Artist Michael Gillette has designed a new cover for the "Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Story" collection to be published in Portugal...

New Quantum of Solace Cover
15th February 2008

To celebrate the Ian Fleming centenary, Penguin commissioned artist Michael Gillette to redesign the covers for all 14 James Bond novels, re-released in hardback under the Penguin 007 imprint in May 2008. In August 2009, Penguin also released the series in paperback.

Originally from Wales but now based in San Francisco, USA, Gillette has worked for some of the world's biggest clients including Capitol Records, Greenpeace, Levi and MTV. Of his latest work for Bond, Gillette wrote on his blog, "Ahh the The 60's. When I was a kid, I thought this was what illustration was all about - setting the type and drawing the images for books."
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Back in 2008, with no movie novelization for the film "Quantum of Solace", Ian Fleming Publications instead released a complete collection of Ian Fleming's short stories. To cash in on the movie, the title of the collection was taken from one of the included stories...Quantum of Solace. Penguin Modern Classics published the collection in paperback. It was the US version of this edition that sported cover artwork by Richie Fahey, who had previously designed the US paperback series in 2004 and 2005. Penguin Classics then released the compendium again in the UK in late 2008 with another new cover - this time a 'dossier' style hardback jacket that went on to win a design award.

Now, the "Quantum of Solace" compendium is being updated with a new cover from Gillette to complete the series of 'Centenary' designs. The latest edition will be published in Portuguese by Arteplural under the imprint Contraponto. Most of the titles on the artwork have carried over untouched, but some have been translated ('Live And Let Die' becomes 'Vive E Deixa Morrer'). Contraponto will release Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, Dr. No and Quantum of Solace in March.

There is no word yet whether this cover will be made available in the UK or USA.


Above: 'Quantum of Solace' cover artwork by Michael Gillette.

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