Britain's Royal Mail has unveiled a collection of James Bond stamps to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Fleming, which occurs next year.

James Bond on Her Majesty's postal service

The Telegraph

James Bond has kept Britain safe from the world's villains for years. But now the spy has a new role helping deliver the nation's letters.

Each of the stamps show different editions of six Bond books

Royal Mail unveiled a set of stamps yesterday that feature the covers of Ian Fleming's Bond novels.

They will go on sale from Jan 8 to mark the 100th anniversary of the author's birth in 1908.

Fleming wrote 14 Bond novels, which have sold more 100 million across the world.

The six that will be depicted on the stamps, which will feature different editions of the same book, are Casino Royale, Dr No, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, For Your Eyes Only and From Russia With Love.

Corinne Turner, of Ian Fleming Publications, said: "It is a privilege for Ian Fleming's novels to be celebrated by the Royal Mail special stamps' programme.

"James Bond once again in the service of his queen and country: the first of many new adventures in 2008."

Julietta Edgar, Head of Royal Mail Special Stamps said: "Fictional heroes don't come much more famous than James Bond, so it's entirely appropriate that we start our 2008 special stamp programme by honouring his creator, Ian Fleming."

Fans can also look forward to a new James Bond novel, Devil May Care, which has been written by Sebastian Faulks.