The Folio Society continues their beautifully illustrated reproductions of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels with Dr No. The third in The Folio Society’s best-selling James Bond series, Dr No once more features the talents of Fay Dalton, who has provided seven images and a stunning slipcase portraying the unforgettable Honeychile Rider.
With a torture-loving villain, a feisty female lead and death-defying feats, including a battle with a giant squid, Dr No sees Fleming revelling in the dramatic appeal of his indestructible hero. Having recently recovered from his near-fatal poisoning at the end of From Russia with Love, Bond is sent to Jamaica for a working holiday. To his annoyance, his mission – to investigate the disappearance of two fellow MI6 operatives – sounds ‘rather like the soft life’. But the elegant Strangways and his pretty young colleague have not eloped, as M believes. Dispatched by sinister assassins, their bodies lie in a single coffin at the bottom of the Mona Reservoir. And so Bond enters an exotic and perilous world, manipulated by the sadistic Dr Julius No from the desolate Crab Key island.
Fay Dalton is a London-based illustrator. She has a first-class degree in Illustration and was the winner of the 2010 Pickled Ink Award for illustration. Fay combines traditional drawing and painting methods with digital painting. She has also illustrated Casino Royale (2015) and From Russia with Love (2016) for The Folio Society.
The presentation of the book, from the artwork on the case, to the printing on the spine, is lovely.
Having read the James Bond books when I was a child I was eager to see the illustrations from Fay Dalton and how well they integrated into the story, and I wasn’t disappointed. The illustrations are amazing and really help to bring certain scenes to life.
If you are a fan of James Bond books, this one is a must for your collection. I look forward to getting both Casino Royale and From Russia With Love to see how Fay Dalton has illustrated them.
Available now from the Folio Society priced £34.95.