Because Alex Pettyfer was only 15 at the time, he was not allowed to drive the car in the car chase mentioned in the book, so it was instead converted to a horse chase so as the chase could still take place.
As the lead character of Alex Rider engages in mountain climbing, scuba diving, martial arts and many other extreme sports, the role is said to be one of the most physically demanding ever undertaken by a child actor.
When Anthony Horowitz wrote the novel in 2000, he created a phenomenon in children's books, spurring a trend of junior spy books and inspiring thousands of previously reluctant readers. The character of Alex Rider is clearly a young James Bond and the books allude to it sometimes, but Horowitz doesn't enjoy the comparison.
The Alex Rider books include mass murder, attempted murders (of even children and animals), disposal of a dead body, casual swearing, racism, beatings in prison, talk of suicide, smoking, psychopathology, terrorism, etc.
In the last Alex Rider novel Scorpia Rising, Anthony Horowitz wrote "all statements, activities, stunts, descriptions, information and material of any other kind contained herein are included for entertainment purposes only and should not be relied on for accuracy or replicated as they may result in injury.
In the books, there is an organization akin to SPECTRE from James Bond, Scorpia, and it's leader Zeljan Kurst is bald like Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. Their plans are always thwarted by Alex Rider/James Bond. Scorpia is almost an acronym for what it does like SPECTRE, but SPECTRE is made up of disillusioned former secret agents who went into business for themselves.
Hailed as a reading hero, Anthony Horowitz has won many major awards, like the Bookseller Association/Nielson Author of the Year Award, the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children's Book Award.
When Anthony Horowitz wrote the last Alex Rider novel, Scorpia Rising, he was sad but he hoped he had finished the series on a high note. He thanked the teachers and librarians who had recommended the series to reluctant readers, and for making him feel less lonely as a writer; he wrote the acknowledgments section in March, 2011.
Anthony Horowitz felt Alex Rider was a lot more jaunty and carefree in Stormbreaker, but with each new book, death, danger, manipulation and the terrible things he's witnessed matured him. And now that he's gone, he will miss him. He thanked all the people who had made the series possible in the acknowledgments section of Scorpia Rising.
As well as Alex Rider, Anthony Horowitz is famous for the Power of 5 series, the Diamond Brothers Mysteries and a number of short stories. The Power of 5 series is a No 1 bestselling series enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide, like Alex Rider.
Alex Rider writer Anthony Horowitz is a No 1 best selling author, and the Alex Rider novel Snakehead was a No 1 best seller. The Alex Rider books are a No 1 best selling series enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide.