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

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

Illustration ©Fay Dalton 2018 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.



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