Saturday, August 19, 2023

70th Anniversary James Bond Series Arrives

Back in April of 1953 Ian Fleming's first James Bond adventure, "Casino Royale", was published. In April of this year, to celebrate the novel's 70th anniversary, Ian Fleming Publications released a completely new series of paperbacks with cover designs by Webb & Webb.  As a complete set is yet to surface for sale on book shelves here in Australia I ordered the complete set online.  They arrived in the post several weeks ago.

As you can see from the photos above the cover designs are fantastic (even the back covers !) and sitting on a shelf together the spines look fantastic.  Here they are on

There has been some controversy about the release of these editions as some text has been changed to bring the novels in line with current community attitudes.  I'm not going to discuss that topic here, instead I'll leave you with your own viewpoint.

Further, "Thrilling Cities" and "The Diamond Smugglers", two non-Bond novels also written by Ian Fleming, were released at the same time with similar cover designs.  I'll add another post featuring these covers later.