Lego: The Beatles Yellow Submarine


Over the last decade or so Lego has experienced an impressive upswing of popularity in modern culture. Those small multicoloured building blocks have spawned theme parks, cartoons, computer games and a surprisingly existential movie, released in 2014. Thanks mainly to some canny licensing deals — such as Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics, to name a few — the Lego brand is now one of the most recognisable in the world. So when the company announced a few months ago that it was going to release a set featuring The Beatles Yellow Submarine, the reaction of fans wasn’t so much why, as when? Continue reading Lego: The Beatles Yellow Submarine

James Bond novels: Penguin Modern Classics (2004)

Casino Royale

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists

#9: The James Bond novels published by Penguin Modern Classics in 2004

Since his first appearance in 1953’s Casino Royale Ian Fleming’s super-spy James Bond has become a global cultural phenomenon, appearing in over 20 blockbuster movies while the original novels have stayed constantly in print.
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