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James Bond stamps to be launched
Jame Bond stamps
Fleming designed the From Russia With Love and Casino Royale covers

The centenary of the birth of James Bond creator Ian Fleming is to be marked next month with six extra-long UK stamps, Royal Mail has said.

Each stamp has been lengthened to show a number of different Bond novel covers, with first-class stamps featuring Casino Royale and Dr No.

The 54p stamps reveal the covers of Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

And the final 78p pairing, also launched on 8 January, has For Your Eyes Only and From Russia With Love.

Other Royal Mail stamp issues for 2008 will include celebrations of the classic Carry On and Hammer horror films, both of which will be available in June.

"Royal Mail's special stamps are a national institution, marking famous anniversaries, celebrating the greatest events and showcasing the best of British," said Julietta Edgar from the postal company.

Meanwhile the US Postal Service is honouring film actress Bette Davis next year, with a commemorative stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth.

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