40th ANNIVERSARY SET (Rittenhouse)

Release Date
28 August 2002

Set Configuration:
60 Base cards
20 Packs per box
7 Cards per pack
12 Boxes per case
10000 Boxes

The fictional character of James Bond was created with the publication of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel "Casino Royale", but his first movie debut came almost a decade later with Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman’s production of "Dr. No" in 1962. Since then, agent 007’s adventures have taken him into space and around the globe, creating a legacy of secret missions, sadistic villains, nasty henchmen, cool spy gadgets created and delivered by Major Boothroyd, aka “Q”, and the well-known glamorous Bond girls. To mark this special event, “Rittenhouse Archives Ltd.” assembled all the action, danger and glamour that occurs in the until now 19 official James Bond movies in to one amazing trading card set. This new trading card series contains only 60 base cards, the first three base cards compile a puzzle that shows the new James Bond 40th anniversary logo. Starting from the fourth card, each movie occupies three cards. The cards are printed on Super-Premium Card Stock.

"40th Anniversary Counter Display Box"

"40th Anniversary Wrapper"

The cards were packed by seven (6 cards & 1 game card)in a silver metal foil wrapper, the silver shiny counter display box with embossed 40th anniversary logo contained twenty packs. In each pack they inserted a so called letter or game card. All these cards together created the following text “J A M E S B O N D”. The “D” card depicts a still of Pierce Brosnan and is extremely rare, only forthy “D” cards were printed and these were randomly inserted in 1/5000 packs, and when returned to Rittenhouse it entitled you to all of the 24 autograph cards in the set. The card was returned with the autograph cards, and the top left corner was clipped to void the card and "void" was also written on the reverse of the card twice. This nine part card set is a much seen item on eBay, except for the “D” card of course. In August 2008 a complete 40th Anniversary Master set was offered on eBay for 2850€, no bids were placed. In 2009 Valentines day was very special to someone, the “D” card was sold on eBay for 154€. Another "D" card was auctioned on eBay in August 2009, it was sold for the staggering price of 410,49€. Wow, what an investment. On the 29th April 2023 another D-card sold for the staggering price of 1533$. See eBay listing here below.

The "Letter Card or Game Card Set" was the first James Bond chase card set created by “Rittenhouse Archives”. This D-card is a very rare card as there are only 40 cards printed. Here is the calculation. 10000 boxes X 20 packs = 200000 packs / 5000 = 40 cards.

"The Game or Letter Cards"

The second chase set exists of nineteen “Bond Tech” cards, also known as the “Bond Extras”. This second chase set was quiet easy to collect, actually the “Bond Extras” were randomly inserted by one in each pack. This chase set will be continued during the release of “Die Another Day”, “Casino Royale” and “Quantum Of Solace”. All these additions will be mentioned in detail later on in this book. The gadgets used by James Bond are pictured on the card, a detailed text about the gadgets is printed on the reverse. The cards are finished with a glossy metal shine and numbered from BE001 thru BE0019.

"Bond Extras"

BE002 BE003
BE005 BE006
BE008 BE009
BE0011 BE0012
BE0014 BE0015
BE0017 BE0018

The third level of chase cards is nineteen metal foil cards, again one card for each James Bond movie now depicting the villain or a henchmen, the nineteen “Bond Villains” were randomly packed in 1/2 packs. The cards show pictures of Dr.Julius No, Rosa Klebb, Auric Goldfinger, Emilio Largo, Ernst Stavro Blofeld played by three different actors in three different movies, Dr. Kanaga alias Mr. Big, Francisco Scaramanga, Karl Stromberg, Hugo Drax, Aris Kristatos, Kamal Khan, Max Zorin, Brad Whitaker, Franz Sanchez, Alec Trevelyan, Elliot Carver and Renard. The cards were numbered from BV001 thru BV0019.

“Bond Villains”

