Several of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels have been adapted into radio dramas since the mid-1950s.

The first radio dramatisation of a Bond novel was Moonraker was broadcast on South African radio as early as 1956, with Bob Holness providing the voice of Bond. The BBC produced its first radio adaptation of a Fleming novel, You Only Live Twice in 1990. Michael Jayston starred as James Bond.

In May 2008 the first of six new radio plays by the BBC with Toby Stephens voicing James Bond was broadcast on the BBC Radio 4, Dr. No. It was part of the centenary celebration of Fleming's birth. Subsequent productions have included; Goldfinger (2010), From Russia, With Love (2012), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (2014), Diamonds Are Forever (2015), Thunderball (2016).

An adaptation of Moonraker has been announced to be set for release sometime in 2018.[1]

Recurring Cast

Character Radio Play
Moonraker You Only Live Twice Dr. No Goldfinger From Russia, With Love On Her Majesty's Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Thunderball
James Bond Bob Holness Michael Jayston Toby Stephens
M David King John Standing
Miss Moneypenny Janie Dee Janie Dee Janie Dee
Q Peter Capaldi Julian Sands Julian Sands
Felix Leiter Lloyd Owen Josh Stamberg
Ernst Stavro Blofeld Ronald Herdman Alfred Molina Alfred


Irma Bunt Maxine Audley Joanna Lumley
Tracy Bond Emma Gregory Lisa Dillon

Several actors who have starred in Bond films have also voiced characters in the radio plays. Burt Kwouk voiced Ando in You Only Live Twice as well as Mr. Ling in Goldfinger in 1964 and SPECTRE Number 3 in the loose film adaptation of You Only Live Twice in 1967. Joanna Lumley had a small role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as one of Blofeld's Angels of Death.

Rosamund Pike, who voiced Pussy Galore previously played Miranda Frost in Die Another Day alongside her co-star Toby Stephens, who played Gustav Graves. Tim Pigott-Smith played the British Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Quantum of Solace.

Producer Martin Jarvis, who voices Ian Fleming read an audiobook version of You Only Live Twice. Likewise Rosamund Pike read an audiobook of The Spy Who Loved Me and Joanna Lumley made abridged versions of Casino Royale, Live and Let Die and Diamonds Are Forever. Toby Stephens also read the Carte Blanche audio book.


  1. The Man with the Golden Microphone: Exclusive Interview with Martin Jarvis - Artistic Licence Renewed

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