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COLLECTING 007 – UK Hardcover Annuals and Specials
WRITTEN & COMPILED BY GRAHAM RYE & KEVIN HARPER

Sean Connery as James Bond was featured prominently in two hardcover annuals in 1963 and 1964. Film Show was published by Purnell. Ken & Sylvia Ferguson supplied the editorial, with all images coming from their extensive Photoplay picture archive.

FILM SHOW ANNUAL 1963 FILM SHOW ANNUAL 1964

FILM SHOW ANNUAL
Purnell & Sons Ltd. 1963
Hardcover 64-pages
Front cover Sophia Loren
Rear cover Robert Wagner

A profile of Sean (James Bond) Connery

FILM SHOW ANNUAL
Purnell & Sons Ltd. 1964
Hardcover 64-pages
Identical front & back cover featuring Sean Connery as James Bond (1963)

FILM SHOW ANNUAL 1964

FILM SHOW ANNUAL 1964

Although the traditional hardcover annuals available in the 1960s in the UK were firmly aimed at children, the popularity of the more adult oriented Sean Connery film series couldn’t be overlooked. In late 1965, just in time for the the Christmas market, the first James Bond 007 annual was released. EON Productions were keen to capitalize on the success of certain elements of the films that particularly appealed to a younger audience, such as the gadget-laden CORGI Aston Martin DB5, and these popular compendium annuals were as ubiquitous as a chocolate selection box underneath the Christmas tree, becoming highly collectible items in their own right. Annuals were usually issued to tie-in with popular children's comic or TV characters, but as the first three James Bond annuals were published at the height of ‘Bondmania’ in the mid-Sixties they were filled with pictures and information about the Sean Connery films, alongside other spy related picture stories and fiction. All three 1960s annuals contained many full page colour stills from the films (including deleted scenes and many not seen in any other publication), and publicity portraits of the stars. Unusually, the 1966 annual included two colour portraits of Sean Connery from The Hill (1965) directed by Sidney Lumet - a film that the target audience of this publication would not be permitted to see at the time as it was originally classified with an ‘X’ certificate by the British Board of Film Censors, which limited the audience to those over 16 years of age. The 1968 annual also reprinted the 1958 Daily Express comic strip version of LIVE AND LET DIE drawn by John McLusky. This marked the first time that the James Bond comic strip had been presented in full as a continuous story, although the panels were slightly reformatted to remove the title caption from each strip.

THE JAMES BOND 007 ANNUAL 1965

THE JAMES BOND 007 ANNUAL 1966

THE JAMES BOND 007 ANNUAL 1968

THE JAMES BOND 007 ANNUAL
World Distributors 1965
Hardcover 126-pages
Priced at 12/6
Front cover art by Walter Howarth
(1928-2008)
Rear cover art by Ronald W. Smethurst

JAMES BOND 007 ANNUAL
World Distributors 1966
Hardcover 126-pages
Priced at 12/6
Cover artist uncredited

JAMES BOND 007 ANNUAL
World Distributors 1968
Hardcover 94-pages*
Priced at 12/6
*All copies have incorrect pagination -
numbering begins on page 8

Contents  Sean Connery Colour Portraits: Spread 1  Spread 2  Spread 3
Thunderball Exclusive Colour shots:
Spread 4
Arch Enemies of 007: Spread 5  Spread 6 Bond's Beautiful Women: Spread 7 
The Amazing Aston Martin*

Contents  S.P.E.C.T.R.E.'s Man - Largo:
Spread 1Spread 2*
Portraits of Sean Connery:
Spread 1  Spread 2  The Hill (1965)
More About Bond:
Spread 1  Spread 2007 Drops In

More Scenes From Thunderball [B&W]**

Contents
The Cars of James Bond
The World of James Bond:
Spread 1Spread 2  Spread 3
LIVE AND LET DIE Comic Strip
Profiles in Villainy: Spread 1  Spread 2
Pictorial endpapers

**Some landscape-style photos were rotated to fit a full-page in the annuals, but sample pages are displayed here correctly orientated for ease of viewing.
**In the section ‘More Scenes From Thunderball (Black & White)’ there is a still showing James Bond (Sean Connery) fighting with Capungo (stuntman Alf Joint) which is actually from Goldfinger (1964), although not credited as such. Apart from The Hill (1965) this is the only still in the annual that is not from Thunderball (1965). Both the 1965 and 1968 annuals contained stills from all the James Bond films made at that point, and were always credited correctly.

