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James Bond & Friends - Episode 0091

24th May 2021

Delve into the Art of Bond with Goldfinger (Part 1)

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In this episode, we survey the book covers of ‘Goldfinger’, including the first edition by Richard Chopping. This strong graphic cover was apparently Chopping’s favourite Bond effort. After discussion of the first edition, our panelists bring a cover or two to discuss, some with more artistic merit than others.

Along the way, we discover the boatman and the Styx, a jumbo rose, murder for art’s sake, dogs in the garden, the opposite of travel writing, design by the tea boy (in his tea break), David Lynch’s book covers, Matisse’s cutouts meet Picasso’s George Sanders, awards for the most megalomaniacal villain, when David last used a gun in anger, sparkle filters, missing aviators, and piton guns.

Covers discussed

David's picks: Spanish cover 1 / Spanish cover 2

Ben's pick (Book Club 1959)

Sean's picks: Turkish cover / Bantam US cover

You can contact the show via the Twitter hashtag #askbond

The recording took place on April 16th, 2021 in the USA, UK, Spain, and New Zealand.

Paul Atkinson is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger  

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential 

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