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#1 [dark]

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 05:46 AM

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The Richie Fahey CBn Interview
CBn talks to the artist responsible for bringing Bond back to the 1950s


#2 Spoon

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 05:58 AM

Excellent interview, and fantastic covers done by Mr. Fahey! They really are perfect.

#3 James Boldman

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 11:36 AM

Yes, nice interview, CBn. :)

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 12:14 PM

Excellent interview. Nice to hear about the background to the covers...another cool scoop for CBn. Also cool that he acknowledged one of the sources for his research :) I had an email from Jeff some time ago but had forgotten about it :)

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 04:29 PM

Great interview Matt! (And a great layout, Mr. Asterix.) Very interesting stuff. I love these covers. I'm encouraged that it was the Fleming Estate who encouraged this "reto" approach, but they also sound like a typical board of "suits." "No nudity!"....then, "Where's the nudity?" LOL.

How cool he used Red's site as reference! :)

I would love to see his original, full cover for Thunderball. Here's the back cover art he's referring too.

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Congrats again Matt. Another terrific CBn Interview.

#6 Qwerty

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 08:22 PM

Very nice job.

I am glad those points were brought up about the Thunderball cover and the On Her Majesty's Secret Service cover font.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 02:21 AM

Many thanks Matt for a great interview with Richie Fahey. :)

I was very surprised to hear that Ian Fleming Publications/Estate was disappointed with Fahey's cover design for Casino Royale. It seems that IFP/E objected to the Fahey's 1950's pulp style. Is it possible that IFP/E was taken aback because they felt that the Fleming novels were more sophisticated than typical pulp fiction of the era?

I don't quite understand why IFP/E thinks so highly of the covers of the UK Penguin Modern Classics editions. Although they are clean in design, they seem rather dull to me.

Fahey covers seem to promise more adventure, suspense, danger, and sex and illustrate many of the themes or events in the books. Something that the UK Penguin Moden Classics edition covers don't do.

I'm certainly not very enthusiastic about the abstract photographic images created by Toby McFarlan Pond for the 2002 Penguin paperback editions as well.

Is IFP/E moving the James Bond literary series in the wrong direction trying to make the Fleming books more sophisticated than they really are? Although Fleming is an excellent writer, shouldn't the James Bond books be shelved with the pulp thrillers of the era, instead of the literary classics?

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 02:26 AM

Fahey covers seem to promise more adventure, suspense, danger, and sex and illustrate many of the themes or events in the books. Something that the UK Penguin Moden Classics edition covers don't do.

I agree. While I'd still like to collect both versions, the US covers are the ones that I would choose firstly being presented both.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 03:01 AM

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Is IFP/E moving the James Bond literary series in the wrong direction trying to make the Fleming books more sophisticated than they really are? Although Fleming is an excellent writer, shouldn't the James Bond books be shelved with the pulp thrillers of the era, instead of the literary classics?

Perhaps Fleming belongs in his own category: Pulp Literature.

(You heard it here first. :) )


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Posted 09 September 2004 - 06:42 AM

This is seriously a cool interview! I've always loved the artwork on these covers in particular (I may be more engrossed in 007 book cover art than I am what

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 10:57 AM

Great interview Matt! (And a great layout, Mr. Asterix.) Very interesting stuff. I love these covers. I'm encouraged that it was the Fleming Estate who encouraged this "reto" approach, but they also sound like a typical board of "suits." "No nudity!"....then, "Where's the nudity?" LOL.

How cool he used Red's site as reference! :)

I would love to see his original, full cover for Thunderball. Here's the back cover art he's referring too.

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Congrats again Matt. Another terrific CBn Interview.

Rather similar to the Signet cover if I recall correctly.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 02:13 PM

Many thanks for the kind words, folks! :)

It's always great to get Bond info straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 07:47 PM

Wonderful images, although I still have my reservations as whether they are too American for a British series. I sort of still prefer the UK editions- very classy and much simpler.

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 06:23 AM

the interviews cbn does are always high quality. thank you for another one. i did not know anything about this artist or his art. now i am informed. :)

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 01:27 PM

Cheers, Xenia's Ferrari. It was a pleasure to put it together. :)

#16 Byron

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 01:12 AM

Is any of the concept art (eg nude versions of the covers) available to view anywhere?

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 02:33 AM

Is any of the concept art (eg nude versions of the covers) available to view anywhere?

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I've seen nothing besides the covers themselves on any sites that include these newer Bond covers.

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 01:24 AM

That was a really neat interview. I guess I never realized that those were actually photographs. I always assumed that they were paintings. Well, that explains the amazing detail on the Kalashnikov on the Octopussy cover. Now if only it wasn't reversed. :)

Edited by Kilroy6644, 11 September 2006 - 01:24 AM.


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 01:29 AM

That was a really neat interview. I guess I never realized that those were actually photographs. I always assumed that they were paintings. Well, that explains the amazing detail on the Kalashnikov on the Octopussy cover. Now if only it wasn't reversed. :P

Wotcha doin' over here, ya bloody traitor. ROFLMAO.

Great to see you here, Bud. :)

Kilroy is my right-hand man at nearly all my domains. Cannot blame him really. Have tied him down, and one of his own guns are pointed at his crotch. LOL.

Great to see you here, my friend. :P

Okay. Back to The Richie Fahey Interview.

Cheers,


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 01:57 AM

Yeah, I've been here about a week and a half. I like it. :)

You may have one of my own guns pointed at my crotch, but I think you've failed to take into account how much I love my guns.... :P

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 02:06 AM

Yeah, I've been here about a week and a half. I like it. :)

I knew you would, my friend. :P

You may have one of my own guns pointed at my crotch, but I think you've failed to take into account how much I love my guns.... :P

ROFLMAO. "Why don't you loosen you're bullets". :)

Hey. Wonder if we can get the rest of the gang here. Where JBJ these days?.

Ciao.


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 02:15 AM

Hey. Wonder if we can get the rest of the gang here. Where JBJ these days?.

I don't know. I haven't heard from him in months. It sure would be great to have the old gang back together.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 08:03 AM

Is IFP/E moving the James Bond literary series in the wrong direction trying to make the Fleming books more sophisticated than they really are? Although Fleming is an excellent writer, shouldn't the James Bond books be shelved with the pulp thrillers of the era, instead of the literary classics?


I see no reason they can't be both - 'pulp' is a genre, which is only a categorical term, and has no bearing on the book's shelf life as 'literary classics,' which is a qualifier.

There's no reason the novels can't be marketed both ways, and if there is a problem, it's not with the approach, but with the execution.

Edited by Superhobo, 07 December 2008 - 08:08 AM.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 11:38 PM

I can't find the interview on the site at all. I click on links and get nothing.

 

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 10:40 PM

Here you go. Formatting is a bit wonky and the images appear to be AWOL, but the interview itself is completely in tact,

http://commanderbond...-interview.html

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:01 PM

Thank you Commander RNVR.

 

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