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    Ian Fleming. From Russia, With Love. London: Jonathan Cape, [1957]. First edition, first impression, Binding A. Signed and inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper recto, "To Dan / from / Ian Fleming." Octavo. Publisher's pictorial black Fabroleen cloth (Type A) stamped in silver and metallic red, spine lettered in silver and metallic red; original illustrated dust jacket by Richard Chopping. Head and foot of spine just pushed, lightly rubbed. Head and foot of spine just pushed, upper board discreetly creased with corresponding tear to the front pastedown, repaired. White endpapers; hinges starting, light foxing, effaced pencil notations to the front pastedown. Internally clean, all edges trimmed; minor foxing to margins and edges, text block edges toned with minor wear. Dust jacket price clipped; minor edgewear, spine and top edge lightly sunned, creased along folds, small holes and minor creasing from removed staples to both flaps. Housed in custom clamshell case by the Heritage Bindery; quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt with five raised bands. Very good.

    Considered by Fleming to be one of his best books and listed in Life magazine as one of US President John F. Kennedy's top ten favorite books, From Russia With Love was inevitably a keen target for movie adaptation. The story arrived on the silver screen in 1963, the second in the Eon Productions James Bond series, directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery in his second adventure as 007. Highlighted before as one of President Kennedy's favorite books, it was notably also the last film he watched in the White House on 20 November 1963, before his calamitous trip to Dallas. This adaptation also introduced a number of tropes that would become iconic to future Bond adaptions, including the pre-title sequence, theme songs with lyrics, and the line "James Bond will return/be back" in the credits, among others.

    Gilbert A5a (1.1).

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