Sunday, 3 January 2021

Did Brosnan buy Flemings golden typewriter?

 



When Ian Fleming was writing his first James Bond novel CASINO ROYALE back in 1953 he was so satisfied with being done with the first draft that he ordered a golden typewriter from Royal typewriter company in New York at the price of $174. He then asked his friend Ivar Bryce to deliver it to him the next time he was visiting Jamaica. 

I believe that it is said that Fleming wrote all his novels on his golden typewriter but looking at pictures both from Jamaica and England it is obvious that Fleming uses different typewriters during the years. Maybe he did write the Bond novels on his Golden typewriter and maybe not. 

Flemings golden typewriter has long after his death been famous for two things. 

1. That it held the world record for being the most expensive typewriter ever sold at an auction when it sold for £56,250 on May 5 1995.

2. That it was said that the buyer at the action was Pierce Brosnan, the actor just about to play James Bond for the first time in GoldenEye

I had the fortune to meet Pierce Brosnan for the first time back in the fall of 1995 when he was in Sweden to promote GoldenEye and my first question to him was if he actually had bought the typewriter. He sounded very serious when he replied "No, it's not me". 

Regarding the most expensive typewriter it is no longer Flemings either. Writer Cormac McCarthy (who wrote NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE ROAD) had his typewriter sold at an auction for $254 500). 

But who actually bought Fleming's typewriter back in 1995? Well no one knows. It went to a secret buyer. Even EON productions have had an article on their website asking if anyone wish to com forward regarding the true owner. 

   
A picture of what I believe is Ian Fleming and his golden typewriter in London.  

A picture of what I believe is Ian Fleming and his golden typewriter in London.  


My first meeting with Pierce Brosnan at the Grand Hotel. I presented a Goldfinger poster to him since it is his favourite James Bond film.  


Monday, 9 November 2020

This is what James Bond collecting is all about (for better or worse)

 When collecting James Bond, most of us feel the need to be a completist. Living in Sweden the only local collectables are movie posters and books. For many years I thought that my Swedish book collection was complete. I have every edition of every James Bond book released in Sweden. 


But when I showed a photo of my Casino Royal from 1965 a blog reader living in Sweden contacted me saying that his copy was spelled more correctly Casino Royale also released in 1965. 

It is obvious that the misspelled version was released first. My guess is that is was printed in more numbers then the later corrected version. 

It is always fun when you find something new for the collection. This book cost me around £10 including postage. There is not often a cover is being found with a misprint on it. I would love to know who found out that the book was misspelled. What if it was Glidrose Publications that told Swedish Bonniers to change it. 




Sunday, 8 November 2020

Folio Society has released CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

James Bond author Ian Fleming was hospitalized for living a way to hard of a life after High court trials regarding the book release of Thunderball. At the hospital he came up with an idea for a children's book for his son Casper. That book became three volumes and was called Chitty chitty bang bang

The first out of three volumes came out on October 22 1964. Sadly Ian Fleming never had a chance to live long enough to see them published since he died on August 12th 1964. 

When the book was released it also carried drawings by John Burningham.

56 years later Folio Society has released their own version of the book to complete the James Bond series they have produced book by book for some time now. 

The book looks fantastic and comes in a green slipcase and I am truly glad to have this in my collection. I do not own a Chitty Chitty bang bang first edition (except the Swedish one) since I find them hard to come by in good condition. 
The book also have some special features including behind the scenes material and sketches by John Burningham for the books written by Fergus Fleming. 

Therefore I find the Folio Society edition a very nice release for anyone in the same position. 

The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s
 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, including a new afterword by Fergus Fleming and original illustrations by John Burningham, is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com

Illustration © John Burningham 1964 from The Folio Society 2020 edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Illustration © John Burningham 1964 from The Folio Society 2020 edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Illustration © John Burningham 1964 from The Folio Society 2020 edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Illustration © John Burningham 1964 from The Folio Society 2020 edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,


Sunday, 1 November 2020

Fantastic Sean Connery book covers

It was with deep sorrow every Bond fan across the globe learnt that the first (if not counting Barry Nelson in the 1954 version of Casino Royale), and to many the best James Bond, Sean Connery passed away on October 31th, 2020. He reached the age of 90 and had a very long and successful career from the day he signed on to play James Bond in Ian Fleming's DR. NO. 

