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James Bond in print – revisiting The Folio Society’s Ian Fleming collection

From Russia, With Love (1957)

The Folio Society James Bond
From Russia with Love: © 2016 Fay Dalton

The fifth Bond novel became the second feature film, appearing only a few years later in 1963, whilst Fleming was still alive. Perhaps for that reason, the movie and the book are closer in content than many of the other titles. There are a few key differences. For example, the KGB’s villain Rosa Klebb doesn’t have poison in blades in her shoes, but in her knitting needles! The Fay Dalton illustration that can be found in The Folio Society’s edition of the book depicts a man emerging from Marilyn Monroe’s lips behind a poster for her latest movie. In the film, this is replaced by Anita Ekberg’s mouth, from her film with Bob Hope, ‘Call Me Bwana’. Marilyn Monroe had died the year earlier, in 1962, and so had no forthcoming movies. Buy The Folio Society’s edition of Ian Fleming’s ‘From Russia With Love‘.

Greg Jameson
Greg Jameson
Book editor, with an interest in cult TV.

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