The Young Bond Dossier briefly talked to Charlie Higson about what he thought of the new U.S. Double or Die cover art that was recently unveiled.
“When I started working on the Young Bond series I always pictured slightly retro covers with the feel of 30s adventure stories (something like the Indiana Jones posters) with great illustrations. The British publishers (Puffin) were worried though, that the books would look old-fashioned and scare kids off. I was very pleased with the Puffin covers, and still am, but it’s fantastic to see the new American cover of DOD which has all the romance and atmosphere I imagined when writing the books. DOD is a new start for Young Bond in the states and I’m very excited about its release. I never cease to be amazed at just how good Kev Walker’s illustrations are.” – Charlie Higson
If you recall, back in October I made a post talking about cover art for the Young Bond books and my disappointment in the latest paperback cover of Hurricane Gold. It’s not that it’s bad, it just has no atmosphere. As I mentioned (and apparently Higson and I share a similar opinion here) there was an advertisement that struck me as sort of like Indiana Jones that I still believe should have been used instead. It is far more fitting for Hurricane Gold, and for younger males it’s far more attractive in my opinion – the book’s target audience. The colors are great: the sandy browns, the murky greens, and the croc is much better looking. The paperback cover art released for Hurricane Gold (and the UK Double or Die) is just plain and rather boring. It lacks what a James Bond novel is really all about. Adventure. The designers for Indy get it. Kev Walker gets it. Mary GrandPré of Harry Potter fame gets it. I think even Richie Fahey got it. Puffin: they don’t get it. Not in my opinion. A skull? Come on….
What was that line… something about not judging a book by its cover? That part is true, but the cover sure as hell sells the book.
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- Dec.6.07 » Double or Die U.S. Cover Art
Comment by zencat
Made Monday, December 10, 2007 at 9:12 pm