New Look!

We are thrilled to unveil new branding today with the help from a fellow agent in the field, Mr. Gary Cook from Honeypot Designs. Calling up the spirits of Richard Chopping and Ian Fleming, Gary has conjured up sufficient quantities of ‘beauty and death’. Don’t forget to check out all his wonderful designs on Facebook,…

The New ‘Per Fine Ounce’ by Peter Vollmer

Glidrose Productions (now Ian Fleming Publications) planned for a series of James Bond novels to be published under the pseudonym of Robert Markham. Celebrated South African novelist and award-winning Sunday Times correspondent Geoffrey Jenkins was asked to write an original James Bond 007 novel in 1966, following on from The Man with the Golden Gun.…

Blessed by Fleming, Adorned by Chopping – ‘The Fourth of June’ by David Benedictus

The Fourth of June is the first novel by David Benedictus. This title was reviewed upon publication by Ian Fleming, who was an Old Etonian with David. In Fleming’s Sunday Times review he described it as ‘One of the most brilliantly written books since the war.‘ Fleming’s review of the book was complimentary of the writer but admittedly seemed out of…

Top 10 Most Collectable James Bond Paperbacks

Thanks to PizGloria.com for this hand-picked selection. 1) “Casino Royale” (334) published by Pan Books in 1955 – (artist Roger Hall). First Bond paperback and first portrayal of Bond on a cover.  Often hard to find in great condition. 2) “Moonraker” (392) published by Pan Books in 1956 (artist Josh Kirby). Again an early cover and…

For Your Eyes Only

New ‘Solo’ UK Cover Homage to ‘For Your Eyes Only’?

The new paperback cover art for William Boyd’s SOLO, to be published in the UK by Random House on 8th May . The new design combines the SOLO typeface featured on the hardback edition with elements of the photographic style seen on the 007 contemporary Vintage series. The single eye that stares boldly from the centre is reminiscent of…

007 Ways to Buy James Bond 1st Editions

It is often challenging to locate ‘very good’ or ‘near fine’ examples of James Bond / Ian Fleming novels due to condition qualities, that are specific to certain titles and make them increasingly scarce. To save you some time, I’ve collected up the 7 best companies for sourcing James Bond 1st Editions and other Ian…

David Craggs

Field Report: David Craggs

1. What is your favorite Chopping cover and why? From Russia With Love (FRWL) because it is completely iconic and Richard Chopping’s painting is the greatest piece of art ever to grace a dust jacket. Coincidently it also happens to enrobe Fleming’s best Bond book and payed an extremely significant part in elevating him from…

Flower Motifs in Literary James Bond

Ian Fleming had a lifelong fascination with flowers and this motif would permeate many of his books and corresponding artwork for years to come. His first and only poetry collection, privately printed in 1928, was titled The Black Daffodil (unfortunately no copies exist today). His good friend Ivar Bryce remarked on reading The Black Daffodil: “He read me…

The Fly by Richard Chopping

‘The Fly’ by Richard Chopping

After Ian Fleming‘s death in 1964, Richard Chopping published – on Angus Wilson’s recommendation – The Fly. This flits between an office’s variously embroiled staff, including widowed caretaker Mrs Macklin, “a woman of warthog sensibility” whose feckless elder children consider, at the outset, inflating an abandoned condom near a pixie-hatted sibling. “Tears squeeze out of…

From Bentley, With Love: ‘Casino Royale’ Bentley Edition

First dispatched on September 26, this beautiful collector’s item deserves mention. Vintage Classics and Bentley Motors have united to create a luxury special edition of Casino Royale to mark 60 years of Bond. It also features an introduction from racing legend Sir Stirling Moss: “When it came to cars Fleming really knew his stuff… he must have known that the fabulous pre-war Bentleys…