Sean Connery by renowned Belgian-born photographer Robert Freson

The 1965 James Bond Annual contained a full-page colour portrait of Sean Connery [pictured left] by renowned Belgian-born photographer Robert Freson (1926- ). The image of Connery wearing a white tuxedo with a red carnation is often misidentified by picture libraries and the media as being from Goldfinger, as Bond wears a white dinner jacket and accompanying red carnation in the pre-credit sequence of the 1964 film. The photograph was taken by Freson for the June 1965 issue of Esquire magazine and clearly shows Sean Connery sporting his new-style Thunderball hairpiece.

Roger Moore was also featured on the cover and inside five editions of the PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL 1974-1980. Similar in format to the 1960s FILM SHOW annuals, the PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL/FILM YEAR BOOK was also edited by Ken Ferguson and his staff, and served as a companion to their popular monthly film magazine. The annuals had different content to the magazine, and featured articles and portraits of the stars in films released that year. The hardback annuals were published at the end of the year to take advantage of the Christmas market. The 1980 PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK had an expanded page count, but was only issued as a softcover edition.

As The Man With The Golden Gun was released in December 1974, it was too late to have a feature in the 1975 PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL, but was included in a four-page article ‘Secrets behind those big movie moments’ in the 1976 edition, which explained the background to the spectacular Astro Spriral Jump performed by Lauren “Bumps” Willert. The 1976 PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL also included a movie quiz asking readers to name the players who featured as six Bond villains. Thankfully the answers were also provided, as an unfortunate typo named the character played by Yaphet Kotto in Live And Let Die (1973) as Dr. Jakarta!!

PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL 1974

PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL 1975

PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK 1976

PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL 1974
Argus Press Ltd.
Hardcover 78-pages
Priced at 90p
The Rise And Rise Of Roger Moore
PHOTOPLAY FILM ANNUAL 1975
Argus Press Ltd.
Hardcover 78-pages
Priced at 90p
Sexy Six
Moore, Bond and Roger Spread 1  Spread 2
PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK 1976
The Illustrated Publications Co. Ltd.
Hardcover 70-pages, Priced at £1.35
Secrets behind those big
movie moments 
Spread 1  Spread 2
Screen 75  Bond villains quiz
Roger Moore as James Bond portrait

PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK 1980

PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK 1980

PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK 1978
The Illustrated Publications Co. Ltd.
Hardcover 68-pages
Priced at £1.75
The Spy Who Loved Me
A special behind-the-scenes feature
Spread 1  Spread 2  Movies ’77
PHOTOPLAY FILM YEAR BOOK 1980
The Illustrated Publications Co. Ltd.
Softcover 94-pages
Priced at £2.30
STAR FACTS Roger Moore
BOND BACK IN ACTION IN Moonraker
Spread1  Spread 2
 

Three further specials were issued in 1979, 1981 and 1983 to tie in with Roger Moore's fourth, fifth and sixth films as James Bond. Although these three annuals also featured archival James Bond/spy related content, they were aimed specifically as cross-promotion for Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Octopussy (1983). These hardcover books were issued mid-year and labelled a ‘Special’ rather than an ‘Annual’. The For Your Eyes Only special was written by entertainment journalist Tony Crawley (1938- ), with the text of ‘For Your Eyes Only - the movie’ by John Brosnan (1947-2005), author of the groundbreaking book James Bond In The Cinema (1972). The Octopussy special feature text was written by British journalist Richard Holliss, with a comic strip version of the film written by Steve Moore (1949-2014) and illustrated by comic book artist, writer and editor Paul Neary (1949-2024). The For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy specials have identical front and back covers.

MOONRAKER SPECIAL 1979

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY SPECIAL 1981

OCTOPUSSY SPECIAL 1983

JAMES BOND 007
MOONRAKER SPECIAL
World Distributors 1979
Hardcover 64-pages
Priced at £1.75

JAMES BOND 007
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY SPECIAL
Marvel Comics Group
1981
Hardcover 64-pages
Priced at £2.25

JAMES BOND 007
OCTOPUSSY SPECIAL
Marvel Comics Group
1983
Hardcover 64-pages
Priced at £2.
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Contents  Moonraker Miscellany
Ian Fleming: Creator of James Bond
Bob Simmons
From Soprano to Sergeant Major

The Making of a Movie
James Bond - Confidential File*

 

Comic spread 1  Comic spread 2
Comic spread 3  Comic spread 4
Comic spread 5  Comic spread 6

Spread 1  Spread 2  Spread 3
Spread 4  Spread 5  Spread 6

*The reproduction of James Bond's fictional Secret Service file had originally appeared in the 1968 annual.

