Folio Society - Ian Fleming Special Editions

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  • edited March 16 Posts: 512
    Revelator wrote: »

    Whooooosh! Go Vivienne, go!
    How superb Dalton's illustrations are--they convey a period feel without being fustian, show attractive women without devolving into cheesecake, and their brushwork has the elegance of Fleming's prose. If I was a rich man I would commission her to extensively illustrate all the novels in the way that Sidney Paget illustrated the Sherlock Holmes stories.


    "The Folio Society has also reintroduced Ian Fleming’s original prologue, which had been removed from all modern editions of the text. In an unusual move by the author, this short introduction suggests that the manuscript had been left on his desk by Vivienne Michel, the book’s narrator."

    Excellent! The prologue was in the very first copy I bought and should be in every one. Besides showing Fleming at his most charming, it contextualizes the book, and confuses younger readers into thinking that Vivienne Michel really existed and wrote every bit as well as Ian Fleming!

    "The Spy Who Loved Me offers a fascinating look at the sexual politics of the early 1960s. At the time, Fleming was concerned to learn that his books were being read in schools and that children saw Bond as an unequivocal hero, rather than as an often ruthless and cold secret agent. It prompted him to write ‘a cautionary tale about Bond, to put the record straight in the minds particularly of younger readers’."

    And Fleming messed up, because TSWLM becomes a love letter to Bond from his creator, with Vivienne disregarding the police chief's warning as she rides away, still smitten with Bond. The confusions and rich stew of cross-gendered emotions in TSWLM make it one of the most fascinating Bond books.


    What a superb appreciation of this edition by the great ‘Revelator’.

    The Pussy agrees completely with him regarding his appreciation of Dalton’s illustrations. Her brushwork does indeed have the elegance of Fleming’s prose. What a great way to describe it. Fay Dalton is a fabulous artist and it is her work that make these editions so collectible.

    Why ‘Folio’ don’t do a selection of prints for aficionados to buy has PussyNoMore scratching his well coiffured head ?

    Regarding the novel itself, the premise that Fleming wrote it because he was in some way disturbed that his books were being read in schools is preposterous. PussyNoMore knows that this was part of his PR release at the time but in reality he was revelling in the notoriety of his work amongst the young.

    Indeed, if that had indeed been the case, he certainly wouldn’t have responded to the issue by writing his most sexually explicit novel !

    If this work had anything to do with the young, it was probably Fleming thinking ‘I know they are reading Bond under the bed sheets and headmasters hate it. Now I’ll really give them something to worry about ......’

    All deeply ironic for PussyNoMore because this was the book that got him into deep doodoo at his school.

    The funny thing about the novel is that it really stands the test of time.

    It was a brave departure from his tried and tested format. He writes in the first person and as a woman beautifully. And he completely captures the zeitgeist of the early ‘60s and the emerging modernism of that time.

    In PussyNoMore’s not so humble opinion the work was part of a continuing love affair with America and was his attempt to write a ‘noir’ in the style of ‘Key Lago’ and he succeeds beautifully.

    Panned by many critics ( notably not the female ones ), this is the book Fleming tried to bury. Happily he failed and this new, beautiful edition is a great way to discover or re-discover it.



  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    I should imagine we'll be getting a glimpse of the new Folio edition - OHMSS, surely - in time for Christmas, no?
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    royale65 wrote: »
    I should imagine we'll be getting a glimpse of the new Folio edition - OHMSS, surely - in time for Christmas, no?

    Mid October is the release window for their winter collection, of which the next Fleming book will certainly be a part of. So i'm guessing maybe the 21st October.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    00Agent wrote: »
    royale65 wrote: »
    I should imagine we'll be getting a glimpse of the new Folio edition - OHMSS, surely - in time for Christmas, no?

    Mid October is the release window for their winter collection, of which the next Fleming book will certainly be a part of. So i'm guessing maybe the 21st October.

    Ta for the information!
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    It’s either OHMSS or FYEO... excited for either one.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    DoctorNo wrote: »
    It’s either OHMSS or FYEO... excited for either one.

    If it is FYEO will Fay Dalton have five illustrations for each of the short stories, I wonder?
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    royale65 wrote: »
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    It’s either OHMSS or FYEO... excited for either one.

    If it is FYEO will Fay Dalton have five illustrations for each of the short stories, I wonder?

    Unlikely as that would literally take her a couple of years. My best guess would be 2 illustrations per story.
    But i have a feeling they will release OHMSS first, but that i just a guess. I think FYEO and OP will be released last, maybe with one year in between because of the extra time needed for them.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    00Agent wrote: »
    royale65 wrote: »
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    It’s either OHMSS or FYEO... excited for either one.

    If it is FYEO will Fay Dalton have five illustrations for each of the short stories, I wonder?

    Unlikely as that would literally take her a couple of years. My best guess would be 2 illustrations per story.
    But i have a feeling they will release OHMSS first, but that i just a guess. I think FYEO and OP will be released last, maybe with one year in between because of the extra time needed for them.

