Octopussy | Pan | X series

Octopussy | Pan | X series. The first edition has X668 to spine and front cover
The first edition has X668 to spine and front cover
Octopussy | Pan | X series. The 2nd and later editions no longer state X668 but just have X to spine
The 2nd and later editions no longer state X668 but just have X to spine

14. Octopussy and the Living Daylights

Author : Ian Fleming
Publisher : Pan / Great Pan
Format : Paperback
Series : Pan Hawkey series
Edition : 1st to 4th
Year : 1967 (first published with this artwork)
Country published : UK
Artwork designer : Raymond Hawkey

General Notes

​In 1963 graphic designer (and novelist) Raymond Hawkey created a fresh new look for the Bond novels. The uniform design with minimal graphics contrasted with the “painted” designs of the previous series. The consistent use of modern fonts helped the series have a uniform look as did having “JAMES BOND” in large bold text at the top of each book. Elements of this design can be found in the Pan “Model” series of the 1970s and in the Panther / Triad series of the 1980s.

Millions of copies of the Bond paperbacks were printed in the “Hawkey” series and for many is the definitive paperback series, indeed for many people of a “certain age” it was their introduction to reading James Bond novels.

Thunderball is the only book in the series where Hawkey is credited (Cover design by Raymond Hawkey) so it is possible Pan staff laid out some of the other designs. The majority of the books were released with Hawkey designs in 1963 but the timing of the film releases of Dr No and From Russia With Love means that the “Movie Tie In” editions were published first. This pushed the release of the Hawkey cover versions of these titles out to 1964/65 and means they are less common than the others. It is probable however that these covers were designed at the same time as the others as early / prototype editions have been found.


Editions and pricing variants found with this artwork

First editions have X668 to spine and front cover, later editions just have X to spine. The following printings / pricing variants with this artwork have been found in our collections:

1st edition 1967

2nd edition 1968

3rd edition 1968

4th edition 1968

Note. Both the UK and Canadian 1st editions are rather uncommon.


Collectors notes

As all 14 bond books were published in this uniform series and copies are plentiful they make an ideal first set of books for the new collector.

From Thunderball onwards the 1st Pan printings were in this Hawkey series, surprisingly On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1st Pan edition is perhaps the most difficult to find / most valuable of all the Pan paperbacks (especially without any price to the front). The main reason for this is that the 1st four printings were export only.

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