1. Centenary Exhibition: Bond Bound: Ian Fleming and The Art Of Cover Design

    By Matt Weston on 2007-12-22

    Ian Fleming Publications have launched a website devoted to the centenary of James Bond author, Ian Fleming’s birth. The page tracks the growing list of events planned for 2008, including a previously unannounced exhibition looking at the artwork adorning the famous writer’s books.

    “Bond Bound: Ian Fleming & The Art of Cover Design” will be on display at the Fleming Collection for two months. The full press release follows.

    Bond Bound: Ian Fleming & The Art of Cover Design

    A major exhibition ‘Bond Bound: Ian Fleming & The Art of Cover Design’ will be on show at the Fleming Collection from 22 April to 28 June 2008. The exhibition, covering each book published, will also chart the role of artists and designers in creating and defining the Bond look. Casino Royale, the first of the Bond novels spanning half a century, established the James Bond brand. It was a compelling mixture of sex, style and violence that soon turned Bond into the most famous fictional secret agent in history. This provided artists and designers with invaluable opportunities to maximise their talents.

    The exhibition will be a complete anthology of Ian Fleming’s literacy legacy, including the commissioning of Charlie Higson to write the bestselling Young Bond novels and ‘The Moneypenny Diaries’ by Samantha Weinberg, adding a female perspective to the Bond story though the eyes of the adoring secretary Miss Moneypenny, and the latest instalment in Bond’s adult life written as a tribute to Ian Fleming for the centenary by Sebastian Faulks.

    The Fleming Collection
    13 Berkeley Street
    London W1
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7409 5730
    Fax: +44 (0)20 7409 573

    Opening hours:
    (Admission Free)

    Monday Closed to general public
    Open by appointment for group visits and educational events
    Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm
    Sunday Closed

    Nearest Tube Green Park

    For further information about the ‘Bond Bound’ exhibition:

    Cawdell Douglas
    10-11 Lower John Street
    London W1F 9EB
    T: +44 (0)20 7439 2822
    F: +44 (0)20 7287 5488

    The exhibition is the second to be announced by Ian Fleming Publications; next year, London’s Imperial War Museum will host “For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming & James Bond”, which will examine the legacy of Ian Fleming’s life and works. That exhibition will also be accompanied by a book celebrating the author.

    In January, Royal Mail will issue a series of stamps featuring cover artwork from six of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

    Other significant centenary releases include Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care, Samantha Weinberg’s The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling, the fifth book in Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series and the SilverFin graphic novel, plus a brand new edition of Fleming’s classic children’s tale, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

    Keep watching for the latest literary James Bond news.