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. 

The Folio Society edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, 
is available exclusively from

The Folio Society edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, 
is available exclusively from

The Folio Society edition of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, illustrated by Fay Dalton, 
is available exclusively from

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.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

An interesting James Bond Pan Books advert

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 guess you fell for my "april fools day" joke?

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.

Correct price
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. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

An amazing James Bond gift in my easter egg

The Easter bunny came by with a truly amazing present this year. Who would ever have thought that hardback book would fit in a classic Sweden egg made out of paper.

The book I received is not any old book. It is the sought after second James Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz titled Forever and a day.

This print does not cover the said to be boat/bullet cover that was revealed a few weeks back. This book has a cover that comes from the marketed only and not to be used design. This makes it even harder to find amongst collectors.

It does not say "proof copy" anywhere on the book so I guess it is not a proof either. I just cant figure out what it is.

I do like the were dark done of the cover even if the font is a bit to Skyfall and therefore already used.

The book has 304 pages and that's the exact same number of pages as Trigger Mortis have.

I have just started reading the book and it feels just as fresh and great as Trigger Mortis.

Since I am Swedish there is only one thing I am hoping for with Forever and a day and that is the mention of James Bonds trip to Stockholm (capital of Sweden) to become a double 0. I will just have to read on and wait.

Forever and a day is released on 31 may in UK.



Please Note: There is a follow up to this blog post here!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Added to my collection: A signed dust jacket.

Back in 1957 Richard W. Chopping was offered to produce his first dust jacket for the upcoming book release of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love. The cover was designed as a collaboration between Fleming and Chopping were Fleming simply told Chopping what he wanted and he drew it.

The collaboration between Ian Fleming and Richard W. Chopping would last for nine upcoming book's only missing out on Dr. No. Chopping was even commissioned to do the cover art for John Gardner's first Bond novel Licence Renewed.

Sadly Chopping was never satisfied with his collaboration with Ian Fleming. Ian apparently always sent kind notes to his artist but Chopping felt that he was a big part of Flemings success and was not paid enough for all the work he did. If I do remember correctly he got an increase around £50 for every new book cover he did.

Now I do not collect autographs especially of the net. And I dare to say that others should not either. 90% of them are fake. But I did stubble upon this signed On Her Majesty's Secret Service dust jacket by Richard W Chopping. It was framed nice and clean. The signature is in a ink ball pen and it was sold from Australia. It cost me £100 and I dont believe this to be fake. The market for this is way to small and the very good framing must have cost £30-40 and then the dust jacket who is excellent must cost £50-100.

I am quite happy whit my new addition to the collection. Cant be many fans who have this.

To read more about the collaboration between Ian Fleming and Richard Chopping you can read this obituary.

Richard Chopping at his studio working on The Spy who Loved Me.  

I have removed the "Copping" part of the signature for no counterfeits to appear on the market. 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Yet another CASINO ROYALE edition to be released

In just a few weeks now Anthony Horowitz second James Bond novel FOREVER AND A DAY will be released in the UK. It will be the first James Bond book to take place before all the others, even CASINO ROYALE.

Therefore Ian Fleming Publications together with Vintage UK are releasing Casino Royale as a
paperback only and this time with a forward by Anthony Horowitz himself.

The cover design is said to compliment the style of Forever and a day and play on violence, card play and shattered romance.

Last year Vintage UK released Casino Royale in a hardback edition together with Live and let die and Goldfinger. If that series is set to be full is yet to be seen.

Below is the cover design for Casino Royale.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Danny Boyle WILL direct BOND 25

I had another blog post planned for tonight but it will have to wait since it today was confirmed from the horses mouth that Danny Boyle WILL direct the next James Bond film due in the fall of 2019. He will also be part of the scriptwriting and therefore this post still can be uploaded on this blog.

As many of us know Danny Boyle worked with Daniel Craig as James Bond during the Olympic opening of 2012.

He told Metro US yesterday evening a hole lot about his working plans for Bond 25.

