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1 November 2013
Special Casino Royale Bentley Edition (2013)

By: FSWL team
Published:
2013-09-26
Casino Royale Bentley Edition 2013
Vintage Classics and Bentley Motors have united to create a luxury special edition of CASINO ROYALE to mark 60 years of Bond, featuring a brand new introduction from racing legend Sir Stirling Moss.

Bond’s car was his only personal hobby. One of the last of the 4 ½ litre Bentleys with the supercharger by Amherst Villiers, he had bought it almost new in 1933 and had kept it in careful storage throughout the war… Bond drove it hard and well and with an almost sensual pleasure. - Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, 1953

Just 500 copies will be produced, each costing £750. This collector’s item will be on sale from 1st November exclusively from Random House, and is available to customers globally, excluding the USA and Philippines. Orders can be placed through a dedicated Random House phone number:

From the UK: 01206 255666
From outside the UK: (+44) 2006 255666

The Bentley is James Bond’s car of choice in the original Fleming novels and Ian Fleming was a huge admirer of the Bentley Boys, seduced by their adventures on the racing track. In his introduction, Sir Stirling Moss comments: ‘When it came to cars Fleming really knew his stuff… he must have known that the fabulous pre-war Bentleys won at Le Mans four years in a row from 1927-30.’ This iconic edition aims to capture that spirit of adventure and the glamour associated with these leading British brands.

From the hand-bound beluga leather casing to distinctive Bentley features such as hand-stitched embroidery and silver foil page edges, this special edition of Casino Royale is produced with only the very finest materials. Its striking red, white and black colouring is a nod to the gambling theme of Fleming’s first novel, where Bond famously takes on his adversary, Le Chiffre, over a game of baccarat. A special feature of this edition is the bespoke set of playing cards, hidden within a secret compartment. Throughout each book are evocative brush illustrations by the Award winning illustrator Damian Gascoigne.

Editor's note:
In 2008, in conjunction with the Ian Fleming Centenary, Bentley Motors and Penguin Books collaborated and published a special Bentley edition of Devil May Care, Sebastian Faulks James Bond novel. And in 2011, Hodder & Stoughton partnered with Bentley Motors and published an exclusive special Bentley edition of Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver's James Bond novel.

For other posts covering the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond novel on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Vintage Classics and Bentley Motors special 60th edition of Casino Royale (1953). © Random House Group Ltd. All rights reserved.

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