THE QUOTABLE JAMES BOND (Rittenhouse)
The card collectors were given only one year to collect all the beautiful Bond Girls before Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. issued a brand new trading card set by the name of “The Quotable James Bond Trading Cards”. This time the base set is one-hundred cards, on both sides of each card they printed a black and white still showing a particular scene from a James Bond movie accompanied by the quote or one-liner. The card set contains a total of two hundred never seen before images of James Bond, his enemies and the Bond girls along with two-hundred quotes or on-liners.
“Do you expect me to talk?”
“No Mr. Bond I expect you to die!”
The complete card series exists of a base set and six, yes six different chase sets containing 33 new personally signed autograph cards. The numbering for the autographed cards is continuing from the previous card series, the “James Bond 40th Anniversary” and the “Women Of James Bond In Motion”. In the future coming card series these autographed cards will continue, there is no escape for the collector and his poor wallet. Each counter display box contained 40 packs with only five cards inside. As always Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. guarantees the collectors that each box contains at least one base set and two autographed cards. Among the many signers, the following actors and actresses took part in signing the cards;
For collectors who have financial connections with Ford Knox, Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. produced the so called “Archive Box”. The content of this archive box contains the base set and all the chase cards from “The Quotable James Bond” series except for the case topper, the incentive card and the bonus card that comes with the binder.
The first chase set is a ten card set titled as “The Quotable Theme Songs”. These cards were randomly inserted into 1/10 packs. Each card depicts two theme songs, one on each side for each of the official EON movies produced up to the sets release date. The images displayed on the cards are taken straight out of the movies main titles. The James Bond title images and the main title songs are world famous, many of the songs were among the top 10 during many weeks in the hit parade. The James Bond theme written by Monty Norman has been rewritten by many well known composers and exists in many different variations played by several famous orchestras. The theme song cards are numbered from T1 to T10. The order of the quotable theme song cards is randomly and doesn’t follow the movie sequence in any way. One should think if they have card T1, they should have “Dr. No” & “From Russia With Love”, but that isn’t true. You can check the order at the checklists page on this CD-rom.
The second chase set is known as “The Quotable Bond Villains”. This new invention from Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. is the start of a what you can call a chase set to be continued. In the future coming card sets from Rittenhouse, these Quotable Villain cards will be updated. The first twenty cards are randomly inserted into 1/4 packs. Each card depicts a villain from each James Bond movie starting from “Dr. No” until “Die Another Day”. Like wise the previous chase set on the Bond Girls, each side of the card contains a black and white still.
To complete the third and the fourth chase set, you had to be very lucky, first of all one chase set was only available for the UK collectors, the other chase set was only distributed in the USA. Let’s start with the nine “Bond Girls Are Forever” cards, randomly inserted into 1/40 packs and only available in the United States Of America. The numbering continues the previous Bond girls chase cards that were inserted in the “Women Of James Bond In Motion”, so here we start from BG21 thru BG29. Among the beautiful ladies we have Sophie Marceau as Elektra King in “The World Is Not Enough”, Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in “Thunderball”, Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in “Goldfinger”, Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost in “Die Another Day”, Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver in “Goldfinger”, Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench in “Dr. No”, Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in “GoldenEye”, Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in “Licence to Kill” and Mollie Peters as Patricia Fearing in “Thunderball”.
Very limited and only available in the United Kingdom we have nine different “Villains & Vixens” cards, again randomly distributed in only 1/40 packs. One of the easiest way to get hold of the USA cards or the UK cards was thru eBay or other online card shops. The nine cards compose a black and white puzzle depicting on the front the vixens and on the reverse the villains who tried to makes things miserable for James Bond during his adventures from “Dr. No” until “Die Another Day”. The cards were simply numbered from UK1 through UK9.
The autographed card collectors are really in for a treat, not less then thirty-three different autograph cards were added to “The Quotable James Bond” card series including three personally signed Case Toppers. Twenty-one new autographed cards in the “James Bond 40th Anniversary” style and nine in “The Women Of Bond In Motion” style. The cards were randomly packed in 1/20 packs and the usual guarantee from Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. that each box should contain at least two autographed cards. On the following pages you can enjoy all these new cards in full glory. The numbering starts with card A04, this particular card was already missing in the “40th Anniversary” and it was announced to be an autograph from Chaim Topol who played Milos Columbo in “For Your Eyes Only”. Actually card A04 was signed by Serena Scott Thomas who played Dr. Molly Warmflash in “The World Is Not Enough”. From then on the numbering jumps to A28 thru A49, except for the cards A32 and A37. These two cards will pop-up in the “Dangerous Liaisons” and “The Complete James Bond” trading card series.
