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TASCHEN announces James Bond. Dr. No Collector's Edition and Art Editions

07 February, 2024

TASCHEN has announced James Bond. Dr. No, the most complete account of the making of the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962).

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No

The impressive book will be released in three editions:

  • Art Edition No. 1 - 250 ‘Bond, James Bond’
  • Art Edition No. 251 - 500 ‘Publicity Portrait’
  • Collector's Edition 501 - 1962

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No hardcover close

The book is written by film historian Paul Duncan who also created the TASCHEN James Bond Archives and other film-related TASCHEN works The Star Wars Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir, and Horror Cinema, as well as publications on film directors, film genres, and movie stars.

 

TASCHEN James Bond. Dr. No

“Bond, James Bond.” Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in Dr. No, the world’s most famous secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This fearless, peerless and impeccably British character, created in 1953 by Ian Fleming, has starred in twenty-five EON-produced films, played by six different actors over seven decades. And still the franchise continues.

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No spread

To tell the full story of how it all began, EON Productions opened its archives of photos, designs, and production materials to TASCHEN. The result is this remarkable account of the making of Dr. No, Bond’s first film outing: a beautiful volume that includes a treasure trove of words and pictures, many of which have never been seen before.

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No unseen photos

Access to EON’s James Bond archives was completely unrestricted, so this book is the most comprehensive account of one of the most iconic films the world has ever seen. Step inside the pages to find the true inside story and outstanding insights into the personalities and processes behind the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history.

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No companion edition

You can closely follow the making of the film through a day-by-day account of what took place, which scenes were shot and who made the decisions that shaped the story and characters as it was filmed. Among the 1007 images, you’ll see many rare and previously unpublished stills and on-set shots from photographers such as Bert Cann, Bunny Yaeger and Bradley Smith, as well as memos, documents, posters, and production designs.

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No posters

And the behind-the-scenes stories paint their own pictures too, told by the people who were there. From producers Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to director Terence Young and production designer Ken Adam, as well as the cast, the crew, writers and stuntmen, these personal narratives invite readers back in time and on to the film set itself.

For any fan, it’s a fantastic insight into how the Bond cinematic world was born – and its comprehensive coverage of the filming experience which will grip you from the first page.

TASCHEN James Bond Dr No hardcover

Hardcover in slipcase, 11.4 x 17.3 in. (29 x 44cm), 13.19 lb, 492 pages

 

James Bond. Dr. No. Art Edition No. 1–250 ‘Bond, James Bond’, 1962

This Art Edition comes with a framed ChromaLuxe Print, 1962 by Bert Cann. As James Bond (Sean Connery) deals a card to Sylvia Trench, he says: “It looks like you are out to get me.” “It’s an idea at that,” she replies. This set photo was taken on March 5, 1962.

James Bond Dr No Art Edition No 1 250 Bond James Bond 1962

The print is a Dye sublimation print on a ChromaLuxe aluminum panel with a floating frame, ready to hang, 21.3 x 21.3 inch (54x54cm).
Hardcover in slipcase, 11.4 x 17.3 in. (29 x 44cm), 492 pages.

£1500 / $1750 Order at TASCHEN

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James Bond. Dr. No. Art Edition No. 251–500 ‘Publicity Portrait’, 1962

This Art Edition comes with a framed ChromaLuxe Print Publicity Portrait, 1962 by Bert Cann. Ian Fleming described James Bond as a blunt instrument wielded by a Government Department, epitomised in this portrait of Sean Connery taken on April 5, 1962.

James Bond Dr No Art Edition No 251 - 500 Publicity 1962

The print is a Dye sublimation print on a ChromaLuxe aluminum panel with a floating frame, ready to hang, 21.3 x 21.3 inch (54 x 54cm).
Hardcover in slipcase, 11.4 x 17.3 in., 492 pages.

£1500 / $1750 Order at TASCHEN

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James Bond. Dr. No Collector’s Edition (No. 501–1,962)

This stunning and incredibly detailed work is the ultimate companion to the making of Dr. No (1962), the film that first introduced the cinematic 007 to the world. With more than a thousand images and featuring the stories of cast and crew members.

James Bond Dr No Art Edition No 501 1962 Collectors Edition

Collector’s Edition (No. 501–1,962), each copy numbered. Edition of 1,462. Hardcover in slipcase, 11.4 x 17.3 in., 492 pages

£750 / $850 Order at TASCHEN or at UNCRATE

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Comments

Interested in the “Collector’s Edition” but see that the preorder option has disappeared on the Taschen site, and the edition is “Currently not available.” Seems unlikely it sold out so quickly, and the site would surely say if it had. The book looks beautiful, but even the Collector’s Edition is very expensive. Is Taschen likely to release an unnumbered edition without slip case in due course?

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