"We are working on a script right now," 

"We've got an idea. John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away,"  

Boyle hopes to start shooting James Bond 25 by the year's end. Before that, he and Love Actually screenwriter Richard Curtis are teaming for an untitled music-themed comedy set up at Universal that the studio is eyeing for an early-summer shoot, if the casting can come together.

"And it all depends on that, really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now," the Hollywood director said to Metro US.

I actually met Danny Boyle and had dinner with him in Sweden back in the year 2000 when he was promoting THE BEACH. He was very kind and polite back then.

My personal hope is that Bond 25 will not be a follow up to SPECTRE. That would not create an opportunity for Danny Boyle to show what he is capable of.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

Limited edition of FOREVER AND A DAY coming soon

A few days back I wrote about the fact that Anthony Horowitz upcoming James Bond novel FOREVER AND A DAY can be bought at the book chain Waterstones and on their website.

Now Goldsboro books has revealed that they are releasing a limited edition of 750 books signed by Horowitz on June 7, 2018. The difference is that their edition has sprayed edges (colour unknown but hoping for gold).

Goldsboro books released a limited edition of Trigger Mortis back in the fall of 2015. At that time the cook cost £25. They still have prints of that book left and they are now on sale for £120. A hefty increase in price during these three years.

If you want your signed Goldsboro edition you might need to be be quick on your ordering finger. Triger Mortis was available in 1 000 prints but Forever and a day will only be available in 750 prints and might sell out quicker. 


Monday, 5 March 2018

Buy your signed edition of FOREVER AND A DAY here!

It is just weeks before the second James Bond novel from Anthony Horowitz is out for sale in the UK titled FOREVER AND A DAY. The official date is set to be 31 of may, changed from previous August.

I guess its due to the talk on blogs like this one and The Book Bond and forums that The Ian Fleming Publications now has started to make an event out of the cover design for the next book. I have no memory of this happening to older continuation novels in the series.

So what about my two cents for the cover for this novel. Well I am that kind of guy who loves all things old with a history to it. Therefore I feel that this cover is to modern for my taste. My personal guess is that the UK paperback of TRIGGER MORTIS sold really well with its modern cover and therefore Ian Fleming Publications felt safe to go with a modern cover more then a safer bet like the one they used for the hardback of Trigger Mortis. I need to mention here that my wife who reads 1-2 books a week says I am not modern enough and that she likes the cover a lot.

The writer Anthony Horowitz is satisfied with his cover, writing on twitter a few days ago that "I think this is a fantastic cover. So glad that it’s out there in its entirety".

So all collectors starts thinking about where to order it from and is it even possible to get it signed? And the answer to that as you may have guessed is yes. If you order it from British book chain Waterstones on their website you can get it for £18.99 signed. Otherwise you can order it from Amazon UK for a far less £12.91

I ordered the signed edition!

If you have not seen the text on the backside of the upcoming novel you can read it below and get a small "Mofassa" chill.

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.'

And below is the small synopsis for the story.

The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand.
It's time for a new agent to step up.
Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime.
It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.
This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera.
 The book has 336 pages.

I have uploaded the short trailer for the book on the blogs YouTube channel.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Interview with BOND UNKNOWN writer Edward M. Erdelac

I recently had the opportunity to do an interview with Canadian James Bond writer Edward M Erdelac. As some of you know the copyright laws is Canada is different to most of the world with only 50 years protection. Therefore it seems okay to release James Bond novels in Canada that are not allowed to be sold abroad (making them collectors item at the same time).

The latest book is called BOND UNKNOWN and carries two story's about 007 with one written by Edward M. Erdelac.  

Can you tell my readers a bit about your self and how the book came to be.

I'm from Indiana, educated in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. In the meantime I've written twelve novels, the most recent being Monstrumfuhrer from Comet Press and Andersonville from Del Rey.

