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Pan | Painted Series | Diamonds Are Forever | G101. Diamonds Are Forever from the Painted Pan series with the directors covers
Diamonds Are Forever from the Painted Pan series with the directors covers

04. Diamonds Are Forever

Author : Ian Fleming
Publisher : Pan / Great Pan
Format : Paperback
Series :
Edition : 4th through 6th
Year : 1961 (first published with this artwork)
Country published : UK
Artwork designer : Pat Owen

General Notes

The red band at the bottom of the cover shows Ralph Vernon-Hunt as Bond. These editions are known as the “Directors"covers as Vernon-Hunt was the managing director of Pan books at the time. As well as being a model for Bond and MD of Pan books, Vernon-Hunt was a WW2 fighter ace. Casino Royale, Moonraker, Live and Let Die, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia with Love, Dr No and Goldfinger were all issued with different coloured bands showing Vernon-Hunt. Getting a complete set of these is not easy with Dr No perhaps the most difficult to find. The red band is somewhat higher up the book than for most of the other “directors” series which caused a problem when the artwork was reset - see the edition with the yellow band for more details.

Pan seemed to prefer it if their cover artists remained anonymous so the artists often added subtle signatures. Look just to the left of the dressing table and you can spot “Owen” (Pat Owen).


Editions and pricing variants found with this artwork

​4th printing 1961. Pan G101 to spine. Copies have been found:

​5th printing 1961. Pan G101 to spine. Copies have been found with 2’6 printed to cover.

​6th printing 1961. Pan G101 to spine. Copies have been found with:


Collectors notes

​Copies have been found with a “write for profit” flyer inside

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