Published on March 17th, 2020 | by Sam Rose
Royal Mail Go Undercover with the James Bond Special Stamps Issue – Out Now!
March will see Royal Mail celebrate 25 cinematic releases featuring 007 with the James Bond Special Stamps Issue!
In celebration of the 25th James Bond film due for release in November, the latest addition to Royal Mail’s Special Stamps Calendar for 2020 will be an official James Bond Special Stamps issue!
The Bond films have been established as the longest running film series in cinema history, with the iconic James Bond known all across the world.
Not only providing thrilling action sequences and dare-devil stunts, the James Bond films are also renowned for their musical accompaniment, with many of the themes used for each of the films going onto receive Academy Award nominations on several occasions and two award wins.
Some of the other elements commonly found throughout the James Bond film franchise are Bond’s exotic selection of cars and his selection of unique gadgets and weapons, all supplied by the Q Branch who are a focus of the Miniature Sheet within this issue.
This spectacular six stamps set features all six memorable actors who have gone on to make the James Bond role their own, from Sean Connery to the most current Bond, Daniel Craig.
Additionally, each stamp takes inspiration from the six noted James Bond films, with each striking design paying the ultimate tribute to the classic opening sequences of each film.
James Bond Special Stamps
1st Class – Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale
The first film of the James Bond franchise to feature actor Daniel Craig, 2006’s Casino Royale reimagines a much harder-edged 007 in a nod to Ian Fleming’s first novel of the same name.
Having just earned his 00 status and a set of lethal conflict solving skills, Bond sets out to foil the ruthless Le Chiffre, who is known for using terror attacks in order to manipulate the stock market to his will.
A jaw-dropping finale soon follows and concludes with a dramatic and tragic event that turns Bond’s world upside down.
1st Class – Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye
Whilst still involved in the production process, Cubby Broccoli passes on his main producing responsibilities to his son and daughter, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for 1995’s Goldeneye.
A new Bond in Pierce Brosnan and a Female M played by Dame Judi Dench take the stage in order to stop the nefarious plans of a former agent, 006, who is threatening the world with a dangerous new space weapon known as Goldeneye.
1st Class – Timothy Dalton as James Bond in The Living Daylights
Making his debut as the new Bond, Timothy Dalton begins his tenure as the secret agent in a thrilling and lightning paced adventure in 1987’s The Living Daylights.
The story of the film drew inspiration from the real life East-West defections and conflict happening in Afghanistan at the time.
Bond’s mission soon sees him on a collision course with the ambitious Soviet General Georgi Koskov and a rogue arms dealer named Brad Whitaker.
£1.60 – Roger Moore as James Bond in Live and Let Die
Roger Moore steps into the shoes of Bond for the first time for 1973’s Live and Let Die, in which he must travel to Harlem, New Orleans and the Caribbean in order to gather intel and put a stop to the mysterious Dr Kananga.
Preparing to flood the USA with a mass of free harmful drugs, Dr Kananga must be thwarted by Bond during scenes which include an ancient voodoo ritual and a world-record breaking speedboat stunt jump.
£1.60 – George Lazenby as James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service marks the first and only appearance of George Lazenby portraying James Bond, joined by Diana Rigg who takes up the role of the adventurous Tracy Di Vicenzo.
The story is set at the pivotal point of Bond being set to marry, with the evil SPECTRE organization lurking in the background, plotting to blackmail world powers with threats of biological warfare.
Culminating in an epic showdown between Bond and lead villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the closing events of the film take a sorrowful turn during Bond’s wedding day.
£1.60 – Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger
The ultra-sleek and stylish Aston Martin DB5 stars alongside a Bond portrayed by Sean Connery in 1964’s Goldfinger.
Attempting to track down an infamous gold smuggler known as Auric Goldfinger, Bond must avoid the danger presented by the sinister Oddjob and a terrifying laser beam in a bid to foil the heinous attempts of Goldfinger to completely render Fort Knox worthless.
Explore the World of Espionage with the James Bond Presentation Pack
In addition to these six sleek special stamp designs based on the legendary James Bond film franchise, there is an extensive range of officially licensed James Bond products and collectibles, including a James Bond Presentation Pack.
This carefully curated package delves further into the world of Bond, helping to explore his relationships with key foes and allies.
It also includes collective overviews of each film and the key themes behind them, including the brand-new James Bond film to be released this November, No Time To Die.
Supplied in this pack are all six special stamps from the issue and the Miniature Sheet along with a specially designed carrier card containing details on the ever-elusive Q and his relationship with Bond.
Other collectibles included as part of the James Bond issue are:
• A Collectors Sheet featuring 3 x 1st Daniel Craig stamps, 3x £1.60 Sean Connery stamps, 1 x 1st Pierce Brosnan stamp, 1 x 1st Timothy Dalton stamp, 1 x £1.60 Roger Moore stamp and 1 x £1.60 George Lazenby stamp, accompanied each by a sticker based on an iconic moment and vehicle from the films.
• A Miniature Sheet celebrating some of Q Branch’s most well-known gadgets in a set of 4 stamps, centering around an illustration of the famous Aston Martin DB5. Additionally, shine the sheet under a UV light to reveal some hidden facts and specs about his gadgets.
• A Prestige Stamp Book containing 24 pages packed full of Bond facts and behind-the-scenes insight into the filmmakers, stunts, supporting cast and more along with all six James Bond stamps, the Q Branch Miniature Sheet and a definite pane of stamps listing the title and year of release for all 24 James Bond films.
• A Set of 11 Stamp Cards featuring an enlargement of each stamp in the James Bond set, along with the gadget stamps from the Miniature Sheet and a composite image of the Miniature Sheet.
• A Selection of Framed Stamps including:
– Framed Collectors Sheet
– Framed Stamps Set (featuring all six James Bond stamps)
– Framed Miniature Sheet
– Enlarged framed print of Daniel Craig stamp (from Casino Royale)
– Enlarged framed print of Pierce Brosnan stamp (from Goldeneye)
– Enlarged framed print of Sean Connery stamp (from Goldfinger)
– Enlarged framed print of Timothy Dalton stamp (from The Living Daylights)
– Enlarged framed print of George Lazenby stamp (from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
– Enlarged framed print of Roger Moore stamp (from Live And Let Die)
All presented in a black ash frame.