BV001 BV002 BV003
BV004 BV005 BV006
BV007 BV008 BV009
BV0010 BV0011 BV0012
BV0013 BV0014 BV0015
BV0016 BV0017 BV0018

Just as the “Bond Extras” cards, the above and the following chase set on the Bond Girls will continue with the release of “Die Another Day”, “Casino Royale” and “Quantum Of Solace”. All the chase cards are beautiful designed and finished with the embossed James Bond 40th anniversary logo. The next level of chase cards is a must for every Bond fan, nineteen glamorous Bond Girls, one from each James Bond movie, from “Dr. No” until “The World Is Not Enough”. Among the Bond girls the following actresses appear on the cards; Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Claudine Auger as Domino Derval, Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki, Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vincenzo, Jill St. John as Tiffany Case, Jane Seymour as Solitaire, Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight, Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead, Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock, Maud Adams as Octopussy, Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton, Maryam D'Abo as Kara Milovy, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova, Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin and Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones. The ladies are numbered from BW001 thru BW0019. The Bond Girls were randomly inserted into 1/4 packs. This meant for the poor collector a minimum purchase of at least four boxes and all the luck in the world to get them all. The Bond girls cards do have a very special design, contrary to the normal card design, the cards left side is shaped as a woman’s body holding a gun, very sexy cards if I may say so. Each card displays a full colour picture of the leading Bond girl printed on a background holding some smaller sepia coloured images. The reverse shows a circular picture of the girl and some text explaining her role in the movie.

“Bond Girls”

BW001 BW002 BW003
BW004 BW005 BW006
BW007 BW008 BW009
BW0010 BW0011 BW0012
BW0013 BW0014 BW0015
BW0016 BW0017 BW0018

“Rittenhouse Archives Ltd” doesn’t leave the autographed card collectors in the rain, for this new trading card set they created no less than 23 different cards with authentic autographs. These autograph cards are the start for a very expensive but also a very unique collection. The numbering for the autograph cards begins from A01 until A23. The foreseen autographed card A04 carrying an authentic autograph from Chaim Topol wasn’t released at the time and will appear later in another trading card series by the name of “The Quotable James Bond”, but not with the promised autograph from Chaim Topol. Inside each box a small card was inserted with apologies from Rittenhouse for the missing autograph card A04.

• Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead in "Moonraker"
• Julian Glover as Aris Kristatos in "For Your Eyes Only"
• Vijay Amritraj as Vijay in "Octopussy"
• Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton in "A View To A Kill"
• Virginia Hey as Rubavitch in "The Living Daylights"
• David Hedison as Felix Leiter in "Licence To Kill"

"Apologies from Rittenhouse Archives Inc."

“Autograph Cards 40th Anniversary Style”

A02 A03
A06 A07
A09 A10
A12 A13
A15 A16
A18 A19
A21 A22
A24 A24 (Black Ink)

In this 40th Anniversary card series the collectors are treated with something never seen before in the James Bond trading card business, three brand new cards titled “From The Archives Costume Cards”. These new cards contain a small piece of clothing worn by Sean Connery, Christopher Walken and Patrick McNee. The card numbering runs from CC1 to CC3. The costume cards CC1 and CC2 are extremely rare and were only distributed by one in six boxes, meaning 1/120 packs.

"The Costume Cards"

To store all these precious cards, “Rittenhouse Archives” designed an exclusive 40th Anniversary collectors album. The album cover depicts the 007 Gunlogo covered by a James Bond silhouette surrounded by Bond girls shadows. Placed in the centre, the new 40th Anniversary logo. A must have for every Bond fan. The binder contained fifteen nine pocket sleeves to protect your cards and as a bonus you received the previous mentioned costume card CC3. The card contains a piece of clothing worn by Patrick McNee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett in the James Bond movie “A View To A Kill”. Avid collectors received another precious bonus when they purchased a complete case of trading cards, here again Patrick McNee gets the honour. He personally signed the Case Topper Autograph Card A24 as Sir Godfrey Tibbett in “A View To A Kill”.

"40th Anniversary Exclusive Binder"

For the real die-hard collectors a two card uncut sheet was available, the sheet contained the costume cards CC3 and AC1 (see “Die Another Day”). Personally signed and numbered from 1 to 15 by Steve Charendoff, the founder of Rittenhouse Archives Ltd., this sheet specially designed and only available on the official Rittenhouse Archives website was sold out in a few seconds. The first card is the costume card CC3 that contains an original piece of cloth worn by Patrick McNee in the James Bond movie “A View To A Kill”. The second card is also a costume card, numbered as AC1 and containing a piece of fabric coming from the military outfit worn by Pierce Brosnan in his fourth and last James Bond movie “Die Another day”

"Uncut Sheet signed by Steven Charendoff"

Only available at the Rittenhouse website where these four sets of sixty cards. A very rare "progressive proof set" consisting of four sets (black, magenta, blue, and yellow). I’m told these sets were only available on Rittenhouse’s website, only 25 of these sets were produced, and they quickly sold out.

"The progressive proof set"
Blue Yellow
Black Reverse
Full set of the Red cards

Special thanks to Robert Lukaszyk for the above pictures.

promotion is really everything. With that in mind Rittenhouse Archives designed a doubled sided sell sheet containing all the necessary information on the coming card set. Also three different promotion cards were manufactured and numbered as P1, P2 & P3. Promotion card P1 displays a still of Sean Connery in “Dr. No”, P2 has a picture of Roger Moore in “Live And Let Die” and the third card P3 shows Pierce Brosnan in “GoldenEye”. All these nice promotional items are easy to get your hands on trough eBay and other online shops.

