Agent 007 James Bond

Trigger Mortis Rocket

Published: 8 September 2015


International editions of Trigger Mortis

Cutout the dustjacket for a rocket

The cover model compared to the original




"This book you can judge by its cover" 


The cover for the first UK-edition of the James Bond novel "Trigger Mortis" (2015) by Anthony Horowitz was in fact a modified and simpler version of the Vanguard TV-0 paper model created by Joy Cohn and Niels Jahn Knudsen in 2006. You can remove the dust jacket, cut it out and build your own "Trigger Mortis" rocket.

It was Steve Marking, art director for Orion Publishing, who came up with the idea. 

The novel takes place in 1957 at the beginning of the Soviet-American space race. A rocket launch is a crucial part of the plot. Vanguard TV-0 was at the time test vehicle for the first US satellite launcher.

To accompany the model, Joy created a lot of new artwork and cut-away diagrams of the rocket. This gives the book  a unique design, that resembles the original blueprints.

Niels created an instruction sheet for the new and simpler model.

How to get the model?

You can download download a black and white version with the instruction sheet here: 

Trigger Mortis BW

To get the colored version, you will have to buy the UK 2015-edition of the book.

Vanguard models


The original vanguard TV-0 model

More vanguard models

More about the book-project  - interview with Joy Cohn

MI6 Confidential 33 (Nov. 2015)  p. 34-35 Building a better rocket

Steve Markings webpage

Orion promotional video for Trigger Mortis