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The Folio Society's illustrated edition of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

19 October, 2020

The Folio Society has released TWO illustrated Ian Fleming novels: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Fleming's only children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with original artwork.

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Folio Society has released two great new books to add to the beautiful Ian Fleming Collection.
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

This 10th title in the 007 collectors’ series, the luxurious On Her Majesty's Secret Service edition, features once again original illustrations and a pictorial slipcase by acclaimed illustrator Fay Dalton.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Ian Fleming Folio Society cover

In the tenth volume in The Folio Society’s endlessly popular James Bond collection, Fleming sweeps the reader up into the thin and dangerous atmosphere of the Alps in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Bond and his enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld come face to face for the first time in this second book in the ‘Blofeld trilogy’ – with explosive results.

Available at FolioSociety.com

Artist Fay Dalton continues her brilliant work on the series, bringing us a vision of Bond that captures all the glamour and the grit of Fleming’s world with seven full-page colour illustrations. Tracy, the woman who wins Bond’s heart by recklessly outdriving him, sizzles on the page, while the sinister Blofeld oozes menace. The elegantly understated binding design nods to both the location of Bond’s latest adventure, and the agent’s love of smart suits.

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Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond has been chasing rumours of his nemesis all over Europe, when information from an unexpected source exposes his prey at last; Blofeld has alighted in the icy peaks of the Alps. Inside Blofeld’s exclusive ski resort and research station, Bond finds a number of beautiful young British girls, all hoping to have their allergies cured by a series of unorthodox treatments. Can it be true that Blofeld has dedicated his life to benign scientific pursuits? Bond thinks not, but it will take every inch of his cunning and skill to find out. After all, there are many ways to die at 10,000 feet.

James Bond On Her Majesty's Secret Service Folio Society book illustration

Illustration ©2020 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Fay Dalton’s atmospheric artwork continues to bring exquisite glamour and tension to the page of every volume. This edition features a series of daring illustrations that range from Michel and Bond’s romantic encounters to the blazing fire at Mr. Sanguinetti’s motel.

Book details
- Bound in blocked cloth
- Set in Miller Text with Folio Bond Condensed as display
- 272 pages
- 7 full-page colour illustrations
- Pictorial slipcase
- 9" x 6¼"
- Price: UK £36.95 | US $62.95 | Can $72.95 | Aus $82.95

Earlier titles in this series are Casino RoyaleFrom Russia With Love, Dr NoMoonrakerGoldfingerDiamonds Are ForeverThunderball, Live And Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me.

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The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service, illustrated by Fay Dalton, is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com (£37.95 / $64.95).

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Ian Fleming only wrote one children’s book and it became one of the best loved in Britain and beyond.

This beautiful new edition from Folio Society pays homage to Fleming’s brilliant creation and includes every one of John Burningham’s unforgettable illustrations from the first editions.


© John Burningham 1964 from The Folio Society 2020 edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

John Burningham’s first children’s book had just been awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal when his publisher Jonathan Cape was looking for an illustrator for Fleming’s story. Burningham’s unique style – a blend of realism, charm and wit – got him the commission, and his brilliant interpretations of Fleming’s fantastical adventures are now so closely associated with the text that his is the only artwork Folio considered using in this unique collector’s edition.

Every original illustration has been beautifully reproduced, in full colour wherever possible, and they are integrated for a truly immersive reading experience. Burningham’s drawings also appear on the endpapers, while the binding features his portrait of the flying car.

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© John Burningham 1964 from The Folio Society 2020 edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang began long before the publication of the book, and Fergus Fleming brilliantly describes how it came together. Despite being a best-selling author, Ian Fleming was a novice children’s writer when he had the idea for the story. He loved blending fact and fiction in his work so the magical car was based on a real-life series of racing cars with almost the same name.

The Afterword is illustrated with black-and-white photographs, previously unpublished Burningham sketches and the original designs for Chitty, produced by automotive engineer Amherst Villiers.

Who couldn’t fail to fall in love with the antics of a decrepit ex-racing car saved from the wrecker’s yard and restored into a beautiful automobile with magical powers?

The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, including a new afterword by Fergus Fleming and original illustrations by John Burningham, is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com.


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