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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