Moonraker - Kid Stuff - Book and Record

Retro Records: James Bond – Moonraker (1985)

Did you know that 1979’s Moonraker was made into a book and record? I certainly did not until I stumbled across an auction the other day. In the interest of full disclosure, it was the Projectionist who discovered it. He was kind enough to call me into the control room, down here in the Vault. The auction was for a complete set of 1985 Kid Stuff book and records featuring James Bond. Dr. No, A View to a Kill, The Spy Who Loved Me as well as Moonraker. Not just the book and record sets but the “deluxe talking storybook” with cassette tapes too.
Moonraker - Book and Records

I, of course, wish I could tell that we won the auction. The sad fact of the matter is that someone in Germany took the prize. Outbid us by a long shot. I suppose whomever got the set was a bigger James Bond fan than ourselves. Maybe it was Blofeld?
Moonraker - Blofeld

Anyway, I am quite willing to bet you are as surprised as I was. I mean, Kid Stuff tackled all manner of popular properties, back in the day. James Bond however is a far cry from the likes of Garfield, Transformers, and Knight Rider, right?
Moonraker - James Bond

What I would love to know is how they picked which films to adapt into “children’s stories”? Obviously A View to a Kill marked the swan song of Roger Moore as 007. In fact it was the seventh film with Moore portraying James Bond. Moonraker lends itself to an exciting tale, plus it too starred Moore. I think that Dr. No is the odd choice, breaking the trend of Moore films and of course tackling a Sean Connery version. Imagine what they would have done with 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service!

Obviously the folks at Kid Stuff have condensed much of Moonraker. They naturally had to since it had to tell a tale in a little over ten minutes. But I would point out that it’s pretty obvious it was still a little more violent than you might think.
Moonraker - Bond and Drax

Let us hop back to 1985 and sit back as we listen and read Moonraker on Retro Records!

[Via] RAD

Do you think the A View to a Kill book and record features the Duran Duran song?

[Via] Guillermo Alejandro Riera

Nobody does it better! The film posters of Dr. No

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If I had to name my favourite film series, it wouldn’t be Star Wars, Trek, Potter or any of those other pretenders. It would be without question, Bond, James Bond. The series has such a rich history and every single film holds a special place in my heart.

Around 15 years ago I received a book about film posters and within its pages was a section about the Connery and Moore-era James Bond films. At that point I had no special interest in poster art, film or otherwise, but that ignited something and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

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A great place to start with poster art for the series is with the first film, Dr. No. As an unknown entity, I imagine it would have been a challenge for those asked to create posters and you can see this in the huge variety of designs from around the world.

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The UK original with the yellow background is an instant classic but efforts from Italy and France (above), and Germany (below) are all brilliant works too.

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In my opinion, the best came from a 1972 re-issue in Japan. Not too many posters have the film score in the art!

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All the art on this page is from the superb Movie Posters Collectors website and its James Bond collection. Go take a look for higher resolution versions of those here and to see the 10 other posters that they have.