1. What is your favorite Chopping cover and why?
Probably From Russia, With Love. I like the rose and the gun as the hint at what is to come within the pages of the novel.
2. Do you own any 1st editions?
I have a copy of You Only Live Twice, but it is without the dust jacket unfortunately. I bought it knowing next to nothing about collecting first edition books on eBay and later found out it is a second printing, further reducing its value.
A good quality first edition with dust jacket is something I can only dream of now as prices have taken them way out of my league. If I had the money I’d go for a full set, but until that point I’ll hope that prices fall!
3. What is on your literary 007 wishlist?
I don’t really have one, I’m not really much of a collector. At the time of writing there is less than a week before Solo is released and I’m hoping it will be good.
4. When did you read your first Bond novel and which is your favorite?
I was eight when I first read my day’s copy of Casino Royale, much of which went way over my head. I do remember the end though and being upset at the death of Vesper and shocked by Bond’s “the bitch is dead now”. It’s a great way to end the book!
My favourite Bond novel is probably Thunderball, although I’m never absolutely sure about what tops my list – I love them all for different reasons. I love the short stories too, The Living Daylights in particular is superbly written.
5. Do you have any favorite Bond dust jackets in paperback or by continuation authors?
I like the copy of Casino Royale I pinched off my dad, but a lot of that is for sentimental reasons I suppose. It is a 1960s pan, with a cheque set on a green background. Many of my early books were picked up second hand and so I have a random collection of paperbacks of various editions.
The first book I bought new was a 1970s Triad Panther edition of Dr No, with a girl posing on a golden gun. I also like the more recent covers done by Richie Fahey.
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