Tuesday, 10 July 2018
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, 13 April 2018
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
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.
Sunday, 8 April 2018
I was looking through Instagram and the hashtag #IanFleming and I found an interesting advert for the tie in edition of From Russia With Love from Pan Books that was released in 1964.
This advert seems to come from some sort of book dealership magazine and seems to focus on the Australian market.
The ad says that the book has already sold more then one million copies. and From Russia With Love is one out of six books to ever have reached that high. In other words Ian Fleming's From Russia with love was selling like crazy.
The series of nine Fleming books is also said to be Pan Books best sold series as of 1964.
Pan Books are ending the advert with suggesting that the Australian booksellers will order displays and promotional material to increase sales of their books. These kind of displays should off course be very interesting for us the fans to own today.
Monday, 2 April 2018
I uploaded this blog post yesterday as you might have seen. In other words it was uploaded on "April fools' day"
I have always loved April fools day as long as I can remember. I even managed to talk my wife into keeping our first born inside her belly until April 2.
So yesterday's blog post was about me receiving a very early copy of Anthony Horowitz second James Bond novel titled Forever and a day.
This is how I made the cover that help me trick many of you.
First of all I went to Anthony Horowitz official website were I found a quite high resolution JPEG of the black cover.
Then I used the the same font/text on the spine. Just like they had done on The trigger Mortis edition. Then there were time for the logos of Ian Fleming Publications and Jonathan Cape. This was tricky because I only found them in black so I had to reverse them into white.
On the back I needed a fresh photo if Anthony in quite good resolution. Sadly I did not have much time and I did not know to much about the story line and therefore it was hard composing a good back side. I might revisit the backside once I have read the book.
Then I created both the left and right inside flips. On the left is text about James Bond and the UK price at £18.99 with the text In UK only. On the right is some text about author Anthony and all his earlier success'. There are some links to his and Ian Fleming Publications Twitter account. Last but not least I added that the cover design comes from Penguin Random house but the compilation of the dust jacket is done by me.
Then there was time to find the correct paper, to use ordinary paper did not work, it had to be glossy. I decided to print four covers and they ended up costing me £40. I decided to cut them myself to save £20.
So there you have it. I love cover design! It is more then half of the joy when collecting
books. Why would I buy a book for the twentieth time if it was not for the great cover design. Maybe I should learn more and change my line of work. Might be a thrill.
The blog post was liked by Anthony Horowitz on Twitter. I am quite curious if he fell for the trick as so many others.
I wish all readers a Happy Easter!
|Had to find the correct paper|
|How to follow Anthony and IFP.|
|Here is the final product.|
|The blog post got a like from Anthony Horowitz so I guess the trick had his blessing. It was also liked by Nicolas Suszczyk.|