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There are currently 39 officially licenced James Bond books authored by six writers since 1953. The first and most famous 14 were written by Ian Fleming, spawning a wide world of Bond media including films, comic strips, comic books, and video games.

Several novelizations, spin-off books, short stories, and anthologies have also been published.



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Ian Fleming at work

After serving in the British Naval Intelligence Division during World War II, Fleming was inspired to write a novel about an international spy. Fleming bragged to his friends about how good he believed the book would be. Fleming chose a bland but masculine name for his main character and gave the character many of his own personal tastes including golf and gambling. He began writing his first Bond novel in 1952 in Jamaica over two months to take his mind off his upcoming wedding and pregnant fiancé. Casino Royale was published in 1953 to moderate reviews but great sales in the UK.

Fleming, who's full time job was a Forgeign Manager for a UK newspaper, used his yearly 3-month holiday to write each Bond book resulting in 1954's Live and Let Die, 1955's Moonraker, 1956's Diamonds Are Forever, 1957's From Russia with Love, 1958's Dr. No, 1959's Goldfinger, 1960's For Your Eyes Only -- a collection of short Bond stories -- 1961's Thunderball, 1962's The Spy Who Loved Me, 1963's On Her Magesty's Secret Service, and 1964's You Only Live Twice. Fleming was a heavy drinker and smoker and suffered heart disease. He suffered his first heart attack in 1961 and a fatal heart attack in August 1964. His final two books, 1965's The Man with the Golden Gun and 1966's collection of short stories Octopussy and The Living Daylights were published posthumously.

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Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis

With the success and fortune found by Casino Royale, Fleming purchased the small publication company Gildrose Publications, which had only published his novel. Gildrose, latered renamed Ian Fleming Publications in 1999 continues to license the Bond franchise and expand the literary catalogue.

Gildrose planned on having several authors use the pen name "Robert Markham" to continue to scribe more Bond books but the idea was scrapped after only one work, Colonel Sun, was written by English author and Bond fan Kingsley Amis in 1968. Amis also wrote a short story about an elderly Bond returning in a time of crisis, but was refused permission to publish it.

Gildrose produced two novelizations to the EON films, James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me and James Bond and Moonraker in 1977 and 1979, respectively written by Christopher Wood.


John Gardner


After a thirteen year hiatus of original content (and recently after the death of Anne Charteris, Fleming's wife) Gildrose contracted John Gardner to scribe several Bond novels and to bring Bond in the modern 1980s. In 1981 Licence Renewed was published to mediocre critical response and sales. Nevertheless Gardner wrote a total of 16 Bond novels, including two novelizations of feature films. In 1996 Gardner published his last Bond book, COLD.

Raymond Benson

Raymond Benson


After Gardner's departure Raymond Benson was contracted by Gildrose to continue the Bond story. Benson, an American, was accused by fans of Americanizing the series but was also hailed as returning to Fleming's roots more than Gardner had managed. Benson wrote six original Bond novels, starting with 1997's Zero Minus Ten. Benson's novels, like Gardner's, featured James Bond in a modern year. He also wrote three film novelizations and three Bond short stories. In 2002 Benson left the Bond series. He is, to date, the only continuation author to release any short stories.


Sebastian Faulks


Ian Fleming Publications asked British author Sebastian Faulks to pen a new Bond novel in the early 2000's. Faulks delivered a novel set in the 1960's in 2008 titled Devil May Care. Faulks chose to not continue and was replaced with American author Jeffery Deaver who penned Carte Blanche in 2011. In 2013 Ian Fleming Publications announced that William Boyd would pen the thirty-eighth Bond book in time for the 60th literary anniversary. Solo was released in September 2013 in the UK and October 2013 in the US.

In 2014 it was announced that Anthony Horowitz would write the thirty-ninth Bond novel. He would be using previously unreleased material by Fleming as an inspiration. This would take the form of several plot treatments for a James Bond television series that was never made and ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that formed the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights. The book titled Trigger Mortis was released in September 2015.