Basically Bond Unknown came about when Neil at April Moon Books was discussing the copyright lapse on the Fleming novels in Canada where he's based, and posited the idea of James Bond encountering Cthulhu. A bunch of authors chimed in about their willingness to do unauthorized Bond fiction in the mode of the old books, straight up pastiches, but something about the Lovecraftian angle clicked with me and I pitched Neil the idea for Mindbreaker, and churned it out in a month or so (it's about the length of one of the Fleming books). In the interim another publisher did some ill-advised deconstructionist take on Bond. I don't think it did very well. Willie Meikle finished his Mythos take on Bond as well and Neil approached us both with packaging them together.

 I am also interested in your feelings regarding Canada being the only country with a shorter copyright span.

I don't really have an opinion on this. I can only say I'm glad it afforded me the opportunity to write the character. 

Have you in any way been contacted buy Ian Fleming Publications?

I haven't, no.

Have you read the Fleming books or is it mainly the films that made you want to write your on Bond story?

Oh yeah I definitely read the books, and they're the main inspiration for Mindbreaker. I read all my father's original paperbacks, water stained and practically falling apart, left over from his college days. As far as the movies, I didn't grow up a Bond fan. I never much cared for Roger Moore and that was the Bond of my youth. I actually thought Bond was some kind of romantic series growing up. I think it was when I saw Goldeneye in my teens that the character finally popped for me, and I went back and watched them all, then read my dad's books and found the real character for the most part only suggested in the early Connery movies. I do love the series now. 
The real appeal of writing Bond for me was Neil's insistence that the story had to take place in the timeline of the original 60's books. I wanted to write the Bond of that era. In rereading them for research, I was particularly interested in Bond's state of mind following his brainwashing by the Russians at the beginning of The Man With The Golden Gun. Bond had just left Kissy Suzuki for Vladivostok and been picked up by Russian intelligence, sent to assassinate M., and then re-conditioned. After all that, he's still resilient enough to take on Scaramanga. To me, this showed Bond was possessing of a mental strength perhaps more remarkable than his physical prowess. With the mental shenanigans that Lovecraftian stories usually engender in their protagonists, I got it in mind that James was somehow peculiarly suited to facing the Old Ones and coming through shaken but not stirred, if you'll pardon me. I had read a bit about the mystic John Dee and his signing off on intelligence to the Queen with the 007 cypher, and that really got my wheels turning, that maybe Bond had a purpose beyond being a blunt instrument. Not that chosen one stuff, which I don't care for, but that maybe something peculiar to his genetic makeup suited him as a weapon against the Mythos.
I'm also a fan of Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out, and Strange Conflict, about Duc de Richlieau, a sort of proto Bond figure, a debonair intelligence agent who also happens to fight the occult. So without naming names, the inspiration for the subsection of MI6 that deals with the Lovecraftian threats and sort of requests Bond in Mindbreaker, I conceived as of something that stemmed from Duc de Richlieau's World War II experiences, some pet project the man convinced MI6 to create. 
Anyway, with the basic idea of how Bond would fit into the Mythos, it was just a matter of coming up with the supernatural aspect itself. I'm not Fleming but I wanted to cleave as close to Fleming's style as possible, so I began with the idea of a kidnapped Royal Princess and went from there, gradually unveiling the real threat, sprinkling in familiar faces from both Lovecraft and Fleming along the way, and staying true to the character. I knew I wanted to do something with Egypt and Nyarlathotep, so I did a lot of reading into Ancient Egypt, the Napoleon expedition, and of course the modern era immediately following Soviet involvement in the country, a cool place for Bond to play around in. I also knew I wanted Tracy's father and the Unione Corse to make an appearance, so I read up on Corsica (which conveniently tied in with the Napoleon Expedition), and on archaeological digs on the island. 
My best hope is that I've done my due diligence and come up with a respectable story that can entertain fans of both Fleming and Lovecraft.

 On the website for April Moon Books it now says that the book is actually sold out

Book cover for BOND UNKNOWN (Note the letter 1 on the right side)

Author Edward M. Erdelac

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Rare James Bond cover drafts has emerge

Artist Levente Szabo was commissioned by Vintage Classics last year (2017) to come up with three covers for their release of Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Goldfinger. His covers was a huge success amongst fans and we are all hoping to see more books wearing his covers.

