Bond Bound: Ian Fleming & The Art of Cover Design looks at all Ian Fleming’s books including the children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thrilling Cities – his collected travel journalism. However much of the exhibition charts the the role of artists and designers in creating and defining the Bond look. The covers of Bond novels stretching back more than half a century provide a fascinating snapshot of society’s changes attitudes to sex, feminism and the changing international political climate.
Each of the Bond books carries a visual interpretation of the world created by Ian Fleming on its cover, and this publication dips its toe into that incredibly diverse aspect of the Bond canon. From the very first British hardback covers (some of which were designed by Fleming himself), through the subsequent years of reprints and international editions, up to the special Centenary volumes published in 2008, Bond Bound charts the role of artists in creating and defining the Bond look and features book covers, film posters, letters and previously unseen archive material.
Published by the Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation 2008, the book also includes essays by Bill Smith, Henry Chancellor, Alan Powers, Kate Grimond and Selina Skipwith.