Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Here's a 1994 Italian paperback edition of John Gardner's sixth original Bond novel, No Deals, Mr. Bond. I like this cover for several reasons.

First, you gotta love that Bond is depicted as a 1970s Diamonds-era Sean Connery. I also really like that it showcases the Hong Kong locations of this book. I can't think of another No Deals cover that does that. It's also very much a modern pulp cover, capturing Bond in a moment of vulnerable bloody action. And speaking of blood, I'm wondering if this is the only Bond cover that actually shows 007 bleeding?

All the John Gardner James Bond novels were recently reprinted. Visit The Book Bond's special Gardner Renewed page for links to all the Gardner-Bond reprints in the U.S. and UK.


  1. Love your posts about international editions, keep up the amazing work!

  2. Hello John, I like the cover of Italian edition of Never Send Flowers with the Milan's Duomo, a wonderful location (and you know that I'm an expert of italian location)


  3. Another great cover - that disco baseball bat is hysterical! Keep posting these great covers - they're brilliant!

    1. Yes, the shiny bat, the leather jacket, the combed-back blond hair; it's a story. Covers of a thinly-veiled Connery Bond taking on nondescript 80s thugs are always welcome (and one with a punk trying to choke a pseudo Connery-Moore Hybrid Bond with a metal chain while another readies to throw a punch with brass knuckles would be Christmas).


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