007 WEEK: There’s a movie out this week, sure. But, Mr. Bond started out in books, of course …
UPDATED 5/28/17: This first ran during our 007 WEEK when Spectre came out. But Ian Fleming was born 109 years ago today — that’s May 28, 1908 — so it seemed the perfect time to revisit it. Enjoy.
When I used to go to the late lamented U.S. #1 Flea Market in New Brunswick, N.J., as a kid, I didn’t just go for comics and the best fresh-cut French fries on the planet. I used to also go to this kiosk that sold used books. Specifically, I went to get used James Bond books.
I didn’t read them. I would just look at the covers over and over. (I started reading them as an adult, and let’s just say I prefer the movies.)
Anyway, those copies are long gone but I wasn’t going to go through 007 WEEK without paying the proper respect to those mid-Century gems.
Now, I usually do a 13 COVERS shtick here. And I was about to pick 13 great ones at random. Thing is, there were 15 books published under Ian Fleming’s byline. So close! So I’m bending the rules this time and picking one for each title, in order of the books’ original publication dates.
Why these covers? I owned a lot of them and have noted so below. The others I picked because I dug them for a variety of reasons.
Thanks to the great Bond website PizGloria.com for the images!