To honor his memory I wanted to share some fantastic Ian Fleming book covers from Sweden. They were released during 1965 in a series called "Zebra special" and had all paintings of Sean Connery on the cover. The paintings were done by Yrjö Edelmann (1941-2016) and are just fantastic to look at. 

Below you can find the cover designs using Connery's likeness. 

Casino Royale 

 
Live and let die

Moonraker

Diamonds are forever

From Russia with love

Dr.No

Goldfinger


Thunderball

The Spy who loved me

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Folio Society finally release ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

 

Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Finally the day has come when Folio Society decided to release Ian Fleming´s ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE in their series of James Bond books. 

We are a lot of fans of James Bond who favours On her majesty's secret service both as a book and a movie. that's the reason I say "finally". The wait has been long and many people just like I has thought that the next book will be it. 

But now it is finally here and many of the drawings looks better than anticipated. Fay Dalton never seems to be able to disappoint. 

There are eight drawings within the book. Seven of the drawings are scenes from the books that can also be found in the film with the same title. On the eight picture Dalton has been brave and drawn Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Feels a bit like drawing the Muslim God Muhammad. No one have dared to do so yet. 

It is of course hard for Dalton to come up with new ideas for drawings that has not been used before. The skichase cover was for instance used on the british book club edition and also on the 1979 Bulls-eye edition. The skichase has also been used once on the scandinavian comic version with Sean Connery's resemblance. 

But this is truly a great looking book just like the rest of the series. Do I dare to say that Countess Tracy di Vincenzo has never looked better.

The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, illustrated by Fay Dalton, is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com 


Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service




Tuesday, 22 September 2020

AMAZING Signed "Golden gun" up for auction


 You could understand both complete joy and happiness when finally a signed first edition of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN from Jonathan Cape surface on the auction market. 

Not that I want one. I most certainly don't. But only for the chear joy that an auction house could make such a big mistake. 

Most James Bond fans knows a lot about Agent 007 but less amount of people know about Ian Fleming and his books. 

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN was Ian Fleming's last novel. Sadly he was not able to finish the novel. Some claim that Fleming wrote the first draft and that Kingsley Amis did the touch up of the novel before release. The reason Fleming did not do the touch up himself is sadly because he became ill and died before the novel was released. 

Maybe by know you understand what this blogpost is aiming for. It is impossible for Ian Fleming to have signed any copy of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN because he had past away before the release. This books signature is fake and selling it should be counted as fraud. 

It is GWS Auctions Inc. in in USA who are the auction house. They estimate that the book will bring in $18-19 000. I myself is pretty sure it will be removed if people with knowledge claim that the signature is fake.   

The auction house also says that the James Bond movie with the same title was released in 1964. We all know it was released in 1974. The auction house don't even notice that in the same sentence they write that the book was released 1965. If so, the film could not be based on the novel. 

.... Well since english is my second language I just noticed that I have tripped and fell on my knowledge for the language. I did not notice the word "tipped-in". It means that a peace of paper has been glued to the book. And this is the same as for the Roger Moore autograph that the book contains. 

Two pieces of  paper has been inserted within the book with what is said to be authentic autographs of Ian Fleming and Roger Moore. I would still not bid and I would not call the book signed. 

Most Ian Fleming autographs seems to be fake. If this one is real or fake I leave to others to decide. I believe Fleming did most of his signings in books or on stationery. 

The hunt for someone claiming to have a signed copy of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN goes on. 

If you wish to order the latest version of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN you can do so here.





Saturday, 23 May 2020

Ian Fleming: Bust sold for £1250

In October 2019 a bust of Ian Fleming was offered at auction by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers. The bust sold for £1000 plus 25% commission coming to an end price of £1250. 

