Jan 12, 2008
Bond Reissue Covers Revealed
CommanderBond.net has broken a huge story this morning for fans of the literary 007! They've uncovered the images of all fourteen covers for the forthcoming UK hardcover "Centenary" editions of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels from the blog of cover artist Michael Gillette. I love his work (which I wasn't previously aware of), and the images are really, really cool. My only gripe is that they seem more film-inspired than novel-inspired (especially Live And Let Die), as the images are so Sixties (seemingly inspired by the poster campaign for the '67 spoof version of Casino Royale, each featuring a beautiful woman tattooed or painted with the title of the book). As the whole point of this line is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author of the novels, that seems a little strange, but no matter; Gillette has created some fantastic new Bond imagery sure to separate collectors with their hard-earned cash when the books come out this spring! And he's clearly studied all sorts of previous Bond art, as various movie posters and prior paperback covers can be seen as influences on his work. (I really like how Diamonds Are Forever recalls that great Pan paperback cover.) Visit his blog to peruse all of the illustrations. I think my favorite is Dr. No.