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Royal Mail James Bond Stamps

By: FSWL team
James Bond mint stamps
Official press release


Royal Mail is marking the centenary of the birth of Bond creator Ian Fleming with six stamps issued on 8 January and featuring different editions of six of his most famous novels.

Using the long landscape format, designers A2 Design were able to show four editions of each book: beginning with the Jonathan Cape first edition, the UK paperback Pan edition, the US Jove paperback edition and the most recent Penguin paperback edition. Fleming himself was responsible for the design of the Casino Royale & From Russia with Love covers.

The two 1st Class stamps feature Fleming’s first novel Casino Royale (1953) and Dr No, the first novel of the Bond series to be filmed.

The 54p stamps reveal the covers of Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever, while the final 78p pairing features For Your Eyes Only and From Russia with Love.

May 28th 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming - and the new stamps are the first event in a whole year of celebrations including new exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum and the Fleming Collection, and the widely-anticipated new Bond book Devil May Care written by Sebastian Faulks.

Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd said: “It is a privilege for Ian Fleming’s novels to be celebrated by the Royal Mail Special Stamps’ programme and we couldn’t ask for a better start to his Centenary year. James Bond once again in the service of his queen and country: the first of many new adventures in 2008”

Accompanying the Ian Fleming’s James Bond issue is a Prestige Stamp Book, written by novelist, film critic and Bond expert Kim Newman. The volume illustrates Fleming’s own life and draws comparison with the career of his most famous creation.

Royal Mail is also issuing a Miniature Sheet the background of which features a page from one of Fleming’s original notebooks.

Julietta Edgar, Head of Royal Mail Special Stamps said: “Fictional heroes don’t come much more famous than James Bond, so it’s entirely appropriate that we start our 2008 special stamp programme by honouring his creator, Ian Fleming.

“Using the long landscape format has also given us the chance to display the fantastic variety of artistic styles used on the different editions over the decades.

It’s hard to believe that Bond has been with us for more than 50 years, but just like Royal Mail’s special stamps, he’s become part of the British way of life. And his latest adventure? Appearing on millions of items of post every day!”;jsessionid=MG1SFW3ZTOLDIFB2IGVEQEQUHRA0WQ2K?catId=9300091&pageId=shp_prdlist&category=cat57690006&gear=shop



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