Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"THERE IS ONLY ONE BOND" second wave covers revealed

The second wave of covers for Vintage Books "There Is Only One Bond" series have been revealed. These final seven paperbacks will be released on October 4, 2012.

Visit The Book Bond's Vintage Fleming page for release dates and pre-order links.

Thanks to Phoebe at Ian Fleming Publications and to Vintage Books.


  1. I really liked the first wave but these now seem very similar wIth little or no variety. I like the concept and the actual technique (despite what others have said, I think the figure is incorporated rather seamlessly into the photograph). But a bit of variety may have worked in their favour. Could Bond not have the girl with him in one or two pictures? Does he have to be standing with his gun out in the middle of a busy street? Wouldn't Goldfinger make more sense if it featured Fort Knox (my apologies if this IS a photo of Fort Knox, my only reference is Ken Adam's exterior set which took several design liberties, I'm sure). They're good and they do their job and they don't offend me at all - they're just all a little too samey when you see them all lined up like this.

  2. Is it me or is the generic silhouette looking a bit like Mr Craig's back - at least for the Live and Let Die cover ?

  3. They do get a little repetitive after a while, don't they. Goldfinger looks too much like Casino Royale and why is our hero jaywalking on the Spy cover? Live and Let's Die Bond model is the dead spit of George Lazenby, not Danny Boy!

  4. Some of the model shots do make one believe that the agency brief was, 'find someone who looks like Daniel Craig from behind.

    These covers remain totally uninspiring. The Bond figure looks like he's just wandered into the frame of a tourist's holiday shot by mistake! And in 2012, does anyone really see James Bond as a subject in monochrome?

    A book cover design is supposed to be eye-catching and contain imagery that makes the potential purchaser want to pick it up in the store. I don't think these cover designs do their job at all.

    Nitpick of the week: the films on the cinema frontages on the cover of LIVE AND LET DIE (1954) were all released before the book was published.

    Graham Rye
    007 MAGAZINE

  5. I noticed that, Graham. I let it slide...maybe it was a re-run cinema. :)
    I understand your concerns about these new covers and would love to see the Graham Rye designed collection. Would you, if asked?

  6. Hello Dan

    (1) I would never be asked. (2) I'm far too busy working on my own publication 007 MAGAZINE on a 24/7 basis. (3) They wouldn't want to pay my fee.


  7. I admit I didn't love these covers at first, but they've grown on me.

  8. I'm still torn. I get the fact that they're meant to emulate current thrillers, such as Jack Reacher or the Robert Crais novels but, if that's the case, why are they in black and white? Surely just make them look like other thrillers with colour covers?

  9. That backdrop in the Goldfinger cover is *not* of the Gold Bullion Depository building within Fort Knox, Kentucky. (I'm thinking it's some stock photo of some government building.) Sir Ken Adam was given a tour of the outside of the building and grounds, but not of the interior. It was not until the 1970s that television cameras allowed a glimpse of the inside of the building... and it's nowhere near the fantastical set of the film!


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