18th February 2020
The Royal Mail have unveiled a new 007 stamp collection for 2020
By MI6 Staff
Royal Mail today reveals images of 10 new stamps being issued to celebrate the James Bond film franchise and the release of the 25th Bond film, 'No Time To Die' which releases in UK cinemas on 2 April.
The stamps take inspiration from six key James Bond films across the decades, with the designs a stylistic tribute to the opening titles from each film.
James Bond is depicted in the following films: 'Casino Royale' (Daniel Craig, 2006); 'GoldenEye' (Pierce Brosnan, 1995); 'The Living Daylights' (Timothy Dalton, 1987); 'Live And Let Die' (Roger Moore, 1973); 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (George Lazenby, 1969); and 'Goldfinger' (Sean Connery, 1964).
A further four stamps celebrate some of Q Branch’s most iconic vehicles and the films they appear in: the Lotus Esprit S1 Submarine from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977); Little Nellie, the autogyro from 'You Only Live Twice' (1967); the Bell-Textron Jet Pack from 'Thunderball' (1965); and the Aston Martin DB5, as seen in 'Skyfall' (2012).
Each of the four stamps in the Q Branch Miniature Sheet includes hidden features - a detailed specification of each vehicle - that can only be revealed with the use of a UV light. Each of the stamps also has a unique 007 perforation
Royal Mail spokesperson Philip Parker said: “James Bond is a British icon, recognised throughout the world for decades. It’s fitting our new stamps celebrate the six Bonds with stylish and evocative designs.”
There are also specially designed limited-edition handstamps for pre-ordered First Day Covers (FDC) and Stamp Souvenirs.
One handstamp image features the renowned quote; ‘We’ve been expecting you’, often associated with Bond and his enemies. The issuing location, Tallents House, is Royal Mail’s Edinburgh office where all Special Stamps are dispatched from.