The bust was first used on the cover artwork for John Pearson's Fleming biography “The Life of Ian Fleming” (Jonathan Cape, 1966). It was then reproduced in small numbers for distribution to the larger book shops across Great Britain, to be used as window decoration when promoting both the biography and Fleming's own James Bond novels. The size of the bust is 52 cm. Not only was the bust seen on the first edition of the biography but also on the book club version (The companion book club 1966). 

 

Very few of these beautiful plaster busts have survived, and those that have usually need some sort of restoration of the gold paint and possible plaster repair too. 

 

When I first saw the bust on the cover of “The Life of Ian Fleming” I felt I would do anything to own it. As I have shown in another blog post (click the link) I am now indeed fortunate to own two of them.

 

It’s nice to discover they have increased in value over the years: they are so worth it. If you are able to buy one you definitely should. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: English is my second language so please excuse any small errors in translation.




When the auction house Christies was selling one back in 2007 they described the lot as written below.

FLEMING, Ian (1908-1964)--After Simone PANCHAUD DE BOTTOMES. 'Ian Fleming'. A cast metal bust finished in gold-painted plaster with initials 'SPB', executed c.1966 after Panchaud de Bottomes' original conceived in c.1931, 520mm high (some minor surface chipping and old repairs)Provenance: The Times Bookshop (purchased upon its closure). A RARE BUST OF FLEMING AFTER THE ORIGINAL BY THE MOTHER OF HIS FIANCéE MONIQUE PANCHAUD DE BOTTOMES, probably produced to publicise John Pearson's biography of Fleming. Fleming met Monique Panchaud de Bottomes at a ball in Geneva in autumn 1930, while he was a student at Geneva University. She was 'a slim, dark-haired local beauty' (A. Lycett Ian Fleming, London: 1995, p.45), from Vich in the Canton of Vaud, some 15 miles from Geneva, and 'she was impressed by [Fleming's] intelligence, charm and sensitivity ... He found her chic, cultured and amusing, the very essence of a modern French-speaking girl. Before long they were inseparable' (loc. cit.). By the summer of 1931 they considered themselves unofficially engaged, and Fleming would spend most weekends at the Panchaud de Bottomes' chateau, where the original of this bust by Monique's mother, Simone Panchaud de Bottomes, was sculpted in the early 1930s. However, Fleming's mother was strongly opposed to the engagement, and brought all possible pressure to bear on him -- emotional, professional, and financial -- and eventually the engagement was broken off by Fleming in 1933. Fleming felt bitter and guilty about the ending of the relationship: 'after this he would never dream of marrying anyone. "I'm going to be quite bloody-minded about women from now on ... I'm just going to take what I want without any scruples at all"' (J. Pearson The Life of Ian Fleming, London: 1966, p. 57), and was thought by his friends to continue to pine for Monique. Certainly, her name and background were used by Fleming some thirty years later in the 'James Bond' novel You Only Live Twice (London: 1964), in which Bond's mother is described as Monique Delacroix, from the Canton of Vaud. This bust is one of a small group that was probably produced to publicise Pearson's biography of Fleming, which uses a photograph of one on the dustwrapper; only a small number are thought to have been made, and few survive.


       

Friday, 8 May 2020

FLEMING - THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND


While the rest of the word are home locked I have had surgery. I live in Sweden and we do not home lock the country during Covid-19. After the surgery I am needed to stay at home for a few days. I have some books to get sorted and some tv-series I want to see.

I decided to see FLEMING - THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND for a second time. To be honest it felt as poor this time as it did the first time. It would be wrong to complain on Dominic Coppers appearance but he just don't look or feel the part. Maybe when he talks to his mother you can feel the deprest Fleming and the Fleming who always receives complaints by his mother. But this might just be because Lesley Manville does an better acting job.

Lara Pulver does a great job playing the cold Ann O´neill just like she did a great job playing Irene Adler in SHERLOCK.

When it comes to the story it feels like a lot of it is new to me and therefore either is fake or parts of Flemings life that I have never hear of. Rear Admiral Godfrey has a Second officer Monday played to be some sort of Miss Moneypenny and even have a hairstyle just like Louis Maxwell.

