🇬🇧 Royal Mail will issue a large number of philatelic items on 17 March 2020 on the subject of the character James Bond created by Ian Fleming in a long series of novels and subsequently an even longer series of films. The release of the 25th movie of this film series is the excuse provided by Royal Mail for issuing this latest expensive philatelic extravaganza dealing with yet another aspect of popular modern British and, sometimes, foreign culture.
The issue is made up of 6 stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps with additional hidden features, 1 counter booklet containing 4 x 1st class rate Machin Head definitives and 2 x 1st class rate stamps from the set, along with 1 Prestige booklet costing £16.99 and containing the stamps from the set and miniature sheet as well as a pane containing 2 x 2nd class rate Scotland regional stamps, 2 x 1st class Union Jack greetings stamps and 2 x 2p and 2 x 2nd class rate Machin Head definitives the definitives have code M19L MPIL. As well as all these there is also a ‘Collectors sheet’ containing 5 x 1st class and 5 x £1.60 Machin Head definitives with attached labels and costing £12.60 and there is also, inevitably I suppose, a ‘Limited edition’ premium priced special edition of the Prestige booklet costing £64.99 .
An exciting set nicely designed by Interabang and lithographed by International Security Printers and perforated 14.5. Rating:- ***** (for the basic items of this issue)
Subsequently a ‘Collectors sheet’ was released in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first James Bond book. The sheet contained 10 Union Jack stamps with attached labels each depicting a different poster from 10 of the movies.