The Fast Show
sponsored by Foster's Lager.[11] In June 2013 Higson wrote a television adaptation of A Caribbean Mystery, the story that inspired Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming
to give the protagonist of his novel "Casino Royale" a name. He also portrayed the ornithologist James Bond
James Bond
in the production.[citation needed] In 2015 Higson adapted the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
for ITV Studios
ITV Studios
into a ten part adventure series set in the 1930s titled Jekyll and Hyde. In 2018 Higson wrote a Fighting Fantasy
Fighting Fantasy
gamebook entitled The Gates Of Death, which was published by Scholastic books as part of their campaign to relaunch the Fighting Fantasy
Fighting Fantasy
franchise. He is a long term FF enthusiast, having attended Fighting Fantasy
Fighting Fantasy
Fest 2 in London the previous year and also made a cameo appearance in the Ian Livingstone gamebook Blood Of The Zombies.[12] Personal life[edit] Higson lives in London with his wife and three sons.[13] On his website Higson describes himself as "lazy enough to steal his own bio from!"[14] Bibliography[edit] Novels[edit]

King of the Ants (1992) ISBN 0-349-11103-0 Happy Now (1993) ISBN 978-0-241-13363-7 Full Whack (1995), ISBN 0-241-00287-7 Getting Rid of Mister Kitchen (1996) ISBN 0-316-88106-6 Monstroso (2010) ISBN 978-0-14-132845-4

The Enemy[edit] The Enemy novels[edit]

The Enemy (2009) ISBN 0-14-138464-6 The Dead (2010) ISBN 978-0-14-138465-8 The Fear (2011) ISBN 0-14-138466-2 The Sacrifice (2012) ISBN 978-0-14-133612-1 The Fallen (2013) ISBN 978-0-14-133614-5 The Hunted (2014) ISBN 9780141336107 The End (2015) ASIN B00Z8PHRKS[15]

The Enemy short story[edit]

Geeks vs. Zombies (2012) ISBN 9780141344249 (This companion book in the series, released by Disney Hyperion,[16] portrays an exclusive scene from The Fear, on World Book Day.[17])

Young Bond[edit]

(2005), ISBN 0-14-131859-7 Blood Fever
Blood Fever
(2006), ISBN 0-14-131860-0 Double or Die
Double or Die
(2007), ISBN 0-14-132203-9 Hurricane Gold (2007), ISBN 0-14-138391-7 By Royal Command
By Royal Command
(2008), ISBN 0-14-138451-4 SilverFin: The Graphic Novel (2008), ISBN 978-0-14-132253-7 (with Kev Walker) Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier (2009), ISBN 978-0-14-132768-6 (authored short story included in book)

Fighting Fantasy[edit]

The Gates of Death (2018)


The 'Fast Show' Book (1996), ISBN 0-7522-2267-8 (with Paul Whitehouse)

Short stories[edit]

"The Red Line" in The 'Time Out' Book of Short Stories , edited by Maria Lexton,(1993), ISBN 0-14-023085-8


^ Odell, Michael (31 August 2008). "This much I know: Charlie Higson, author, 50, London – Life and style – The Observer". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 7 July 2011.  ^ according to Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
on the QI programme (Series D, Episode 12) (repeated on the channel Dave, 21 July 2009) ^ Byrne, Ciar (1 October 2007). " Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson: Making (radio) waves". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2007.  ^ "Quoted on Publisher's webpage". Little,Brown on 'Full Whack'. Retrieved 3 March 2009.  ^ " Young Bond 4 in September". The Young Bond Dossier. Retrieved 5 April 2007. [dead link] ^ " By Royal Command
By Royal Command
official announcement". The Young Bond Dossier. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2008.  ^ "Official Enemy Website". Retrieved 6 June 2010.  ^ "mostly books blog: A master class in dealing with the undead". Mostly-books.blogspot.com. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012.  ^ Higson, Charlie (2014). The Hunted. Puffin Books. ISBN 978-0141336107.  ^ sapphirebooklover; Higson, Charlie (30 October 2015). "Charlie Higson: 'The Enemy series is my own zombie survival plan'" – via The Guardian.  ^ "Foster's – The Fast Show". Fosters.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2012.  ^ " Fighting Fantasy
Fighting Fantasy
Interview with Charlie Higson". fightingfantasy.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.  ^ " Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson
– Children's Author". lovereading4kids.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2013.  ^ Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson
(2011). "Charlie Higson, Writer and human person". Charlie Higson. Retrieved 25 January 2013.  ^ "A Master Class in Dealing With the Undead". Mostly-Books. 15 September 2011.  ^ Higson, Charlie (5 June 2012). Geeks vs. Zombies. Disney Hyperion. p. 34. ISBN 9780141344249.  ^ "Book Description: Geeks v. Zombies". Amazon.com. 2012. 

