The brand new series of James Bond stamps–which is the Royal Mail’s way of taking part in the Ian Fleming centenary celebrations this year–were launched yesterday in the UK.
As previously reported on CommanderBond.net, the six stamps each feature a different Fleming James Bond novel:
- 1st – Casino Royale
- 1st – Dr. No
- 54p – Goldfinger
- 54p – Diamonds Are Forever
- 78p – For Your Eyes Only
- 78p – From Russia With Love
Furthermore, a miniature sheet, prestige stamp booklet, presentation pack, press sheet and first day covers have also been issued to celebrate the centenary of Fleming’s birth.
Former Miss Moneypenny actress Samantha Bond assisted in launching the new 007 stamps by posing next to an Aston Martin DB6 to publicise the new collection (click here to view a video of the event).
According to a report from the Oxford Mail, Fleming’s great nephews Robert and Diggory Laycock and great niece Rose Grimond, who have bought the village shop and post office in Nettlebed, near Wallingford, were proudly showing off replicas of the new stamps.
‘These stamps are a tremendous way of celebrating Ian Fleming’s life and achievements. We couldn’t be more thrilled that the Bond books are being featured in his centenary year,’ said Robert Laycock.
‘It is estimated that over half the world’s population have heard of James Bond which is an incredible testament to the imagination of his creator, Ian Fleming,’ said Julietta Edgar, the Royal Mail’s head of special stamps.
I’m delighted to see that the most famous super-spy is once again in the service of Queen and country and will be appearing on millions of items of post.’
Keep your eyes on the CBn main page for all the latest news on the Ian Fleming centenary events taking place throughout 2008. 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.