The Folio Society

I recently purchased the Casino Royale, FRWL, and Dr. No. hardcover editions and they’re simply beautiful books. Goldfinger is the recent to be released and the illustrations look glorious.


I have been hoping to get these myself at some point, was bought Neil Gaiman’s American Gods with art by Dave McKean, about a year or so ago (my favourite book and I have an awesome partner) and the quality of the books is incredible.

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I was browsing at other books myself and was surprised how steep the prices were. The Count of Monte Cristo is priced at U.S $290.

Just because that one is out of print

I’ve got the Bond’s thus far and am greatly impressed. These are going to be my master set to have. The artwork alone is epic.

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“Diamonds” gets the folio treatment.


Thunderball has now been added to the collection

So, for anyone wanting to collect them…

Should say, I posted them in reading order, they havn’t been adapted in that order.

Live and Let Die has been released, bringing the total number of Folio Fleming’s to 8…


Looks interesting; if only I had the place these would make a fine half-metre of shelfspace.

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Another day, another Bond item;

The Spy Who Loved Me joins The Folio Society collection.

So that’s 9 of Fleming’s Bond now available through the Folio Society.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service joins the set.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is also now available.

Edit: the full collection for those who may be trying to collect the whole set. With only the final two novels and 2 short story collections left, I’d be surprised if The Folio Society didn’t have a collected edition at some point in the future.


Just TMWTGG and the short stories left.


Looks lovely.

I’m going to read all the Bond books later in the year.

Right now I’d rank them like this:

  1. You Only Live Twice
  2. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  3. From Russia With Love
  4. Casino Royale
  5. Doctor No
  6. Thunderball
  7. Moonraker
  8. Goldfinger
  9. Live and Let Die
  10. For Your Eyes Only
  11. Octopussy and the Living Daylights
  12. Diamonds Are Forever
  13. The Man With The Golden Gun
  14. The Spy Who Loved Me

Will be interesting to see if this ranking holds true.


Re read them during the first lockdown.

I ranked as follows

  1. From Russia With Love.
  2. Moonraker
  3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  4. Casino Royale.
  5. For Your Eyes Only
  6. Thunderball
  7. You Only Live Twice
  8. Doctor No
  9. Goldfinger
  10. Octopussy And The Living Daylights
  11. The Man With The Golden Gun
  12. Diamonds Are Forever
  13. Live And Let Die
  14. The Spy Who Loved Me.

Oddly hard to do

  • From Russia With Love
  • Casino Royale
  • Goldfinger
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Thunderball
  • Dr No
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Man With The Golden Gun
  • Moonraker
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Octopussy & The Living Daylights
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Live and Let Die

I’ve owned the Richard Fayey paperback editions for the longest time, and they look great. But I think it’s time for an upgrade. The Folio Society editions are worthy of receiving that honour. The artwork is simply divine and brings the books to life in a whole new way. Each book is expensive, but I really want to get the whole set. Fingers crossed they announce The Man With The Golden Gun and the short stories in the near future. I see no reason why they wouldn’t.

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With only 3 books left (only 1 being a novel) I imagine we’ll get TMWTGG this time next year and short stories not long after

A ranking? Wonderful - here’s mine:

  1. From Russia With Love
  2. Doctor No
  3. Casino Royale
  4. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  5. You Only Live Twice
  6. Moonraker
  7. Thunderball
  8. Goldfinger
  9. The Man With The Golden Gun
  10. Live And Let Die
  11. The Spy Who Loved Me
  12. Diamonds Are Forever
  13. For Your Eyes Only
  14. Octopussy And The Living Daylights

Sounds about right. In comparison, I’m unsure if Dynamite will complete their graphic novel collection. Even if they do, it’s going to take a long time.