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60 Years of Spying in Style: The Dashing, Debonaire Design of James Bond


Is there a more stylish, more dashing, more debonaire fictional character than James Bond? I think not. The spy we love to love, 007, took style to whole new heights from his clothes to his quotes to his drink preference. So it should come as no surprise that our favorite swoon-worthy spy has inspired the same heights of gorgeous grandeur from book designers.

April 2013 is 60 years since the debut of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (first edition pictured at left), and they haven’t lost any gorgeousness since.

Here are just a few that really stand out from the crowd.

First, these are six of the original first edition James Bond novels published by Jonathan Cape.

Then we have six of the gorgeous 2008 James Bond Penguin covers – the Limited Edition Centenary Edition Release, by Michael Gillette.

And lastly, from Amazon’s Mysteries & Thrillers imprint, Thomas & Mercer, these gorgeous almost monochromatic (but for a splash of red), minimalist James Bond covers.

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Beth Carswell

About Beth Carswell

I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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