Forever And A Day

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Summer holiday!


The blog is going undercover for the next four weeks. Coming back, full of energy and passion for all things literary James Bond. 

I wish all blog readers across the globe a wonderful summer.

Kindly

Stephan 

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

These prints are way better then I dared to anticipate! Part 2




A few weeks back I wrote about the amazing James Bond book covers that Michael Gillette had done for the century release of the James Bond cannon back in 2008.

It is so hard trying to get this set completed to a descent price that I almost stopped trying. But then I found out on Michael’s own website that these could be ordered in different sizes that would be great even for framing. So I ordered them.

Now they have arrived and I must say that I am totally blown away by the quality that these prints have. The are delivered in a steady black box. I have tried to ad photos below that can show the strong difference between the print and the book cover. The colours on the dust-jacket is not as strong / colourful as the true paintings.

I strongly wish to have these on the wall but at the same time I am to scared that sunlight will damage the print. Maybe I can wait until the kids have left the building and have my own work space. The problem is that the kids are only five and eight now so the wait is long.

Looking at all these paintings in their true glory like these I feel the need to get in contact with Michael Gillette to try and set up an interview on how he got the task and how he proceeded. If you, the reader, have any questions you wish to ask Michael, please let me know and hopefully I will be able to send them to him and turn it into a blog post to be presented during the second half of august.

If you wish to order your set of prints you should head off to Michael Gillette's own website. They are highly recommended 





Tuesday, 3 July 2018

The 23 covers of the James Bond story BLACK BOX


Dynamite Comics have been releasing James Bond comics in a steady tempo for quite some time now. The most recent one that I have read is BLACK BOX written by Benjamin Percy with illustrations by Rapha Lobosco.

The interesting thing about these comics is that they are made way more like the James Bond movies then the literary James Bond that Ian Fleming created. They are also all settled in modern time.

I do like them. They have a high paste and a great plot. the drawings are like a movie as well. it can be page after page without any conversation. Nothing like I was used to as a kid.

The only thing I can recommend is to go for the hardback versions of the story that are being released a few months later. they are so much nicer to keep in the collection.

For the hard core collectores there are many different covers to collect. Below you can see the entire collection of comics for BLACK BOX. Which cover is your favourite?
























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.   
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