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Croatian Gala Event For Ian Fleming's Moonraker

By: FSWL team
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Croatian special edition of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker presented at a gala event in Split, Croatia.


ZAGREB, MAY 16, 2011
At a gala event held last week at Le Méridien Lav Hotel in Split, Croatian publishing house Algoritam has revealed the latest in its line of special first editions of Ian Fleming’s 007 books, Moonraker (1955).

The Croatian imprint is historically unique in that it features the work of the nation’s most beautiful models and most talented photographers, who are recreating the Bond Girls featured in each title as closely as possible to the author’s description. As with the previous two novels, Casino Royale (1953) and Live and Let Die (1954), and the Quantum of Solace short story collection, the first edition of Moonraker is issued in a strictly-limited run of 1000 hardcover copies with laminated, silver-foil embossed covers.

“It is a tremendous responsibility to bring the original James Bond books to a new language,” said Mr. Vladimir Cvetkovic Sever, the editor and translator of the Algoritam 007 imprint.

“Conversely, it is just as tremendous an opportunity. Using the same care with which we are ensuring that the translation is faithful and as rich as the original, our team has now produced the fourth in a series of covers that feature character portraits of Ian Fleming’s leading ladies.”

Portraying Gala Brand of Moonraker is Ana Kurobasa, the first runner-up of the 2008 Croatian Miss Universe pageant. As Miss Kurobasa is based in Split, the Algoritam team decided to produce the entire cover there, utilising local talent. The photographer, Mr. Hrvoje Radeljic, was instrumental in creating a stage set depicting the polished-gun interior of the Moonraker rocket shaft in his studio, while a dedicated crew styled Miss Kurobasa to resemble Gala Brand as closely as possible.

The results have met with approval from the guests attending the gala at Le Méridien Lav Hotel, a hotel with a longstanding connection to the Bond Girl phenomenon – their iconic antecedent, Ursula Andress, was its first celebrity guest back in 1973.

“It is only fitting that this hotel now celebrates the latest in this very select group of ladies,” remarked the CEO of Algoritam, Mr. Neven Anticevic.

“We are grateful to the British Embassy for their assistance in organising this event, and particularly to Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., who have been extending gracious support to our imprint since its inception three years ago.”


>Brige Su Za Druge (Devil May Care)
Casino Royale (Casino Royale)
>Zrno Utjehe (Quantum of Solace)
>Zivi I Pusti Umrijeti (Live and Let Die)
>Moonraker (Moonraker)
>Silverfin (Silverfin)

photo above:
Ana Kurobasa interviewed for Croatian TV © Hrvoje Radeljic, 2011. All rights reserved.

As Algoritam gears up for the production of its upcoming 007 release, Diamonds Are Forever (1956), it was also announced that Moonraker and a very limited number of its previous 007 special editions are shortly becoming available to the international collectors through an exclusive partnership with Croatia’s leading online luxury goods retailer:



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