Forever And A Day

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Ian Fleming almost made it onto Netflix


Even though I am not British. I, like many others across the globe enjoy watching the Netflix series THE CROWN said to be based on the life of mainly Queen Elizabeth II and the famous characters around her. 

When I started watching the series I was hoping for some sort of cameo by Ian Fleming or at least a mentioning of his name. I am half way into the second season and so far his name has not been mentioned and I have to be satisfied with watching an British era wile Fleming steadily wrote a book a year. 

But...

Actually season two and episode one and two have a quite strong connection to Ian Fleming. 

After Winston Churchill ended his role as Prime Minister in 1955 Anthony Eden took over the role for two years until 10 January 1957. 

During his time as Prime Minister his health declined and his doctors told him to go far away to where there was sun and relaxation. They suggested Jamaica.

This is all mentioned in episode one and two but what they fail to mention is of course that it was actually to Ian Fleming's house Goldeneye in Jamaica that Anthony Eden went and spent a month in the fall of 1957. The choice of Goldeneye seems to have been Mrs Eden who was a long time friend of Mrs Anne Fleming, Wife of Ian. 

To read more about the Ian Fleming connection with Anthony Eden I suggest the book The life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson. It has a hole chapter on the matter. 


Sir Anthony Eden

Jeremy Northam as Sir Anthony Eden.  

  

  

Monday, 28 May 2018

Happy birthday dear Fleming


Today we celebrate Ian Fleming's birthday. He was born on May 28th in 1908 and would have been 110 years old would he have lived today.

In celebration I was hunting the internet for a new and rare photo but I found something equally thrilling. Archivo 007 on Instagram have uploaded a colorized photo of Fleming that looks fantastic

Since there are not many photographs of Fleming in color there are always fun when you do find one, even if they are fake.

So this year I celebrate the Fleming birthday with the below photo (click on the photo to see a bigger version).

  

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Hear Anthony Horowitz talk about his new 007 novel!



Anthony Horowitz are discussing his new James Bond novel on June 1 at Southbank Centre!

I am one of all Bond fans that will travel to London on June 1 to here Anthony Horowitz spend 90 minutes talking about his latest creation FOREVER AND A DAY, the latest James Bond book, to be released on May 31.

What convinced me to travel to London to hear his speech was one of many things. A video I found on Youtube earlier is one of them. It is a 90 minute long debate about who was the best author Ian Fleming or John Le Carré where Anthony takes Ian Fleming's side and you have to watch it to see how well he does

You can find that video here.

Another reason for traveling from Stockholm to this event is to meet fellow Bond and Fleming fans. It is always fun to meet other die hard Bond fans.

But if you haven't bought your ticket yet, JAMES BOND THE SECRET AGENT blog, among a few other blogs, has been allowed to offer our readers a -20% discount on the very last tickets available.

All you have to do is follow this link and use the promo code SPY to get the lower price for your tickets. 

What seats do you have? Comment bellow.

As we all now Anthony Horowitz is the continuation writer for James Bond and released Trigger Mortis is 2015. The very well received novel lead to his second James Bond novel Forever and a day published on may 31, one day before the event in southbank centre on June 1.

Monday, 7 May 2018

The amazing James Bond drawings by Michael Gillette, Part 1


Back in 2008, when Ian Fleming would have turned 100 years old, publishers Penguin books released their centenary edition of all of his Bond novels. 

They turned to artist Michael Gillette to come up with a classic cover design which would unify the whole series. His paintings featured the female leads of each book, with the titles drawn across the body. 

These books were only produced in a printing of 4000 copies as a first edition and a second edition. This makes a complete set very hard to find and especially if you must have all as first editions. 

Back in 2008 the books cost £14.99 but nowadays cost as much as £80 each on Ebay.
I am so curious to why OHMSS got
a different cover in Germany?
 

So I started collecting some of them, in no rush, as I understood the need for patience to acquire a full set. 

But then I found Michael's web page, and to my happiness he is actually selling officially licensed reprints in full colors that are even more attractive to look at then the book collection.

So, I decided that I need the boxed set in my collection. They look so great and since the cover design is such a big part of my collecting side these will be enjoyed for many years to come for me. 

Here is the link to Michael's own web page where you can order your own collection, or maybe just your favorite book cover in the series. 


I will have to come back to you, the readers, once the boxed set has arrived.   

Sunday, 22 April 2018

These Goldfinger drawings are fantastic!


As many of you may know the Folio Society is releasing all the James Bond titles by Ian Fleming and did just release their fifth book Goldfinger

The order these are released are pusseling to the fans but at the same time creates excitement to with book will be released next. The books that has been released in this series are. Casino Royale, Moonraker, From Russia With Love, Dr. No and now Goldfinger. 

Each book contains six paintings by artist Fay Dalton and for every new book they just get better and better. 

Fays drawings are so sexy that one needs to make sure that the wife don't see you when you look at them. 

Since the novel Goldfinger is so close to Goldfinger the film, the paintings in Goldfinger resembles the scenes in the films quite a bit. 

I have said it before and I am saying it again! If you do not own a proper set of Ian Fleming books, these are the books for you. They are available here for £34,95 each

Below is three high resolution pictures from Goldfinger. 

Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2018 The Folio Society edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, is available exclusively from www.foliosociety.com


Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2018 The Folio Society edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, is available exclusively from www.foliosociety.com

Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2018 The Folio Society edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, is available exclusively from www.foliosociety.com


Friday, 13 April 2018

Casino Royale's 65th birthday


In conjunction with the birthday of Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel Casino Royale I have updated my blogpost with my collection of Casino Royale books.

65 years ago today saw the release of Casino Royale and the book has sold many millions of copies since then.

Due to this you can head off to this blog post and see 29 different Casino Royale books that I have in my collection.

Hip Hip Hurrah! 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Are you James Bond's biggest fan?


From tomorrow morning UK time Penguin Random house will run a competition for all James Bond
fans in the United Kingdom.
The competition will be held over at Dead Good Books and you can take part by following this link.

The competition ends on April 30th at 11.59pm so don't wait with your entry.

The winner will get to stay at The savoy Hotel in London and will be given an advanced copy of Anthony Horowitz forthcoming James Bond novel FOREVER AND A DAY.

As I am writing this the link in currently dead. therefore I suggest that you come back tomorrow (April 13th at 10:00am when the competition is open. I just wanted to give you a heads up as quickly as possible.

So what is the reason for the competition starting of tomorrow. Well 65 years ago on April 13, Ian Fleming's first novel Casino Royale was released. The book that started it all. And the book that now will become the sequel to Anthonys new book.




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