There are currently 37 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.
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.
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.
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 and retired from writing due to his poor health.
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 Amis or 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.
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.
Ian Fleming Publications has announced that William Boyd will pen the next Bond book, Solo, set to be released in 2013.
List of novels and short story collections
List of novels
|Casino Royale||1953||Ian Fleming|
|Live and Let Die||1954|
|Diamonds Are Forever||1956|
|From Russia with Love||1957|
|For Your Eyes Only (short stories)||1960|
|The Spy Who Loved Me||1962|
|On Her Majesty's Secret Service||1963|
|You Only Live Twice||1964|
|The Man with the Golden Gun||1965|
|Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short stories)||1966|
|Colonel Sun||1968||Kingsley Amis|
|Licence Renewed||1981||John Gardner|
|For Special Services||1982|
|Role of Honour||1984|
|Nobody Lives For Ever||1986|
|No Deals, Mr. Bond||1987|
|Win, Lose or Die||1989|
|The Man from Barbarossa||1991|
|Death is Forever||1992|
|Never Send Flowers||1993|
|Zero Minus Ten||1997||Raymond Benson|
|The Facts of Death||1998|
|High Time to Kill||1999|
|Never Dream of Dying||2001|
|The Man with the Red Tattoo||2002|
|Devil May Care||2008||Sebastian Faulks|
|Carte Blanche||2011||Jeffery Deaver|
List of novelisations
|James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me||1977||Christopher Wood|
|James Bond and Moonraker||1979|
|Licence to Kill||1989||John Gardner|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||1997||Raymond Benson|
|The World is Not Enough||1999|
|Die Another Day||2002|
List of spin-off works
|003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior||1967||R.D. Mascott|
|James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007||1973||John Pearson|
|SilverFin||2005||Young Bond||Charlie Higson|
|Double or Die||2007|
|By Royal Command||2008|
|Guardian Angel||2005||The Moneypenny Diaries||Samantha Weinberg|