The James Bond Archives From Taschen

If your a bond fan and are looking for something to mark the 50th anniversary of the film franchise but don’t want to shell out several thousand dollars on a watch or luggage consider The James Bond Archives from Taschen.

EON Productions has opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation. The result is the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Skyfall (2012).

As with many of the books Taschen produces, there is more than one edition, in this case it’s three. All editions are 16.2 x 11.8 in. in size and total 600 pages. The standard edition of this tome will set you back $200.00 while either of the two limited edition ring in at $1000.00.

The limited edition run is divided into Edition A (No. 1–250) and Edition B (No. 251–500). Both are leather volumes and have been signed by Daniel Craig. However, Edition A includes a pigment print of a set design drawing for Goldfinger (1964) signed by Sir Ken Adam, the man who conceived the legendary 1960s and 1970s Bond sets while Edition B includes a pigment print of a set design drawing for You Only Live Twice (1967)  also signed by Sir Ken Adam.

The release date of all editions will be in November of 2012.


Joseph Fields