A Croatian special edition
of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker was unveiled at
a special gala event this week...
Moonraker Launched In Croatia
May 19th 2011
At a gala event held last week at Le Méridien Lav Hotel
in Split, Croatian publishing house Algoritam has revealed the
latest in its line of special first editions of Ian Fleming’s
007 books, Moonraker.
The Croatian imprint is historically unique in that it
features the work of the nation’s most beautiful
models and most talented photographers, who are recreating
the Bond Girls featured in each title as closely as possible
to the author’s description.
As with the previous
two novels, Casino
Royale and Live
And Let Die, and the Quantum
of Solace short story collection, the first edition
of Moonraker is issued in a strictly-limited run of
1000 hardcover copies with laminated, silver-foil embossed
“It is a tremendous responsibility
to bring the original James
Bond books to a new language,” said
Mr. Vladimir Cvetkovic Sever, the editor and translator
of the Algoritam
“Conversely, it is just as tremendous
an opportunity. Using the same care with which we are ensuring
that the translation is faithful and as rich as the original,
our team has now produced the fourth in a series of covers
that feature character portraits of Ian Fleming’s
Left: The Moonraker
Special Edition cover, featuring Ana Kurobasa as Gala Brand.
Portraying Gala Brand of Moonraker is Ana Kurobasa, the first
runner-up of the 2008 Croatian Miss Universe pageant. As Miss
Kurobasa is based in Split, the Algoritam team decided to produce
the entire cover there, utilising local talent.
Above: Ana Kurobasa interviewed
for Croatian TV
The photographer, Mr. Hrvoje Radeljic, was instrumental in creating
a stage set depicting the polished-gun interior of the Moonraker
rocket shaft in his studio, while a dedicated crew styled Miss
Kurobasa to resemble Gala Brand as closely as possible.
Above: Ana Kurobasa at the promotion.
The results have met with approval from the guests attending
the gala at the Lav, a hotel with a longstanding connection to
the Bond Girl phenomenon – their iconic antecedent, Ursula
Andress, was its first celebrity guest back in 1973. “It
is only fitting that this hotel now celebrates the latest in
this very select group of ladies,” remarked the CEO of
Algoritam, Mr. Neven Anticevic. “We are grateful to the
British Embassy for their assistance in organising this event,
and particularly to Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., who have been
extending gracious support to our imprint since its inception
three years ago.”
Above: The crew of the Special
Edition cover, L-R: Hrvoje Radeljic, photographer;
Dea Duplancic, makeup; Amadea Lasic, makeup; Ana Kurobasa,
model; Ivica Šuljak, hair stylist; Antonia Bekavac,
fashion stylist; Vladimir Cvetkovic Sever, editor & translator.