ODDITIES

Among all the previous reviewed bubble gum cards, trading cards and sticker sets their were many similar items manufactured all around the world. This chapter will make you acquainted with some oddities that were manufactured during the sixties, seventies, eighties etc...
“OK Bubblegum” a candy company located somewhere in Germany manufactured during the sixties a series of black and white stills that came from the first James Bond movies. Also pictures of behind the screen are among the wrappers. The stills were printed on wax paper, wrapped around a long small piece of sticky bubblegum and inserted in an outside wrapper as shown here below. On the 14th of February 2010, three "OK" stills were sold on eBay for the staggering price of 76 EURO. Happy Valentine.


"OK Bubblegum Outside Wrapper"

"OK Bubblegum From Russia With Love"
Reverse of a "OK Bubblegum Card"


"OK's Big Bub Bubblegum Wrappers"

"Dr. No"
"Dr. No"
"Dr. No"
"From Russia With Love"
"Goldfinger"
"Goldfinger"
"Goldfinger"
"Goldfinger"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"Thunderball"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"
"You Only Live Twice"

(Special thanks to Patrick Otte for the above pictures)

Italy knew many card manufactures, such as "Elah", "Movicolor", “Top Sellers Ltd.” and “Panini”. In 1975 ”Top Sellers” produced a magnificent sticker set known as the “SUPERSTARS”. The stickers depicted full colour stills of the then known world famous stars, the set was accompanied with a special designed collectors album where you could stick your precious stickers inside. Shown on the next page is the front and reverse of sticker number 21 depicting a full colour still of Sean Connery as James Bond in a scene of “Diamonds Are Forever”. The reverse of the collectable sticker had a short biography on the actor shown on the front.

 
"SUPERSTARS Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever"

Worldwide there was and still is a variety of pictures, cards, stickers, etc… they all came in many different sizes and formats. In many cases there was even a collectors album available to protect and store your pictures. A very world famous chocolate bar producer is “Jacques”, the factory is located in Eupen, Belgium. Each chocolate bar was accompanied by a small picture with themes like geography, history, air planes, boats, singers, pop groups, actors and actresses. Here below some small pictures originated in Sweden, you can recognize Sean Connery in a “From Russia With Love” scene and Roger Moore in scene from “Ivanhoe”. Also a sixties TV-card produced in Spain depicting a still of Sean Connery as James Bond in "Thunderball". An eighties TV-card showing Sean Connery in "Never Say Never Again" and a Cinema Classics collector card. The last one originates in Spain and shows a picture of Roger Moore in "Moonraker".

"From Russia With Love"
"Ivanhoe"
"Thunderball"
"Sean Connery" sixties TV Card from Spain
"Never Say Never Again"
"Cinema Classics"
"Moonraker" Spain 1979

The cards shown on the next page are manufactured in Spain, dated 1978. Each card measures approximately 2" x 3". They are printed on heavy card stock. The reverse features the name and number of the card, as well as the name of the celebrity pictured and a brief paragraph in Spanish. It seems there was also a Spanish card set for "The Spy Who Loved me".

"The Spy Who Loved Me" two cards from Spain

Costa Rica, a beautiful country scattered with exotic landscapes issued a great looking "Moonraker" trading card set. Some of the cards fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle. The two cards printed here below are the only ones that I have ever seen.

"Trading Cards issued in Costa Rica"

Here is an example of two PHOSKITOS Moonraker trading cards from Spain in 1979. The campaign was called Phoskitos Moonraker cromos y muñecos (trading cards and "dolls").Phoskitos was a cakes & pastries product in Spain. Each individually wrapped cake (you'd say biscuit) had a trading card. There was a set of 28 cards, each card measures 5x7cm, glossy front, no caption on reverse. Each card had a redeemable cut-off worth 1 point-trade in 3 points and you got a cardboard Moonraker figure or vehicle.

"Phoskitos Advertising"
"Phoskitos Trading card"

In 1983 and to coincide with the release of the 13th James Bond movie “Octopussy” the UK based “Shredded Wheat”, a well known breakfast cereal released eight large stickers each featuring special designed artwork of “Octopussy”.



"Shredded Wheat Octopussy Stickers & Package "

As a tie-in with the 1987’s James Bond movie “The Living Daylights”, the UK based candy bar and sweets manufacturer “TRIO” issued three different pages with action stickers. The page containing the action stickers could be found inside a pack of six biscuits. Each page was holding four little stickers. Today this unique sticker set is quiet difficult to find and it scares the living daylights out of your pocket.

