The cover designs for the new Amazon editions of Ian Fleming's The Diamond Smugglers and Thrilling Cities have been unveiled. Bringing Fleming's journalistic writing to new audiences, the books will be published on March 26th and are designed to compliment the Amazon editions of Fleming's 007 novels released last year. Although I was a fan of the new designs overall, I must admit that these new additions do not make a great first impression. Some of the Bond designs used some wonderfully abstract patterns akin to those swirling designs we made as kids with Spirograph (See OHMSS and Moonraker below). They capture a certain modernity of the late 50s that I appreciate. The Thrilling Cities design below is, by contrast, strangely representative and might have been stronger pushed toward abstraction. Still, it's Ian Fleming's writing that matters here and I'm thrilled to see his books re-printed again and again! More details on Amazon here. You can see our post about the new UK editions of these books here.
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