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James Bond: The world’s most famous Secret Agent

April 15th, 2014 by

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A secret agent? You wouldn’t think so from some of the films, when Bond’s name and reputation appear to be widely known. So, just how did 007 become the world’s most famous secret agent? The first chapter of Casino Royale is titled The Secret Agent and, in introducing the world to James Bond, Ian Fleming explains the […]

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License to Thrill: First Edition of Casino Royale Sells for £24,180

April 15th, 2014 by

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A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, (1953) thrilled bidders, selling for £24,180 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Modern Literature on Friday 11th April, held at their saleroom in London’s Mayfair. The first book in the 007 series, Casino Royale (1953) introduced Fleming’s renowned James Bond franchise to the world. Since it […]

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Rare Works by Ian Fleming Go Under The Hammer

April 1st, 2014 by

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Press release: The adventures of secret agent James Bond have a timeless appeal, and a complete collection of writer Ian Fleming’s 007 novels comprise lots 48 – 62 of this sale.  Although all are in excellent condition, of particular note is a first edition of Casino Royale (1953), the book that introduced the character of James […]

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Ian Fleming love letters to be auctioned in New York next week

March 27th, 2014 by

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A number of love letters written by Ian Fleming to his Austrian lover in the early 1930s will be auctioned next week in New York. The letters were written in German to Edith Morpurgo, the daughter of a Salzberg businessman. Fleming went to Kitzbuhel both on holiday as well as attending a finishing school and […]

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Fleming biopic mini-series available on DVD in March

February 27th, 2014 by

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The recent biopic mini-series “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” that aired recently on BBC America from the end of January and on Sky Atlantic earlier this month is now available on Amazon Instant Video in March and will be released on DVD on 10th March. The Fleming biopic stars Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming […]

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Unproduced ‘Thunderball’ script auctioned for £16K at Bonhams

December 20th, 2013 by

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A first draft shooting script for an unproduced version of Thunderball sold for £10,000, while a leather bound copy of the final version went under the hammer for £16,250 at an auction of entertainment memorabilia run by Bonhams this week. Lots 95 to 117 were all Bond related and other rare items included a Dr No […]

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The James Bond Audio Books

December 13th, 2013 by

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These days, with a large proportion of people owning smartphones and tablet computers, the choices for consuming content is much more varied. Yes, we can read the James Bond novels and short stories in book form, but they are also available for Kindle or to listen to in audio book form. All the original Ian […]

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Bonhams to auction original ‘Thunderball’ screenplays in December

November 21st, 2013 by

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Knightsbridge auction house Bonhams is to run a sale of entertainment memorabilia on December 18th that includes a number of lots related to James Bond. Of particular interest to many collectors will be the original screenplays for Thunderball written by Jack Whittingham, the rights of which Danjaq/MGM has recently obtained from the heirs of Kevin […]

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International bibliography prize goes to work on Ian Fleming

October 21st, 2013 by

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Jon Gilbert of Adrian Harrington Rare Books has been awarded the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography for his Bibliography of Ian Fleming published last year. The prize is awarded every four years by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, with this year’s prize being presented next April at the 41st Congress of the International […]

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Bond exhibitions in Illinois

May 24th, 2013 by

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A number of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Casino Royale are currently running at the University of Illinois and the Spurlock Museum. Michael L. VanBlaricum, president of The Ian Fleming Foundation and Illinois alumnus, was asked to curate a “Birth of Bond” exhibition, while the Rare Book & Manuscript Library […]

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