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It may be early, but we’re always up for a little Bond.

Celebrating the author’s 100th birthday—which is coming up next Wednesday—Penguin is revamping their catalog of Fleming-era Bond novels with new editions and, best of all, new covers. The striking images come courtesy of San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette, who makes appropriately sensual use of watercolor. The type and colors do a good job of replicated the 60s milieu, while the women remind us of the books’ central appeal.

It’s something of a leap for the Bond books, which were relegated to pulp on their first publication. But as belts get tighter at publishing houses—and the highbrow crowd becomes more forgiving towards genre fiction—it’s finally possible for our man James to get a fair shake. You can see the full set of covers here.

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—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom