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Ian Fleming’s very first James Bond novel, 13 april Celebration Casino Royale 1953-2013

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Celebration Royale Sweden in Nybro town                                   http://www.007museum.com/

The month of April, 2013, witnessed various celebrations of the 60 th Anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming’s very first James Bond novel Casino Royale, which first saw the light in 1953. As part of this, the UK’s Sunday newspaper The Observer (April 14) published a nice set of pictures of some of the best dust-jackets and cover design images from the various UK and US editions of the novel over the years, including the first Jonathan Cape edition (1953), with the famous ‘nine of hearts’ artwork devised by Fleming himself, the first American edition in 1954 (from the Macmillan Company which, curiously, changed the design to nine diamonds), the Signet Books 29 th printing (which was a tie-in to the rogue Charles K. Feldman 1967 ‘comedy’ movie version created by five directors), and the Jonathan Cape 4 th printing from 1957. All the covers were supplied by Michael VanBlaricum, who has been collecting ‘Bondiana’ (as he puts it) since 1979, and is president of the Ian Fleming Foundation, which is based in the USA. Mike also contributed a commentary to the Guardian website (the sister paper of the Observer), which gave some interesting notes on eleven of the Casino covers.