But on his website so other designs has appeared. They seems to be early drafts of what might have come.

below is his own words and close up's of his designs. Notice that they very a bit between different pictures. Click on them to show them bigger.

Since I truly enjoy designing the identity of whole book series', this personal project was
an experiment to produce bold and engaging covers for Ian Fleming's James Bond novels.

Although there are seventeen original novels I restricted myself to three as a proof of concept.

The protagonist is such a well known pop culture icon with so many iterations that I felt I should focus on the villians  Le Chiffre, Mr Big and Auric Goldfinger. 

 — instead of the famous6 a

The layouts were pretty close to the final versions from the start, the only trouble I had was with Goldfinger's composition.

 Casino Royale's themes: France, Vesper Lynd, casino, baccarat, golf, SMERSH

Live and Let Die's themes: Florida, Jamaica, voodoo, 17th-century gold coins, SMERSH

Goldfinger's themes: Fort Knox, Rolls-Royce, canasta, golf, SMERSH

Drawings from Levente Szabo's website

Sunday, 21 January 2018

World exclusive: Mini interview with Anthony Horowitz

I contacted James Bond author Anthony Horowitz and asked him if he was willing to do a short "mid-Bond novel" interview and he is such a kind person he replied in just a few hours that he could do a short interview but I would have to understand that a lot is under wraps until the marketing of the novel starts (should be around July - August this year).

I decided to only ask Anthony six questions and they are all below.  

Dear Stephan,

I’m afraid I can’t answer your questions at any length as I have to hold back on any publicity until Bond 2 is published. But here are a few hints…

You are currently at your second draft. Can you tell us how you write and what you focus on, on each draft?

I have actually written more than two drafts of the book. Each time I rewrite, I look at the language and the pace. Sometimes chapters are too short. The plot of the new book had to be very carefully thought out and this also took time.

We have all read about how the typical working day for Fleming looked like on Jamaica, Swimming in the morning, Writing, Lunch, Siesta and then some more Writing Before dinner. How does a typical workday for Anthony Horowitz look like?

I get up around 7.00am and start work straight away in my London flat (Clerkenwell). I work until about 11.30am when I walk the dog for two hours. This is valuable thinking time. I then work through the afternoon and sometimes the evening too. My working life, as you can see, is a lot less glamorous than Ian Fleming’s.

You have now written books about James Bond and Sherlock Holmes but you have also written tv episodes of Poirot. What do you find most challenging? Do the fans differ?

Bond is more challenging than Holmes or Poirot. Capturing Ian Fleming’s style and being true to his world takes a lot of thought. Novels always take more time than TV!

When it comes to the cover design of a James Bond book, how involved are you allowed to be? Do you get to see all countries before they are approved?

Yes – I see all the covers in every country. I am fully involved but at the same time covers are not my expertise. I trust the publishers!

How many countries released Trigger Mortis? Do you find it hard for Publishers to sell books abroad?

I can’t answer this I’m afraid as I don’t know. It’s not my job to sell the book abroad. You need to ask the publishers.

My gut tells me that Mr Horowitz second James Bond novel will be partly set in Istanbul…How Close am I of being correct?

You’re nowhere near. Sorry.

So there you have it. Hopefully we will be able to do a longer and maybe better (on our part) interview in conjunction with the next James Bond novel. Keep coming back for more. 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bond Vs Bond

Earlier last year Penguin Vintage released three James Bond novels as hardbacks. The titles where Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Goldfinger.

The illustrations used for the covers were made by Levente Sabó. But Ian Fleming Publications then used the same drawing from Casino Royale for their Christmas cards but with some modifications.

I have therefore constructed both drawings head to head so that you can see the difference.

Note Bond's eye, mouth, mistletoe, cigarette, fire, gate and people. I must confess that I do not understand why there is a gate there with two persons.

If you still have not purchased the three books I do suggest you do so. They are well worth to be included in any James Bond collection. You can find them on AmazonUK here.

You can click the photo to see it bigger.
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