January 21, 2014


Ian Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert sat down to chat with BBC London today. Starting in the program at the 8:35 mark, Gilbert discussed his mission to track down rare Fleming editions. Working with Adrian Harrington Books, Gilbert finds himself more and more engaged with Bond-related manuscripts, letters, and the business of helping book collectors. Interest in Fleming and 007 is ever-increasing and Gilbert's Ian Fleming: The Bibliography has quickly become the essential reference for identifying and cataloging editions. I was able to contribute some magazine syndications to the volume, and maybe we'll see Spy Vibe's discovery of a rare newspaper syndication listed in the future. Among the Holy Grails discussed, Gilbert mentions a limited-edition collection of Fleming's poetry written while at Eton called The Black Daffodil. Fleming destroyed the run and no copies are thought to exist. More below.

A number of special items have crossed Jon Gilbert's desk at Adrian Harrington, including the original typescript manuscripts for Diamonds Are Forever, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and two short stories. He talks about the movie adaptations and their relationship to the novels, as well as the enjoyment of the films on their own terms. It was no surprise that Gilbert and I share a favorite movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service- in fact, voted number-one among Bond fans by 007 Magazine. What is his favorite Bond song? Listen to the streaming broadcast on BBC London here. The show continues on the Bond-track with guests discussing favorite theme songs and movie scenes and then returns to Gilbert at the 30:00 mark with more details about the Bibliography and the movies. The interview wraps up at 35:00 to focus on caller-picks for fave Bond music and films. Spy Vibe interview with Jon Gilbert here. Spy Vibe's Ian Fleming image archive on Pinterest here. Ian Fleming: The Bibliography available here. Ian Fleming: A Catalogue here. Congrats to Jon for his Breslauer Prize! Ian Fleming collages by Spy Vibe. More below.

Recent Ian Fleming posts on Spy Vibe: Ian Fleming LettersErno Goldfinger, Ian Fleming Music Series links: Noel CowardWhispering Jack SmithHawaiian GuitarJoe Fingers Carr, new Ian Fleming CatalogJon Gilbert interview, Double 007 Designs, Bond audio book reissues, discovery of one of Ian Fleming's WWII Commandos, James Bond book covers, Ian Fleming's Playboy interview for Kindle, Spy Vibe's discovery of a rare Ian Fleming serialization, rare View to a Kill, Fleming's Royal gold typewriter, Ian Fleming's memorial address, Spy Vibe's Ian Fleming image archive.

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