In the latest blow for Daniel Craig's
first outing as Bond, the US publisher
of the Casino Royale tie-in book will not
use the any of the poster art for the book
Yet another in a long line of rejections for production tie-ins.
The Young Bond Dossier
No Poster art for U.S Casino Royale tie-in
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Penguin Books U.S. has informed The Young Bond Dossier that their tie-in
edition of Casino Royale, due for release Oct. 31, will NOT feature poster art for
the film on its cover.
Instead, the familiar Richie Fahey “retro” cover art (first released in 2002 and
soon to be released on new UK reprints) will be used with the addition of the line:
“Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture.”
A representative for the company explained, “We are not doing an official tie-in
edition because the final poster art is not coming in time for us to have the book
ready for movie release. We will use the jacket with the woman and the playing
cards behind her.”
It’s still possible that Penguin UK will release a Casino Royale tie-in edition with
movie poster art, although no listing for a UK tie-in edition currently exists on
This is disappointing, but it isn’t a first. The U.S. tie-in edition for You Only Live
Twice used only the familiar Signet paperback with the addition of a pink sticker
on the cover reading, “GIRLS, THRILLS, CHILLS and SEX GALORE in a
smash new movie starring SEAN CONNERY.” (These editions are now highly
Likewise, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View To A Kill never received
full movie poster cover tie-in editions in the U.S. In the case of Never Say Never
Again and The Living Daylights, no tie-in editions of any kind were ever released
in the U.S. (at least not that I’m aware).
Ironically, the unofficial 1967 Casino Royale did get an official movie tie-in
edition, despite the fact that the Charles K. Feldman comedy hardly resembled the
original Ian Fleming novel.