Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FOR SPECIAL SERVICES 1985 Coronet paperback

Continuing our look back at the 1985 UK Coronet paperbacks, here's John Gardner's second Bond novel For Special Services. Another great cover.


Check out the 1985 Coronet Licence Renewed and Role of Honour.

5 comments:

  1. Silhouette looks like Moore again, circa either LIVE AND LET DIE or THE SPY WHO LOVED ME?

    It's interesting how the Bond books were packaged and presented then vs. now. The recent continuations rather aim for "prestige", whereas these 80s ones are presented as more purely commercial, more mass-produced, with more emphasis on action and more willingness to evoke the films. Covers like these make me see where the (unfairly) much-maligned "munched at McDonalds" analogy was coming from.

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    1. Very well observed. Maybe that's why I so enjoyed these years and the books by Gardner and Benson. I liked the fusion.

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    2. I also enjoyed the fusion aspect of the novels from that time period. I wish the current continuation novels would take on a more modern look at Bond. I feel as though he's getting stuck in the 60's again.

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  2. Is "masterspy" always one word on UK covers and two on American, or does it just vary by edition and publisher? Personally I prefer "master spy" from the Putnams.

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    1. Might have been a US-UK thing. The first round of Coronets also had "masterspy" one word, and the US Berkley PBs were the same as the Putnams.

      In either iteration I've always liked it. It's an endearing bit of spruiking.

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