"40th Anniversary Dealer Sell-Sheet"
P2 P3
"The Promotion Cards"

The basic cards are the easy ones to get your hands on, simply numbered from 001 to 060 and covering the movies from "Dr No" through "GoldenEye". The first mistake was the logo printed on Timothy Daltons head and the logo upsidedown on card 002. These two mistakes were put to right in 2002 with the release of "The 40th Anniversary Expansion Set" that included also the three plot cards from "Die Another Day". The plot cards for "Casino Royale" were issued in 2007 as a chase set with "The Complete James Bond", and the plot cards for "Quantum of Solace" were included in "The James Bond Archives" issued in 2009. Until now there are no extensions for "SkyFall" or for "SPECTRE".

“The Basic Cards”

002 (original)
003 (original)
002 (reprinted)
003 (reprinted)


Check List:
Base Cards
[ ] 01 40th Anniversary Montage
[ ] 02 40th Anniversary Montage
[ ] 03 40th Anniversary Montage
[ ] 04 Dr. No
[ ] 05 Dr. No
[ ] 06 Dr. No
[ ] 07 In Russia With Love
[ ] 08 In Russia With Love
[ ] 09 In Russia With Love
[ ] 10 Goldfinger
[ ] 11 Goldfinger
[ ] 12 Goldfinger
[ ] 13 Thunderball
[ ] 14 Thunderball
[ ] 15 Thunderball
[ ] 16 You Only Live Twice
[ ] 17 You Only Live Twice
[ ] 18 You Only Live Twice
[ ] 19 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] 20 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] 21 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] 22 Diamonds Are Forever
[ ] 23 Diamonds Are Forever
[ ] 24 Diamonds Are Forever
[ ] 25 Live and Let Die
[ ] 26 Live and Let Die
[ ] 27 Live and Let Die
[ ] 28 The Man with the Golden Gun
[ ] 29 The Man with the Golden Gun
[ ] 30 The Man with the Golden Gun
[ ] 31 The Spy Who Loved Me
[ ] 32 The Spy Who Loved Me
[ ] 33 The Spy Who Loved Me
[ ] 34 Moonraker
[ ] 35 Moonraker
[ ] 36 Moonraker
[ ] 37 For Your Eyes Only
[ ] 38 For Your Eyes Only
[ ] 39 For Your Eyes Only
[ ] 40 Octopussy
[ ] 41 Octopussy
[ ] 42 Octopussy
[ ] 43 A View to a Kill
[ ] 44 A View to a Kill
[ ] 45 A View to a Kill
[ ] 46 The Living Daylights
[ ] 47 The Living Daylights
[ ] 48 The Living Daylights
[ ] 49 Licence to Kill
[ ] 50 Licence to Kill
[ ] 51 Licence to Kill
[ ] 52 GoldenEye
[ ] 53 GoldenEye
[ ] 54 GoldenEye
[ ] 55 Tomorrow Never Dies
[ ] 56 Tomorrow Never Dies
[ ] 57 Tomorrow Never Dies
[ ] 58 The World is Not Enough
[ ] 59 The World is Not Enough
[ ] 60 The World is Not Enough
[ ] 61 Die Another Day (40th Anniversary Expansion Set)
[ ] 62 Die Another Day (40th Anniversary Expansion Set)
[ ] 63 Die Another Day (40th Anniversary Expansion Set)
[ ] 64 Casino Royale (The Complete James Bond)
[ ] 65 Casino Royale (The Complete James Bond)
[ ] 66 Casino Royale (The Complete James Bond)
[ ] 67 Quantum Of Solace (James Bond Archives)
[ ] 68 Quantum Of Solace (James Bond Archives)
[ ] 69 Quantum Of Solace (James Bond Archives)
Game Cards (Lettered) (1:1 packs)
[ ] “J” Game Letter Card
[ ] “A” Game Letter Card
[ ] “M” Game Letter Card
[ ] “E” Game Letter Card
[ ] “S” Game Letter Card
[ ] “B” Game Letter Card
[ ] “O” Game Letter Card
[ ] “N” Game Letter Card
[ ] “D” Game Letter Card (very rare 1:5000 packs) only 40 cards
Bond Extras (1:1 packs)
[ ] BE001 Dr. No
[ ] BE002 From Russia With Love
[ ] BE003 Goldfinger
[ ] BE004 Thunderball
[ ] BE005 You Only Live Twice
[ ] BE006 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] BE007 Diamonds Are Forever
