What is the controversy surrounding John Gardner`s Bond novel “Cold Fall”?

Even the titles are different between the UK and US versions. The British title of the original hardback is just plain “Cold”.

The American edition clearly states that Part I takes place in 1990, and Part II in 1994. The British edition doesn`t, moreover, it removes most dates (i.e. Sukie supposedly dying March 21, 1990; “Never Send Flowers” taking place in 1993; “SeaFire” in the spring of 1994; etc).

The UK edition is missing the entire “Tiny Dancer” and Elton John discussion from Chapter 14 (see the Cold Fall book review at 007Forever for these and other passages).

Here`s another example (from Chapter 14):

US edition:

“Bond found his own cab, which soon delivered him to a hotel overlooking National Airport. He checked in, then called FBI Headquarters in the J Edgar Hoover Building to see if Eddie Rhabb had arrived. The special agents had planned to make the journey from the Coeur d`Alene area on the previous evening but the call was a waste of time. Special Agent Rhabb was out of town on assignment, according to a secretary.

“Oh, he was in this morning,” the woman said.

UK edition:

“Crystal City was so called because the many buildings appeared to be made out of glass. It sounded exotic but was, in fact, bizarre and ugly. Bond took a cab over and checked into a room which literally overlooked Washington National Airport. He unpacked only the things necessary for the rest of the afternoon and evening, then called FBI Headquarters in The J Edgar Hoover building to see if Eddie Rhabb had arrived back yet. The Special Agents had planned to make the journey from the Coeur d`Alene area on the previous evening but the call was a waste of time. Special Agent Rhabb was out of town on assignment, according to the secretary he managed to speak with.

“Oh, he was in this morning,” the somewhat crabby girl said.

The US edition also cuts the following from Chapter 25:

“Getting that crazy General for one thing.” “He isn`t crazy. In fact, he`s very effective: good planner; sound strategist; has an excellent tactical mind…” “Had.” Rhabb raised an eyebrow. “I thought the launches picked him up.” “Well, they kinda did, but they threw him back in again. There would have been a lot of paperwork. You can understand that.” “Ah,” Bond nodded. “Anyway, it was Beatrice who really got him.”

The new M is dubbed “Lady Precious Stream” in only the US edition.

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