Remembering Sam Peffer, cover illustrator for the James Bond books

Remembering Sam Peffer, cover illustrator for the James Bond books

Sam Peffer, the man behind Pan's iconic James Bond book covers, has died.
Remembering Sam Peffer, cover illustrator for the James Bond books
Sam Peffer, who illustrated many of the iconic book covers for Pan Books in the 1950s and 60s, passed away on 14 March 2014.

From Russia with LoveCasino Royale Diamonds are Forever
Moonraker From Russia With Love

His covers were signed 'Peff' and some of the characters were modelled on his own friends and family. As well as the early Bond covers, he also illustrated many other pulp fiction covers for Pan.
To Love and Be Wise The Big Steal Skeleton in the Clock

Peffer grew up in Islington, London, and was called up to the Navy in 1942. After the war, he began a career as a freelance book cover illustrator. He retired in 1985, having also attached his name to many film posters as well as book covers.

Our thoughts are with his family. 

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