[ ] BE008 Live and Let Die
[ ] BE009 The Man with the Golden Gun
[ ] BE0010 The Spy Who Loved Me
[ ] BE0011 Moonraker
[ ] BE0012 For Your Eyes Only
[ ] BE0013 Octopussy
[ ] BE0014 A View to a Kill
[ ] BE0015 The Living Daylights
[ ] BE0016 Licence to Kill
[ ] BE0017 GoldenEye
[ ] BE0018 Tomorrow Never Dies
[ ] BE0019 The World is Not Enough
Bond Villains (1:2 packs)  
[ ] BV001 Dr. No
[ ] BV002 From Russia With Love
[ ] BV003 Goldfinger
[ ] BV004 Thunderball
[ ] BV005 You Only Live Twice
[ ] BV006 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] BV007 Diamonds Are Forever
[ ] BV008 Live and Let Die
[ ] BV009 The Man with the Golden Gun
[ ] BV0010 The Spy Who Loved Me
[ ] BV0011 Moonraker
[ ] BV0012 For Your Eyes Only
[ ] BV0013 Octopussy
[ ] BV0014 A View to a Kill
[ ] BV0015 The Living Daylights
[ ] BV0016 Licence to Kill
[ ] BV0017 GoldenEye
[ ] BV0018 Tomorrow Never Dies
[ ] BV0019 The World is Not Enough
Bond Girls (1:4 packs)  
[ ] BW001 Dr. No
[ ] BW002 From Russia With Love
[ ] BW003 Goldfinger
[ ] BW004 Thunderball
[ ] BW005 You Only Live Twice
[ ] BW006 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
[ ] BW007 Diamonds Are Forever
[ ] BW008 Live and Let Die
[ ] BW009 The Man with the Golden Gun
[ ] BW0010 The Spy Who Loved Me
[ ] BW0011 Moonraker
[ ] BW0012 For Your Eyes Only
[ ] BW0013 Octopussy
[ ] BW0014 A View to a Kill
[ ] BW0015 The Living Daylights
[ ] BW0016 Licence to Kill
[ ] BW0017 GoldenEye
[ ] BW0018 Tomorrow Never Dies
[ ] BW0019 The World is Not Enough
Autograph Cards (1:10 packs)
[ ] A01 Jonathan Pryce in "Tomorrow Never Dies"
[ ] A02 Joe Don Baker in "The Living Daylights"
[ ] A03 Shirley Eaton in "Goldfinger"
[ ] A04 Not available in this card set, see “The Quotable James Bond”
[ ] A05 Tsai Chin in "You Only Live Twice"
[ ] A06 George Lazenby in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
[ ] A07 Trina Parks in "Diamonds Are Forever"
[ ] A08 Clifton James in "Live and Let Die"
[ ] A09 Christopher Lee in "The Man with the Golden Gun"
[ ] A10 Richard Kiel in "The Spy Who Loved Me"
[ ] A11 Lois Chiles in "Moonraker"
[ ] A12 Julian Glover in "For Your Eyes Only"
[ ] A13 Vijay Amritraj in "Octopussy"
[ ] A14 Tanya Roberts in "A View to a Kill"
[ ] A15 Virginia Hey in "The Living Daylights"
[ ] A16 David Hedison in "License to Kill"
[ ] A17 Steven Berkoff in "Octopussy"
[ ] A18 Robert Brown in "The Living Daylights"
[ ] A19 Samantha Bond in "The World is Not Enough"
[ ] A20 Angela Scouler in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
[ ] A21 Bernard Horsfall in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
[ ] A22 Caroline Munro in "The Spy Who Loved Me"
[ ] A23 Vincent Schiavelli in “Tomorrow Never Dies”
“From The Archives” Costume Cards (1:120 packs)

[ ] CC1 Sean Connery in "Dr. No"
[ ] CC2 Christopher Walken in "A View To A Kill"
[ ] CC3 Patrick Macnee in "A View To A Kill" (Binder exclusive)

Case Topper Autograph Card
[ ] A24 Patrick Macnee in "A View to a Kill" (Case Topper)
Collectors Album
[ ] “40th Anniversary Logo” Exclusive Binder
Uncut Sheet
Uncut sheet Costume Card CC3 & AC1 numbered 1-15
Promo Cards
[ ] P1 Sean Connery Promo Card (General distribution)
[ ] P2 Roger Moore Promo Card (Magazine distribution)
[ ] P3 Pierce Brosnan Promo Card (Convention Exclusief)
[ ] Dealer Sell Sheet