Paul Neary original artwork Octopussy comic 1983

Paul Neary artwork finished page 1 Octopussy comic 1983

ABOVE: (left) Paul Neary's original artwork (partially inked and lettered) for the 1983 Marvel comic adaptation of Octopussy, and (right) the finished title page as it appeared in the annual.

More of Paul Neary's original artwork and finished pages:  PAGE 5  PAGE 13  PAGE 19  PAGE 24  PAGE 30  PAGE 35  PAGE 43

THE OFFICIAL JAMES BOND 007 MOVIE BOOK 1987 THE NEW OFFICIAL JAMES BOND 007 MOVIE BOOK 1989 JAMES BOND THE OFFICIAL 007 FACT FILE 1989

THE OFFICIAL JAMES BOND 007
MOVIE BOOK
Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1987
Hardcover 128-pages
Priced at £7.95
Written by Sally Hibbin

THE NEW OFFICIAL JAMES BOND 007
MOVIE BOOK
Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1989
Hardcover 128-pages
Priced at £9.95
Written by Sally Hibbin

JAMES BOND
THE OFFICIAL 007 FACT FILE
Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1989
Hardcover 62-pages
Priced at £3.99
Written by Richard Holliss

UK publishing company Hamlyn released the first official authorised James Bond book in 1987 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 007 series. Though not in the same format as the earlier children’s annuals, The Official James Bond 007 Movie Book was still targeted at a younger audience, at a time when the films themselves were trying to move away from their more humorous elements that had become popular during the Roger Moore era.

THE OFFICIAL JAMES BOND 007 MOVIE BOOK 1987 US edition

The Official James Bond 007 Movie Book 1987 Crown Publishing US edition

The Official James Bond 007 Movie Book was commissioned by EON Productions to tie in with the release of The Living Daylights starring Timothy Dalton as the new James Bond. Ironically, written by the British independent film producer Sally Hibbin (1953- ), daughter of the outspoken feminist film critic Nina Hibbin (1922-2004), who had famously slated the early James Bond films in her reviews for communist newspaper the Daily Worker. Reviewing Goldfinger, Nina Hibbin remained unimpressed by the Bond formula of “constantly lurking viciousness, and the glamorisation of violence… the carefully timed peaks of titillation and the skilfully contrived sensationalism”.

The Official James Bond 007 Movie Book was basically a film-by-film overview of the series, and although overseen by EON Productions Publicist Jerry Juroe, it contained a number of inaccuracies in the text. Released at the height of James Bond fandom in the UK, the book featured over 200 unusual and rarely-seen stills from the EON archives, and was advertised as the first and only authorized book covering all 15 films in the world's most successful movie series. The American edition from Crown Publishing had a slightly different front cover to its UK counterpart. In 1987 Hamlyn also published The Official James Bond Movie Poster Book by Sally Hibbin – a large format 48-page softcover volume featuring 20 full-page reproductions of the Bond film posters from Dr. No (1962) to The Living Daylights (1987).

The Official James Bond 007 Movie Book was updated and expanded to coincide with the release of Licence To Kill in 1989. Sally Hibbin also wrote The Making of Licence To Kill, published by Hamlyn as a paperback edition, which was the first in-depth book covering all aspects of the production of a James Bond film. In 1989 Hamlyn also published a slim hardcover overview of the James Bond films from Dr. No to Licence To Kill, featuring over 100 photographs from the films, with diagrams, quizzes and more; James Bond The Official 007 Fact File written by Richard Holliss, former editor of Starlog (UK) magazine, was still aimed at a younger audience and contained a brief overview of the films, cars, gadgets, and villains etc., and was effectively a modern replacement for the more generic original 1960s compendium annuals.

The Official James Bond Movie Book and The Official James Bond 007 Movie Poster Book

The Making of Licence To Kill

ABOVE (left) A Hamlyn poster advertising The Official James Bond Movie Book and The Official James Bond 007 Movie Poster Book [ROLLOVER], both written by Sally Hibbin. (right) The cover of the Sally Hibbin's 128-page The Making of Licence To Kill, published in softcover by Hamlyn in 1989.


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