11 October Update: The two first day covers are currently available to pre-order online. The first will be postmarked at Mayfair (where Ian Fleming was born) and features a diamonds and dice design. Dame Judi Dench will personally sign a limited number of this cover. The second will be postmarked at St Margaret’s-at-Cliff, Kent, where Fleming lived for a time. Featuring an underwater action motif, limited numbers of this cover will be signed by Richard Kiel and a very limited number by Sir Roger Moore. Pre-order: Cover 1 | Cover 2
One of the covers of the four prestige booklets has also been posted online at 007 Magazine. Arrangements are being made to have four different Bond girls personally sign a limited number of the prestige booklets (a different Bond girl for each of the four booklets). Pre-order: Prestige Booklets (set of 4)
Royal Mail will pay tribute to James Bond as part of the Ian Fleming Centenary celebrations next year when it releases a series of stamps commemorating the famous secret agent.
According to Philately Club, a series of six stamps will be released on 8 January 2008, each featuring four different covers of one of Ian Fleming’s novels. The six books to feature on the 60 x 21mm stamps are:
- 1st – Casino Royale
- 1st – Dr. No
- 54p – Goldfinger
- 54p – Diamonds Are Forever
- 78p – For Your Eyes Only
- 78p – From Russia With Love
The site reports that six stamps, a miniature sheet, prestige stamp book, presentation pack and first day covers will all be issued to celebrate the centenary of Fleming’s birth.
The 007 series is currently the only new line of stamps planned for release in January.
Stay tuned to CBn for all the latest news on the Ian Fleming Centenary.