A nice touch is that it seems like they have used the correct exteriors for Flemings address on 22B Ebury street. This is just a few meters from were the Moonraker novel took place.

What is your take on FLEMING - THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND. Did you like it? Do you have the series in your collection? What changes or inserted scenes would you have wanted to see?

Did you know that John Pearson who wrote THE LIFE OF IAN FLEMING IN 1966 was a consultant on this tv-series.

More to read:



You can buy your copy of FLEMING - THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND
on DVD and Bluray by clicking here!

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Signed and lined copies of FOREVER AND A DAY for sale


Always when there is some sort of big James Bond release you always get caught up in the moment and buy way more James Bond related things then you can keep in your headquarters.

Back in May 2018 when Anthony Horowitz second James Bond novel FOREVER AND A DAY was released he did a special signing at Waterstones in London.

Ordinary James Bond fans only hope to get the book signed and to be honest there are many signed books on the market.

Hardcore book collectors hope to get the book lined as well. To have the book lined means that the author has handwritten a line from the book inside. I chose the line "He felt nothing" which is the final sentence of the book and I feel is there to resemble the last line from Casino Royale "The bitch is dead now". Both tells us that Bond is feeling strong disappointment.

Below you can see Anthony Horowitz confirming that he had the connection between FOREVER AND A DAY and Casino Royale in mind.



I have four extra copies of this book signed and lined that I have now put up for sale HERE on Ebay UK.

The reason that these special signings exist is to try and increase sales a lot during the first days so that the book enters the top on the sales chart.

I would have kept these books as long as possible but due to the economic changes in my life due to COVID-19 (Corona virus) I am in need of selling these now.




Thursday, 12 March 2020

New Folio release: THE SPY WHO LOVED ME


Ian Fleming's ninth James Bond novel THE SPY WHO LOVED ME is being released through The Folio Society today. It is there also there ninth James Bond release to date.

The novel was first released on April 16 1962 by Jonathan Cape. It is the shortest of Fleming novels and totally different to the rest of the cannon since it is written in first person by the main female character Vivienne Michel. Bond does only appear after two thirds of the book. To confuse the fans even more Fleming wrote a prologue saying that the story comes from the hands of Vivienne Michel.  It feels obvious that Fleming was tired of his normal way of writing and wanted to test something new.

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME received very poor reviews leading to Ian Fleming trying to prevent reprints of the hardback and banning publication of the paperback in United Kingdom. (That wish was then revoked as soon as Ian Fleming past away by his relatives.)

The reception to the novel was so bad that Fleming wrote to Michael Howard at Jonathan Cape, to explain why he wrote the book: "I had become increasingly surprised to find my thrillers, which were designed for an adult audience, being read in schools, and that young people were making a hero out of James Bond ... So it crossed my mind to write a cautionary tale about Bond, to put the record straight in the minds particularly of younger readers ... the experiment has obviously gone very much awry".

All of this lead to the fact that Ian Fleming only sold the title of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME to Eon Productions. He wanted the story dead and buried.

In 1967 Daily Express started to release the story as a comicstrip but with big changes to the storyline.

All of these facts actually make me looking forward to reading the book once again. I can't even remember what I thought of it the first time I read it.

The Folio Edition

Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of The Spy Who Loved Me
For this edition The Folio Society has reintroduced Ian Fleming’s original prologue, which had been removed from all modern editions of the text. In an unusual move by the author, this short introduction suggests that the manuscript had been left on his desk by Vivienne Michel, the book’s narrator.
Fay Dalton’s atmospheric artwork continues to bring exquisite glamour and tension to the page of every volume. This edition features a series of daring illustrations that range from Michel and Bond’s romantic encounters to the blazing fire at Mr. Sanguinetti’s motel.

Available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com

Price:

UK £36.95 US $62.95 Can $72.95 Aus $82.95

Production Details:

Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Miller Text with Folio Bold Condensed as display. 240 pages. 7 colour illustrations. Pictorial slipcase. 9˝x 6¼˝

Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of The Spy Who Loved Me

Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of The Spy Who Loved Me


   

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