List of novels

Title Year Author Cover Artist
Casino Royale (First Edition) Casino Royale 1953 Ian Fleming Ian Fleming
Live And Let Die (1st Edition) Live and Let Die 1954 Kenneth Lewis
Moonraker (1st Edition) Moonraker 1955
Diamonds Are Forever (First Edition) Diamonds Are Forever 1956 Pat Marriott
From Russia With Love 1957 From Russia with Love 1957 Richard Chopping
Dr No First Edition Dr. No 1958 Pat Marriott
Goldfinger (novel) first edition Goldfinger 1959 Richard Chopping
ForYourEyesOnlyBook For Your Eyes Only (short stories) 1960
Thunderball (1st Edition) Thunderball 1961
The Spy Who Loved Me (First Edition) The Spy Who Loved Me 1962
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (First Edition) On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1963
You Only Live Twice (1st Edition) You Only Live Twice 1964
The Man With The Golden Gun (First Edition) The Man with the Golden Gun 1965
Octopussy & The Living Daylights (First Edition) Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short stories) 1966
Colonel Sun (First Edition) Colonel Sun 1968 Kingsley Amis Tom Adams
LicenceRenewed Licence Renewed 1981 John Gardner Richard Chopping
ForSpecialServices For Special Services 1982 Bill Botten
Icebreaker Icebreaker 1983
RoleOfHonour Role of Honour 1984 Trevor Scobie
NobodyLiveForever Nobody Lives For Ever 1986
NoDealsMrBond No Deals, Mr. Bond 1987
ScorpiusNovel Scorpius 1988
WinLoseOrDie Win, Lose or Die 1989
Brokenclaw Brokenclaw 1990
Gardneruk 10 The Man from Barbarossa 1991
DeathIsForever Death is Forever 1992
NeverSendFlowers Never Send Flowers 1993
SeaFire SeaFire 1994
ColdNovel COLD 1996
ZeroMinusTen Zero Minus Ten 1997 Raymond Benson David Scutt
FactsOfDeath The Facts of Death 1998
HighTimeToKill High Time to Kill 1999
Doubleshot Doubleshot 2000
NeverDreamOfDying Never Dream of Dying 2001 Steve Stone
RedTattoo The Man with the Red Tattoo 2002
Devil May Care (First Edition) Devil May Care 2008 Sebastian Faulks Kevin Summers
Carte Blanche (First Edition) Carte Blanche 2011 Jeffery Deaver
Solo 1st ed Solo 2013 William Boyd Suzanne Dean
Triggermortis Trigger Mortis 2015 Anthony Horowitz Joy Cohn

List of novelisations

Title Year Author Cover Artist
Jbtswlm James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Christopher Wood Bill Botten
Jbam James Bond and Moonraker 1979
LicenceToKillNovel Licence to Kill 1989 John Gardner Keith Hamshere
Goldeneye 1995 big GoldenEye 1995 Terry O'Neill
TomorrowNeverDiesNovel Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Raymond Benson
World The World is Not Enough 1999
DAD novel Die Another Day 2002

List of spin-off works

Title Year Series Author
003 cover 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior 1967 R.D. Mascott
JamesBondBiography James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007 1973 John Pearson
007SilverFin SilverFin 2005 Young Bond Charlie Higson
BloodFever Blood Fever 2006
DoubleorDie Double or Die 2007
Hurricane Gold Hurricane Gold
By Royal Command By Royal Command 2008
Shoot to Kill Shoot to Kill 2013 Steve Cole
Heads You Die Heads You Die 2016
Guardian Angel -- The Moneypenny Diaries Guardian Angel 2005 The Moneypenny Diaries Samantha Weinberg
Secret Servant -- The Moneypenny Diaries Secret Servant 2006
Final Fling -- The Moneypenny Diaries Final Fling 2008

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