James Bond (1965)

James Bond The first James Bond trading card set in the U.S. was released in 1965 by Philly Gum (aka the Philadelphia Chewing Gum Company). The card photos depict scenes from the first three Bond films - Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger. There were 66 cards in the set.

The card fronts for this set were pretty straightforward - they consisted of a large black and white still from one of the three films, with a thin white border and no caption or card number.

The backs of the cards contained all of the series information. The set title ('James Bond Secret Agent 007') was shown at the top of the card in red and black ink, with the card number in a red target to the left of this; along the left side of the card were a pair of small cartoon silhouettes showing a secret agent in action. In the center was a large text block with the card title and a paragraph of text narrating the scene's action, and at the bottom in red lettering ran a line identifying the actors and characters on the card front, along with a copyright notice.

These cards are similar to the next year's James Bond Thunderball card release. The two are easily differentiated in that the second series's card backs contain only black ink.