External links[edit]

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at Library of Congress
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v t e

The Fast Show


Caroline Aherne Simon Day Charlie Higson John Thomson Arabella Weir Paul Whitehouse Mark Williams

Spin-off shows

Grass Jumpers for Goalposts Swiss Toni Ted and Ralph

v t e

James Bond
James Bond
novels and short stories

James Bond

James Bond
James Bond

Ian Fleming

Casino Royale (1953) Live and Let Die (1954) Moonraker (1955) Diamonds Are Forever (1956) From Russia, with Love (1957) Dr. No (1958) Goldfinger (1959) For Your Eyes Only (1960) Thunderball (1961) The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) You Only Live Twice (1964) The Man with the Golden Gun (1965) Octopussy and The Living Daylights
Octopussy and The Living Daylights

Kingsley Amis

Colonel Sun
Colonel Sun

John Gardner

Licence Renewed
Licence Renewed
(1981) For Special
Services (1982) Icebreaker (1983) Role of Honour
Role of Honour
(1984) Nobody Lives for Ever
Nobody Lives for Ever
(1986) No Deals, Mr. Bond
No Deals, Mr. Bond
(1987) Scorpius (1988) Win, Lose or Die
Win, Lose or Die
(1989) Brokenclaw
(1990) The Man from Barbarossa
The Man from Barbarossa
(1991) Death is Forever
Death is Forever
(1992) Never Send Flowers
Never Send Flowers
(1993) SeaFire
(1994) Cold (1996)

Raymond Benson

Zero Minus Ten
Zero Minus Ten
(1997) The Facts of Death
The Facts of Death
(1998) High Time to Kill
High Time to Kill
(1999) DoubleShot (2000) Never Dream of Dying
Never Dream of Dying
(2001) The Man with the Red Tattoo
The Man with the Red Tattoo

Sebastian Faulks

Devil May Care (2008)

Jeffery Deaver

Carte Blanche (2011)

William Boyd

Solo (2013)

Anthony Horowitz

Trigger Mortis (2015) Forever and a Day (2018)


Christopher Wood

James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me
James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977) James Bond
James Bond
and Moonraker (1979)

John Gardner

Licence to Kill (1989) GoldenEye (1995)

Raymond Benson

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) The World Is Not Enough (1999) Die Another Day (2002)

Spin-off works

R. D. Mascott

The Adventures of James Bond
James Bond
Junior 003½ (1967)

John Pearson

James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 (1973)

Young Bond series Charlie Higson

(2005) Blood Fever
Blood Fever
(2006) Double or Die
Double or Die
(2007) Hurricane Gold (2007) By Royal Command
By Royal Command

Young Bond series Steve Cole

Shoot to Kill (2014) Heads You Die
Heads You Die
(2016) Strike Lightning (2016) Red Nemesis (2017)

The Moneypenny Diaries Samantha Weinberg

Guardian Angel (2005) Secret Servant
Secret Servant
(2006) Final Fling (2008)

Uncollected short stories

Raymond Benson

"Blast from the Past" (1997) "Midsummer Night's Doom" (1999) "Live at Five" (1999)

Samantha Weinberg

"For Your Eyes Only, James" (2006) "Moneypenny's First Date with Bond" (2006)

Charlie Higson

"A Hard Man to Kill" (2009)

Unofficial works

"Some Are Born Great" (1959) "Bond Strikes Camp"" (1963) "Holmes Meets 007" (1964) "Toadstool" (1966) Take Over (1970) The Killing Zone (1985) "License to Hug" (1995) "Your Deal, Mr. Bond" (1997) Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond
James Bond
(2015) Bond on the Rocks (2016) Bond Unknown (2017)

Unpublished works

Per Fine Ounce (1966) "The Heart of Erzulie" (2002)

Related works

Double O Seven, James Bond, A Report (1964) The James Bond
James Bond
Dossier (1965) The Book of Bond
The Book of Bond
(1965) The James Bond
James Bond
Films: A Behind the Scenes History (1983) The James Bond
James Bond
Bedside Companion (1984) The Battle for Bond (2007) Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier (2009)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 85755010 LCCN: nr94025160 ISNI: 0000 0001 0921 867X GND: 123919177 SUDOC: 086136925 BNF: cb13328559g (data) MusicBrainz: ef6e114f-71ce-4b60