The first edition of Ian Fleming’s 007 debut novel, Casino Royale, will sell for £ 95k

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Go, go … Bond! The first edition of Ian Fleming’s 007 debut novel, Casino Royale, will sell for £ 95k

  • A signed copy of Casino Royale in the first edition is tipped to sell for £ 95,000
  • Author Ian Fleming gave it to Anthony Kemsley with an inscription
  • Only 4,760 copies of the first edition of the book were ever printed

A signed copy in the first edition of the James Bond novel Casino Royale is tipped to sell for £ 95,000.

Author Ian Fleming gave it to Anthony Kemsley whose father, his former boss Viscount Kemsley, had given him time to write.

The creator of 007 worked as a foreign news manager for Kemsley Newspapers.

A signed copy in the first edition of the James Bond novel Casino Royale is tipped to sell for £ 95,000

A signed copy in the first edition of the James Bond novel Casino Royale is tipped to sell for £ 95,000

But his contract stipulated that he could be off every January and February to write in Goldeneye, his Jamaican home.

After completing his first Bond novel in 1953, Fleming sent Anthony the copy with the inscription: ‘To Tony, Read & Burn, Ian’.

Only 4,760 copies of the first edition of the book, which became Daniel Craig’s 2006 Bond debut, were printed. This copy comes in the original heart-covered dust jacket.

Pom Harrington, of Peter Harrington, a London-based rare book dealer, said: “Autographed and inscribed copies of Fleming’s first Bond novel are highly coveted in their own right.

“In this case, the association is particularly charming and shows a relationship essential to the character’s creation and his lasting legacy.”

Casino Royale was adapted into a movie in 2006 starring Daniel Craig as Bond.

In all, Fleming wrote 14 Bond books that sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

Fleming died in 1964.

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