"TRIO Stickers & Wrapper"

During 1998 the American based diecast toy manufacturer ”Johnny Lightning” issued a set of ten never seen before James Bond related diecast cars in a scale of 1/64. Each little car was accompanied with a trading card designed by the well known trading card manufacturer “Inkworks”. For each car they designed five different trading cards. Today these cards are very hard to obtain for the simple reason that if you tried to access the card or the car, you had to destroy it’s packaging. There are not many collectors around that like to destroy the precious packaging of a James Bond related toy. A few months later, the UK based toy maker “Corgi” issued exactly the same diecast cars in their Corgi Junior range together with exactly the same trading cards that were issued by “Johnny Lightning”. The difference to the cards was only the date and the companies name “Johnny Lightning” or “Corgi”. Because of the brand name, the die-hard collectors had to collect two times fifty cards. This first set of “Cars & Cards” were related to the following James Bond movies; “Dr. No”, “Goldfinger”, “Thunderball”, “You Only Live Twice”, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, “For Your Eyes Only”, The Living Daylights” and “GoldenEye”. The cards were numbered from 1 to 50 and the reverse was issued with a small checklist.

Dr. No
 
 

Goldfinger
 
 

Thunderball
 
 

You Only Live Twice
 
 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
 
 

Diamonds Are Forever
 
 

The Spy Who Loved Me
 
 

For Your Eyes Only
 
 

The Living Daylights
 
 

GoldenEye
 
 

During the year 2000, Johnny Lightning issued another six cars & cards. Again there were five cards for each car, the card numbering followed the previous car & cards now starting from 51 thru 80. One error slipped into the card set related to “A View To A Kill”, card 68 shows Roger Moore in a “For Your Eyes Only” scene where he is climbing one of the Meteora rocks in Greece. After that they released another six car set accompanied with the original film poster, and to coincide with the 40th Anniversary, Johnny Lightning issued again twenty cards and cars, one car for each movie from “Dr. No” thru “Die Another Day”. Each card depicted the original film poster, lucky for the collectors they didn’t issue each car with all the different posters from around the world. Also some gift sets containing two or more cars complete with diorama were manufactured, but all of these came without the cards. There’s also a race car with a printed advertising for “Goldfinger”, the car came with a black card depicting a golden 007 Gunlogo.

Dr. No
 
 

Goldfinger
 
 

Thunderball
 
 

A View To A Kill
 
 

GoldenEye
 
 

The World Is Not Enough
 
 

In the late nineties the USA branch of Warner Home Video issued a set of poster artwork cards, one given away with each DVD there has been a number of similar offers with videos/ DVD’s in many countries, some as web or high street shop exclusives, the cards on the whole feature poster artwork and cast information on the reverse, some though have featured reproduction stills as seen in cinema lobbies.
Another oddity came from Eastern Europe. “Hentyh”, a well-known candy and chewing gum manufacturer based in the Ukraine, Russia issued a James Bond collectors box. No cards this time but a set of small stickers. Inside the box you could find approximately 100 pieces of stuffy gum surrounded with a small sticker. Sadly there were only seven different stickers to collect. It looks like Russian Vodka isn’t enough for 007.

"Hentyh Sticker Set"

The pictures displayed on the stickers were taken from several James Bond movies. Just something to have is the beautiful designed counter display box depicting artwork from the following movies: “Never Say Never Again”, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, ”Licence To Kill”, “From Russia With Love” and “The World is Not Enough”. This collectors box was difficult to obtain in the usual retail shops, lucky for the collectors that they were sold for very economic prices on eBay. All by all this sticker set and it’s counter display box is a very nice addition to any James Bond memorabilia collection.


"Hentyh Counter Display Box"

To continue their previous release of a box filled with gum and stickers depicting stills from several James Bond movies, the Ukraine based company “Hentyh” issues in 2006 a new sticker and gum box, this time to tie-in with the latest and official EON version of “Casino Royale”, the first James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as secret agent 007. Again the box contains 100 pieces of stuffy gum surrounded with a small sticker. Again the counter display box is a real piece of art displaying all the major actors from “Casino Royale”. A nice addition to your James Bond memorabilia collection.


"Hentyh Casino Royale Counter Display Box"

Not known to everybody are the so called bootlegs, these are trading cards created and produced by an individual. An internet shop by the name of "nikolaitradingcards" produces trading cards on request. Here below are some samples from that particular web shop.


"Part of a Goldfinger cardset"


"Part of a Casino Royale cardset"

There are many other odd items out there perhaps as single cards or stickers produced in very limited quantities or given away at cinemas and in high street stores during a films release. On the whole these are used to advertise tie in products, most of these items are very rare and now nearly impossible to find, but thanks to places like eBay, one lives in the hope of a rare item popping up. Here below a picture of Sean Connery as James Bond in "Goldfinger" on a very rare card with an embedded Lincoln one Cent coin.


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