“Autograph Cards 40th Anniversary Style”
The personally signed cards in “The Women Of Bond In Motion” style were signed by the following actresses; Sophie Marceau as Elektra King, Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin, Serena Scott-Thomas as Dr. Molly Warmflash, Mollie Peters as Patricia Fearing, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, Maria Grazia Cucinotta as the Cigar Girl, Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan, Rachel Grant as Peaceful Fountains of Desire and Madeline Smith as Miss Caruso. Most of these cards were very limited what makes them very rare and quiet expensive. The cards signed by Rachel Grant and Madeline Smith are the rarest of all.
“Autograph Cards Women Of Bond Style”
To make things even harder for the poor collectors, Rittenhouse added a special five card chase set known to the collectors as the “Vintage Bond” cards. The cards are numbered from VB1 through VB5. Each card was strictly limited and sequentially numbered to only 700 pieces and distributed in 1/120 packs. The card reverse displays a black & white still of the actor accompanied by the movie posters where he played the role of James Bond.
Again there is no escape for the trading card collectors, Rittenhouse manufactured two different case toppers and one multi case topper. To make things extra difficult, one of the case topper cards was limited to the United Kingdom and another one exclusive for the United States. The multi case topper card was given as a bonus when purchasing several cases in one time. The images displayed on the case toppers are stills from Maryam d’Abo as Kara Milovy in “The Living Daylights”, Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in “Goldfinger” and Richard Kiel who played the role of Jaws in “The Spy Who Loved Me“ and “Moonraker”. Miss Shirley Eaton and Richard Kiel are well known guests at movie fairs all over the world. The first time I met Miss Shirley Eaton was in London during the presentation of Cubby Broccoli’s biography “When The Snow Melts”, a novel or perhaps I should say a fairytale written by Donald Zec. A very nice elegant lady.
As usual Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. manufactured an exclusive collector’s album to store and protect this magnificent trading card series. The binder is manufactured in sky-blue scuba vinyl, depicting the Quotable 007 logo witch is almost the same as the 40th Anniversary logo on top of the famous gun-barrel. Each album comes with fifteen nine pocket sleeves and the costume card CC5. This exclusive card contains a piece of fabric from the cardigan worn by Julian Glover as the ruthless Aristotle Kristatos in the 1981’s James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only”. The card also exist with a small piece of his polo-shirt. Julian is also famous for his role as the Imperial General Maximilian Veers in Star Wars Episode V: “The Empire Strikes Back”. He was born as Julian Wyatt Glover on the 27th March 1935 in Hampstead, England.
The wrappers are also very high wanted items among the card collectors, especially the wax paper ones from the sixties. Here below is a foil-wrapper from the “Quotable James Bond” card series.
Rittenhouse Archives wasn’t afraid to launch a huge promotion campaign for this card series, they issued four promo cards and an exclusive dealer sell-sheet. “The James Bond Quotable” sell-sheet. The sell sheets are very much loved by the thousands of collectors, it contains all the necessary information on the coming card series, such as; amount of cards, chase cards per pack, amount of manufactured cases, etc....
The promotion card P3 was only available as a bonus to the exclusive binder. The fourth promotion card numbered as “NSU1” was exclusively distributed at a card convention. So even for the collectors who only collect promotion cards, Rittenhouse gave them a hard time. But I guess that’s the fun of collecting, searching and searching until you find that last item to complete your collection. Thank God for eBay.
What about the basic cards, a full base set contains one hundred cards and each card reveals two quotes and two black and white images from a James Bond movie. The cards don't follow the movie sequences in anyway and jumps from the first to the last and vice versa. Each card reverse shows a different movie than the one on the front. The base cards are numbered from 1 trough 100. The cards issued as expansion sets have a different numbering. The "Casino Royale" expansion came in 2007 with the release of "The Complete James Bond" and holds six cards. These cards are numbered from Q1 to Q6. The second expansion holding six cards from "Quantum Of Solace" came in 2009 with the "James Bond Archives". The cards are numbered from Q7 to Q14. The last expansion were twenty-two "SkyFall" cards, these cards came in 2013 with the "Autographs & Relics" trading card set. The numbering runs from QS1 to QS22. Card QS22 was only available as a reward card. Enjoy all the cards here below.
“Basic Card Set ”