As a close family friend growing up, I have partly dedicated this blog to the life and work of Richard (Dickie) Wasey Chopping, illustrator and writer, who died aged 91.
Richard Chopping provided the iconic original dust covers for 10 James Bond novels with his art, rooted in the natural world in the Trompe L’Oeil style. His circle of friends included Francis Bacon, Kingsley Amis, Peregrine Worsthorne and Benjamin Britten. Chopping lived in Wivenhoe, Essex with fellow renowned artist Denis Wirth-Miller.
This blog also pays tribute to the literary and artistic side of James Bond and to the life and craft of Ian Fleming. I have another personal connection to Fleming, since he briefly worked for my Great Grandfather’s stock brokerage firm, Cull&Co. which later was absorbed into Morgan Grenfell.
Feel free to contact me with your own Bond dust jacket submissions for consideration.