007 collector, author John Griswold dies

Cover to Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories

Cover to Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories by John Griswold

John Griswold, who amassed a large collection of James Bond items and wrote a book about the literary 007, died on Sunday.

Griswold, 65, wrote Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories , published in 2006, which analyzed Fleming’s 007 works.

Griswold also put together a Bond collection that included, among other things, a Mort Drucker illustration of Fleming; Drucker artwork for a Mad magazine parody of the first eight 007 films; Robert McGinnis artwork for Bond movie posters; and a first-edition copy of the Casino Royale novel.

The collector suffered from Alzheimer’s and his collection was put up for auction in 2010.  The blog was informed about Griswold’s passing by collector Gary J. Firuta, who assisted with the 2010 Griswold auction.

Griswold’s 2006 book can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Attention James Bond collectors! Break out your checkbook…

Stephen Lane’s The Prop Store of London, which sells motion picture props, costumes, and other memorabilia, is running a “Bond Week” sale, with more than 150 props and other artifacts from the 007 movies. It began March 23, but there still appears to be a number of items as yet unsold.

casinoroyale-cardbox1The relevance of items offered runs from WOW! to HUH?, and the prices run from NOT TOO BAD, I CAN HANDLE THAT to OUCH! Of course, in the world of collecting, everything is subjective. We like this particular item — a Casino Royale pack of playing cards — which is reasonably priced and very very cool. All items purchased from The Prop Store of London are exhaustively researched as to their provenance, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

So cash in whatever worthless stocks you still have, raid your 401(k), or arranged to sell your firstborn, and head over to their website to do some serious shopping. Tell ’em HMSS sent you!

“The Rarest Of the Rare”

golden-gunIf, during these terrific economic times, you’ve got an extra fifteen-and-a-half thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, then Bauman Rare Books has got just the item for you.

“THE RAREST, BY FAR, OF THE BOND BOOKS” is the 1965 Jonathan Cape first issue of Ian Fleming’s The Man with the Golden Gun, with a gilt-embossed golden gun on the front of the binding. “Octavo, original gilt-stamped black cloth, patterned endpapers, original dust jacket… housed in a a custom clamshell box.”

High production costs for this particular edition led Cape to switch to an edition without the gilt-stamped gun. They have no record of how many copies were produced with the gun; expert’s estimates are less than 300. This is most likely something you’re not going to stumble over at your local swap meet, or at your neighbor’s garage sale.

The complete details can be found RIGHT HERE, as well as your opportunity to place your order for it. Bauman has a nice collection of rare and first edition Fleming; as well as, no doubt, some other authors, if anybody cares.

So, wax up your credit card and pay them a visit. Tell ’em HMSS sent you; they’ll no doubt be impressed.