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  6 August 2014  

Guernsey Post celebrates Ian Fleming's life on stamps

Ian Fleming

The life of James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, has been celebrated in a set of stamps and limited edition items released by Guernsey Post, to celebrate 50 years following his death on August 12 1964.

At the outbreak of World War II, at the age of 31, Ian Lancaster Fleming was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander RNVR in the Naval Intelligence Division (NID) as Personal Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral John Godfrey. A key member of NID 17, he played a critical role in coordinating special intelligence to ensure the smooth running of the British and Allied war machine.

It was his wartime experiences that were to provide many of the characters and themes that he was to write about later in his James Bond adventures.

Fleming’s first Bond novel CASINO ROYALE, published in 1953, received favourable reviews. FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, the fifth Bond novel, is considered a turning point in his literary career. The book won over readers and critics alike with its convincing insight into the world of Soviet espionage, and showing a more rounded James Bond.

Sadly, Fleming had his first major heart attack in 1962, and during his recovery, he wrote a story for his young son, Caspar, which told of the adventures of a family and their magical car. He named it Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Did you know?
• Fleming only lived to see two Bond films – Dr. No and From Russia with Love
Admiral Godfrey is generally considered to be the inspiration for the character M.
• He has a golf handicap of 9, the same as his creator Ian Fleming
• Fleming owned a distinguished book collection, which now belongs to Indiana University

Gold Replica Miniature sheet
Gold Replica Miniature sheet

This miniature sheet is produced in 24 carat gold (99.99% pure) and sealed in acrylic crystal. It comes in an attractive black presentation box and would make a beautiful gift for someone special or a wonderful addition to a collection of Fleming memorabilia!

This is a strictly limited edition product; only 500 have been produced and each gold foil sheet is numbered so be sure to order yours today.

Acrylic stand size: 180mm wide x 100mm deep

Gold Replica Sheet size: 116mm wide x 92mm deep

Purchase now £95.00 (+£8 P&P)

Imperforate Press Sheet
Imperforate Press Sheet

Imperforate sheets are produced as proofs when printing stamps. These are genuine imperforate proofs of the miniature sheet and only 250 are available. They are supplied in an attractive red tube which can be used for storage if required, and they come with a numbered authenticity certificate.

This is not available on standing order and will need to be ordered separately.

Purchase now £26.00 (+£4 P&P)

Sheets of 10
Sheets of 10

Some of our stamp issues are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer’s information and ‘traffic lights

Purchase now £37.30

Miniature Sheet

Miniature Sheet

£3 - Motor Enthusiast

A small sheet containing one stamp set against an illustrated background.

Purchase now £3.00

Miniature Sheet Presentation Pack
Miniature Sheet Presentation Pack

A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is attached a cover incorporating details of subject matter and specifications, the pack fits our own special ring binder.

Purchase now £3.90

Presentation Pack
Presentation Pack

A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is attached a cover incorporating details of subject matter and specifications, the pack fits our own special ring binder.

Purchase now £4.63
 

Miniature Sheet First Day Cover

Miniature Sheet First Day Cover

The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pictorial first day cancellation.

Cancelled to Order stamps (CTO) have been cancelled or affixed to something.

Purchase now £4.20

First Day Cover

The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pictorial first day cancellation.

Cancelled to Order stamps (CTO) have been cancelled or affixed to something.

Purchase now £4.93

Set of 6 stamps
Set of 6 stamps

41p - Naval Intelligence
54p - A Man of the World
55p - Jamaica
66p - Family Man
74p – Creator of James Bond
83p - Journalist

Our sets are supplied in a robust glassine bag. You may decide to place the stamps in a special album in order to preserve their mint condition.

Mint stamps (otherwise known as unused) have never been cancelled or affixed to anything. They will be in the same pristine condition as they were when they left the printer.

Purchase now £3.73


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