Folio Society - Ian Fleming Special Editions

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  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
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    00Agent wrote: »
    royale65 wrote: »
    00Agent wrote: »
    I can't wait to see 50's NYC (St. Regis) and Harlem, as well as Bond's first trip to Jamaica. Flemings first description of it had something magical about it.

    That's why I was very glad to hear there are returning to Jamaica for B25; it is Bond's spiritual home.

    Very true. I hope the film will end with Bond retiring at Goldeneye. Perfect ending for Craig

    And on the eve of his wedding, to calm his nerves, Bond decided to write "the story to end all spy stories"....
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    It’s my birthday today, so I thought I’d treat myself to something special. Just purchased a copy of CR. My first step into the world of Folio!
    Really looking forward to it, although I imagine it’s going to be a costly collection.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    TR007 wrote: »
    It’s my birthday today, so I thought I’d treat myself to something special. Just purchased a copy of CR. My first step into the world of Folio!
    Really looking forward to it, although I imagine it’s going to be a costly collection.

    Happy birthday, enjoy your day. I enjoy reading your comments and opinions.

  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    TR007 wrote: »
    It’s my birthday today, so I thought I’d treat myself to something special. Just purchased a copy of CR. My first step into the world of Folio!
    Really looking forward to it, although I imagine it’s going to be a costly collection.

    Happy Birthday! I see you've made it a good one with that purchase, always nice to treat oneself on a birthday though. I hope you enjoy it.
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    Thank you all for the birthday wishes. Can't wait for the book to arrive. Already budgeting for Moonraker.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    I keep debating whether or not to shell out for these... anyone regret buying as overpriced or underwhelming once received?
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    edited April 2019 Posts: 5,172
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    I keep debating whether or not to shell out for these... anyone regret buying as overpriced or underwhelming once received?

    Nope, i have them all and i will gladly keep on buying.

    Also, for anyone who was or is in doubt, Folio once more confirmed yesterday that they want to do the whole series:
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    @Birdleson I'm not a fan of slipcases to begin with... I wish the slipcase art was the actual cover of the book and had it be standalone. Happy with the books themselves though?
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    DoctorNo wrote: »
    I keep debating whether or not to shell out for these... anyone regret buying as overpriced or underwhelming once received?

    I recently bought CR and I absolutely love it! I really want to get the full collection so will have to get a new one every month or two. It is difficult to justify the spending to my other half when I already own two different versions of the Fleming books in paperback.
    That being said, these Folio editions look absolutely stunning on the shelf and I would argue are worth the money.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    @Birdleson. Not really a comic book person. I'm sure there are nice slipcovers. I'm kind of a minimalist so I would just prefer the artwork on the cover where I can see it in hand and not have an extra thing.

    Thanks @TR007. I have the nice Penguin paperback set with the retro covers from 10+ yrs ago; along with some other paperback singles... glad to hear you think it's worth the money.
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    @DoctorNo My advise would be to just purchase one book of your choice and see how you feel about it once it arrives. You may feel like it's not worth it, in which case you're under no obligation to buy any of the others and you could perhaps sell it on eBay.

    I honestly do think you will enjoy your purchase and get plenty out of it.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    @TR007 That's a good call, I'll do that.
  • DaltonforyouDaltonforyou The Daltonator
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    Does anyone think they''ll do For Your Eyes Only?
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Does anyone think they''ll do For Your Eyes Only?

    If they plan on doing all of them, it'd be a real shame to leave out the short stories.
  • Major_BoothroydMajor_Boothroyd Republic of Isthmus
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    Does anyone think they''ll do For Your Eyes Only?

    I'm hoping and thinking they will. It's full of opportunities for great artwork. But I'm assuming they'll do it last along with OP & TLD. I'm curious to see when they do TSWLM.
  • DaltonforyouDaltonforyou The Daltonator
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Does anyone think they''ll do For Your Eyes Only?

    If they plan on doing all of them, it'd be a real shame to leave out the short stories.

    I only ask because they did Thunderball first. Maybe, they mean all the novels.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    Does anyone think they''ll do For Your Eyes Only?

