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James Bond Archives Golden Edition A #228/500 - 2012


The James Bond Archives, Golden Edition A, set #228 of 500 lavishly produced leatherbound hardcover volumes accompanied by an original film strip segment from the first Bond film, 1962’s Dr. No, as well as a signed, museum-quality lithograph of Ken Adam’s set design for a notorious scene in 1965’s Goldfinger. The only Golden Editions published, a total of 500 numbered sets in two 250-print runs (A and B) sold out immediately after their November 2012 release, and their extreme scarcity, not to mention the spectacular production quality and one-of-a-kind inclusions, will only ensure their coveted place in collectible investment history for generations to come.

Wondering where limited edition copy #007 might have gone? As part of Global James Bond Day celebrations on October 5—the day marking the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Dr No—Christie’s Auctions of London had the privilege of conducting 50 Years of James Bond: The Auction, where copy #007 went under the hammer for over $16,000. The price of any one of the remaining 499 sets is sure to increase in value.

Our new, still-sealed, two-boxed package features:

  • Fully leatherbound hardcover with gold finish and stunning gilded edges on all sides, 16.2 x 11.8 in., 600 pages, published by the esteemed TASCHEN house
  • Personally signed on the colophon by Daniel Craig, sixth in the line of James Bond actors
  • Number 228 in a limited edition of 250 numbered copies in the A series
  • Includes an archival, museum-quality print signed by Sir Ken Adam, the man who conceived the legendary 1960s and 1970s Bond sets, in a 16″ x 32″ custom richly embossed portfolio
  • Includes an original strip of a half second of film from Dr. No

“Bond, James Bond.” Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 23 EON produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades. To celebrate 50 years of this innovative franchise, EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation. The result is the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Skyfall (2012), including the spoof Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

The stunning imagery is accompanied by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members, relating the true inside story of how the Bond films were made. Containing previously unpublished photography and artwork, as well as production memos from filming, this book is a comprehensive tribute to the legend of James Bond.

Attached at the left, just beneath our Item Number, is a PDF you can download more fully describing the James Bond Archives Project and these fabulous books, celebrating the 50 years 007 has been entertaining fans worldwide.

About the editor
Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives and The Pedro Almodóvar Archives. He also authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in TASCHEN’s Film series.

About Ken Adam’s Goldfinger Art Print
Ken Adam’s brilliant set drawings for the Bond series are legendary, and his design for 1964’s Goldfinger was truly inspired. Replacing a low-tech circular saw in Goldfinger’s Swiss facility, the industrial laser emits an extraordinary light not to be found in Nature. It can cut though solid metal, making it an ideal choice to cleave gold panels into more usable configurations for Goldfinger’s operations. Those who have seen the film are well familiar with Goldfinger’s nefarious use of the laser on Mr. Bond as he was restrained on the saw table, the laser advancing slowly…

Actual Goldfinger Set Designed by Ken Adam
Actual live Goldfinger set designed by the legendary Ken Adam.

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