    Woops, that was badly worded on my part. I meant 1 illustration per story.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    royale65 wrote: »
    00Agent wrote: »
    royale65 wrote: »
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    It’s either OHMSS or FYEO... excited for either one.

    If it is FYEO will Fay Dalton have five illustrations for each of the short stories, I wonder?

    Unlikely as that would literally take her a couple of years. My best guess would be 2 illustrations per story.
    But i have a feeling they will release OHMSS first, but that i just a guess. I think FYEO and OP will be released last, maybe with one year in between because of the extra time needed for them.

    Woops, that was badly worded on my part. I meant 1 illustration per story.

    Haha i did wonder about that.

    Yeah one Illustration per story is realistic, but if they charge the same price i would prefer 6 as always.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    We need to get a countdown going.... just a few weeks away. We may or may not get NTTD in Nov, but we should get a Folio Fleming in Oct!
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    Fingers crossed it’ll be Majesty’s!
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Folios Autumn collection was announced and no new Bond.... should have known, it’s 2020 and everything sucks. I called just to verify and they did say no new Bond.

    Guess we have to wait and hope it’s in the Winter collection.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    edited September 20 Posts: 5,144
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    Folios Autumn collection was announced and no new Bond.... should have known, it’s 2020 and everything sucks. I called just to verify and they did say no new Bond.

    Guess we have to wait and hope it’s in the Winter collection.

    There was never a Bond in the autumn collection (September) there was always a Bond in the Winter collection (October).
    I know its confusing because they are so close together but it's the same thing every year.

    Just wait a couple more weeks till mid October and it will come. I'm sure the book was done before the pandemic.
    Though i would worry a bit about the next one in march. Not sure if Dalton had to take a break.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Oh that is confusing, but thank you for clarifying. I will keep hope alive.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    DoctorNo wrote: »
    Oh that is confusing, but thank you for clarifying. I will keep hope alive.

    No worries, i fell for it too once, and then figured out what the hell Folio was doing in regards to their release schedule.

    I don't think there is any reason to worry and i'm pretty sure we will get a new edition in October, i'm taking an educated guess and will say 21st.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    edited October 7 Posts: 5,144
    a week sooner than I though.



    I wonder what it will be.
    Does Anyone have a clue?
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Fifth from the top... it has to be either FYEO or OHMSS. Given the new movies have Spectre and Blofeld you think they would attempt some tie in for media sake, but I don’t think they’ve capitalized on that in past... not the way they’ve done with Dune or Game of Thrones.
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    edited October 7 Posts: 4,159
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    Fifth from the top... it has to be either FYEO or OHMSS. Given the new movies have Spectre and Blofeld you think they would attempt some tie in for media sake, but I don’t think they’ve capitalized on that in past... not the way they’ve done with Dune or Game of Thrones.

    Surely OHMSS, no? It's the Christmas Bond novel after all! ;)
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
    edited October 7 Posts: 2,175
    I agree 5th from the top, too thick for TMWTGG, makes no sense to release YOLT before OHMSS and I reckon OP and FYEO will be last. My money's on OHMSS as well.
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Christmas is coming...
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    royale65 wrote: »
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    Fifth from the top... it has to be either FYEO or OHMSS. Given the new movies have Spectre and Blofeld you think they would attempt some tie in for media sake, but I don’t think they’ve capitalized on that in past... not the way they’ve done with Dune or Game of Thrones.

    Surely OHMSS, no? It's the Christmas Bond novel after all! ;)

    That'd be my assumption, too. I hope it is, might have to finally dive into this collection with that one, as it's one of my favorites.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    😍
    They have a leak in their pipeline.
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    Can anyone tell me which one is the very best of the lot? I'm thinking I should start buying these. They look absolutely lovely.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    @Univex They’re all good... the only one I was a little disappointed with was TB, but that’s being nit picky, it’s still good. I’d recommend picking your favorite book
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    DoctorNo wrote: »
    @Univex They’re all good... the only one I was a little disappointed with was TB, but that’s being nit picky, it’s still good. I’d recommend picking your favorite book

    Thank you, @DoctorNo :)

    I'm afraid picking my favourite book will prove to be an equally daunting task. CR seems to be the obvious choice, but I love DN and OHMSS and YOLT and MR... Damn, this is going to be difficult.
  • Max_The_ParrotMax_The_Parrot ATAC to St Cyril’s
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    @Univex Yeah I'd agree with just going for a book you particularly enjoy, I suspect everyone has their own view on which Folio's are the best, although I particularly like the MR, GF and FRWL ones in terms of Fay's illustrations. I suspect waiting for OHMSS might be as good a strategy as any!
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    @Univex Yeah I'd agree with just going for a book you particularly enjoy, I suspect everyone has their own view on which Folio's are the best, although I particularly like the MR, GF and FRWL ones in terms of Fay's illustrations. I suspect waiting for OHMSS might be as good a strategy as any!

    Thanks, @Max_The_Parrot ! I think I’ll wait for OHMSS ;) and start from there.
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