    Why would they not? But i think they will simply need a bit more time for FYEO and OP, because they will probably need more illustrations for those. Each short story should at least have 2 illustrations in my opinion.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Damn, that's so tempting. On one hand, I've wanted one of these for a long while now, but on the other, I really don't want to fall down the rabbit hole of spending hundreds and hundreds to eventually acquire all of the others, either. I quite love the Penguin editions I own.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Thanks for the head's up, @Red_Snow
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    My first Folio came, Moonraker... I love the illustrations to be sure. But, I thought I would love the texture of the cover and the pages themselves, assuming they would be really something special and with that I'm a little underwhelmed... it's good quality, I just thought it would be more.

    That said, I'm sure I will be collecting them all to have. I doubt there will be nicer hardcover editions anytime soon and everything I have now is paperback.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    @Birdleson. If Folio had replicated the original covers and the physicality of both cover and pages been better, it would be my ultimate dream set!

    If I lived in England, I would go to estate sales on a regular basis with one hope in mind, finding first edition Fleming.
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    It’s really Fay Dalton’s fabulous illustrations that make these editions desirable.
    The Pussy is very annoyed that they have skipped FYEO. Hopefully we will not all be screwed with an incomplete collection !
  • edited May 2019 Posts: 15,567
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    My first Folio came, Moonraker... I love the illustrations to be sure. But, I thought I would love the texture of the cover and the pages themselves, assuming they would be really something special and with that I'm a little underwhelmed... it's good quality, I just thought it would be more.

    In what way, @DoctorNo? Is the thickness of the pages too thin? That's what I like most with my favourite hardcover books; that the pages have a bit thickness and grain to them.

    Have yet to order a Folio Edition book, but will eventually.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Yes @Torgeirtrap, the pages, while acid free, are nothing special or thick to the touch...

    I should reiterate, I love the illustrations. That, and to have nice hardbacks, is why I’m getting all these... But, I do feel quality-wise, these are $30 maybe $40 value... for $60+, i was expecting a little more.

    I agree with @PussyNoMore, they better do FYEO! I also would love an Octopussy to include some of the previously unpublished material, Russian Roulette, Murder on Wheels, etc.
  • edited May 2019 Posts: 15,567
    DoctorNo wrote: »
    Yes @Torgeirtrap, the pages, while acid free, are nothing special or thick to the touch...

    I should reiterate, I love the illustrations. That, and to have nice hardbacks, is why I’m getting all these... But, I do feel quality-wise, these are $30 maybe $40 value... for $60+, i was expecting a little more.

    That's a shame. Collecting these wont be cheap, so you'd expect everything about them to be of top quality.

    I think I'll wait for special deals before ordering any of the books myself. It will be difficult justifying stretching to the current prices if they leave something to be desired quality wise.
  • Major_BoothroydMajor_Boothroyd Republic of Isthmus
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    Any hints when the next release will be? Must be in the next bulk folio collection?
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    edited August 2019 Posts: 5,172
    Any hints when the next release will be? Must be in the next bulk folio collection?

    99,9% sure it will be first week of October.
    Folio has always had the same release dates, first week of october has been the most consistent one for Bond releases. We have been getting a Folio release each October since 2015.

    And since they always release on a wednesday, you can be sure it will be either the 2nd, or the 9th.
    I'm leaning towards 2nd. In which case we get the announcement one week prior, on the 25th September.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
    edited August 2019 Posts: 5,172
    Here's a list with all release dates of the whole Folio collection so far, so it's easier to see the pattern.

    DD/MM/YYYY
    14/10/2015 - Casino Royale
    10/10/2016 - From Russia with Love
    19/05/2017 - Dr. No
    11/10/2017 - Moonraker
    07/03/2018 - Goldfinger
    17/10/2018 - Diamonds are Forever
    06/03/2019 - Thunderball

    Looking at the list now, i realize that LALD will probably come out in mid October, so either 9th or 16th.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Folio rep told me we’ll find out about new releases this month... but didn’t specify if it was release date info or content info
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