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  1. Michael Gillette Discusses The Bond Girl Book Covers

    'Casino Royale'

    Casino Royale

    As CommanderBond.net readers are no doubt aware, today marks the official republication of all 14 of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond novels with brand new cover art.

    With the ‘2008 Centenary Edition’ label and released under the new Penguin 007 imprint, these new releases may quickly come to be known as the Bond girl covers thanks to the artwork created by designer Michael Gillette.

    In a Mediabistro article, Gillette discussed how he came to create the covers for the latest set of Bond reprints.

    He said: ‘I was approached by Jon Grey, a designer whom I knew socially from my time in London. The concept was devised by Penguin and Jon; they initially asked me to paint a girl for Casino Royale and see if I was keen to try the type too. I realized that this was a great opportunity to produce “the total look” as it were. I decided that within the limitations, that they should all be different colours to inject some instant variety.’

    'The Spy Who Loved Me'

    The Spy Who Loved Me cover

    Gillette further recalls that he pitched three different Bond covers to the Ian Fleming estate before getting the go ahead. He then worked on the covers over a three-month period.

    ‘It was a very hectic period,’ he said, ‘and it seemed that I was always in catch up mode, finishing one and starting the next immediately. Ideally I’d have taken 4-5 days on each: a day to plan, a day painting the girl, one for the type and then another to hone it all.’ At the end of the process, he actually went back to repaint Casino Royale since he felt the finished set differed substantially enough from his initial designs for this particular cover.

    The new Bond hardbacks sporting the Gillette covers are available now in the UK and can also be ordered online from Amazon.co.uk:

    Purchase the hardback reprints of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels from Amazon:

    Casino Royale …… Amazon.co.uk
    Live And Let Die …… Amazon.co.uk
    Moonraker …… Amazon.co.uk
    Diamonds Are Forever …… Amazon.co.uk
    From Russia With Love …… Amazon.co.uk
    Dr. No …… Amazon.co.uk
    Goldfinger …… Amazon.co.uk
    For Your Eyes Only …… Amazon.co.uk
    Thunderball …… Amazon.co.uk
    The Spy Who Loved Me …… Amazon.co.uk
    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service …… Amazon.co.uk
    You Only Live Twice …… Amazon.co.uk
    The Man With The Golden Gun …… Amazon.co.uk
    Octopussy & The Living Daylights …… Amazon.co.uk

    Keep watching CBn for all the latest literary James Bond news and coverage. To keep track of all the upcoming 007 releases, events, television shows, and more–just keep your eyes on the CBn Calendar, located on the right panel of our main page.

    Devin Zydel @ 2008-05-29
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