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The name is Bond...James Bond


In the world of espionage fiction and feature films, the name James Bond is iconic. Created by author Ian Fleming in 1952 and first seeing publication in 1953, Bond is an operative of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6. His code number 007 marks him as an intelligence officer in the "00" section -- giving him a license to kill in the name of the British government. In the books, Bond is a cold, professional operative, with a penchant for recreational drinking and smoking. He doesn't stand out...making it easy for him to infiltrate and investigate without immediately bringing attention to himself. In the movies based on Fleming's books, and later written originally for the screen, Bond takes on slightly more mythic qualities, and is less of a situational chameleon and more of a "super secret agent". Fleming's novels, set in the 1960s, were huge bestsellers, and after Fleming's death, his literary estate continued the novels (albeit with gaps of several years) with other authors. The films, which began with 1962's adaptation of Dr. No, started with somewhat serious attempts to adapt the books, and then veered back and forth from campy (James Bond in space [Moonraker]), to overblown action sequences, to serious, legitimate espionage stories. The film series, which thus far has featured 6 actors as 007, is the longest-running film series to feature the same character, and the second-most-financially successful literary-based film series in motion picture history, after the Harry Potter movies.

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The Originals - 1953 - 1964 [Ian Fleming]

Ian Fleming wrote twelve novels featuring Bond, plus two short story collections. These books appeared from 1953 to 1966, with the final novel and short story collection being released after Fleming's own death in 1964. The first short story collection, For Your Eyes Only, includes several stories adapted from script outlines Fleming had been commissioned to write for a potential TV series featuring Bond (which never came to pass). The short story collections have been altered, in reprint volumes, over the years, even coming out in an omnibus edition that included all the short works together. This list shows the books in chronological order of how they originally appeared. Ian Fleming passed away in 1964.

book cover Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming [1953]

book cover Live and Let Die
by Ian Fleming [1954]

book cover Moonraker
by Ian Fleming [1955]

book cover Diamonds Are Forever
by Ian Fleming [1956]

book cover From Russia, With Love
by Ian Fleming [1957]

book cover Dr. No
by Ian Fleming [1958]

book cover Goldfinger
by Ian Fleming [1959]

book cover For Your Eyes Only
by Ian Fleming [1960]

Short story collection containing: "From a View to a Kill", "For Your Eyes Only", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico" and "The Hildebrand Rarity".

book cover Thunderball
by Ian Fleming [1961]

book cover The Spy Who Loved Me
by Ian Fleming [1962]

book cover On Her Majesty's Secret Service
by Ian Fleming [1963]

book cover You Only Live Twice
by Ian Fleming [1963]

book cover The Man With the Golden Gun
by Ian Fleming [1965]

book cover Octopussy and The Living Daylights
by Ian Fleming [1966]

Short story collection containing: "Octopussy", "The Living Daylights", "The Property of a Lady" and "007 in New York".

1968 - 1979

After the last Fleming book, and before author John Gardner was contracted to continue the series, only three "official" novels came out. The owners of the James Bond rights, Ian Fleming Publications, contracted with author Kingsley Amis to write one novel, Colonel Sun, which was released under the pseudonym Robert Markham. Screenwriter Christopher Wood wrote novelizations of the scripts to the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, both of which differed dramatically from Fleming's original novels with those same titles. Both of the novelizations are set in the era in which the films were released.

book cover Colonel Sun
by Kingsley Amis, writing as Robert Markham [1968]

book cover James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me
by Christopher Wood [1977]

Original novelization of the Roger Moore movie The Spy Who Loved Me, by its screenwriter

book cover James Bond and Moonraker
by Christopher Wood [1979]

Original novelization of the Roger Moore movie Moonraker, by its screenwriter

1979 - 1996 [John Gardner]

For seventeen years, from 1979 to 1996, British spy and thriller novelist John Gardner was contracted by Ian Fleming Publications to official continue the series of James Bond stories. He produced 14 original novels, plus the novelizations of two of the Bond films. Gardner set his stories in contemporary times (the 1980s and 1990s), rather than back in the 1960s, when Fleming's novels were set. Technology, language and culture were updated to "modern times". Gardner also changed a lot of what fans considered essential Bond elements -- his weapons, his vehicles, etc. -- bringing Bond into a newer era. Due to the success of the books in the American market, a lot of British terminology was dropped in favor of Americanisms. Gardner's one concession to any kind of continuity with Fleming's books was that his own Bond novels picked Bond up at approximately the same age he would have been at the end of the last Fleming story, but ignored the 15 years that had passed in the interim. Gardner stopped writing Bond novels in 1996 due to declining health. John Gardner passed away in 2007.

book cover License Renewed
by John Gardner [1981]

book cover For Special Services
by John Gardner [1982]

book cover Icebreaker
by John Gardner [1983]

book cover Role of Honor
by John Gardner [1984]

book cover Nobody Lives for Ever
by John Gardner [1986]

book cover No Deals, Mr. Bond
by John Gardner [1987]

book cover Scorpius
by John Gardner [1988]

book cover Win, Lose or Die
by John Gardner [1989]

book cover License to Kill
by John Gardner [1989]

(novelization of the Timothy Dalton film)

book cover Brokenclaw
by John Gardner [1990]

book cover The Man From Barbarossa
by John Gardner [1991]

book cover Death is Forever
by John Gardner [1992]

book cover Never Send Flowers
by John Gardner [1993]

book cover SeaFire
by John Gardner [1994]

book cover GoldenEye
by John Gardner [1995]

(novelization of the Pierce Brosnan film)

book cover Cold Fall
by John Gardner [1996]

1995 - 2002 [Raymond Benson]

American author Raymond Benson was the next writer contracted to write authorized Bond novels. He had previously written the non-fiction volume The James Bond Bedside Companion. From 1997 to 2002, Benson wrote six original novels, three novelizations of Bond movies (all from the Pierce Brosnan era), and three official short stories -- two for Playboy and one for TV Guide. Benson's Bond novels were also set in the era in which they were being published, with up-to-date technology and cultural references.

"Blast From the Past"
by Raymond Benson [1997]

(Short Story -- appeared in the January 1997 issue of Playboy magazine - available on microfiche at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown)

book cover Zero Minus Ten
by Raymond Benson [1997]

book cover Tomorrow Never Dies
by Raymond Benson [1997]

(novelization of the Pierce Brosnan film)

book cover The Facts of Death
by Raymond Benson [1998]

"Midsummer Night's Doom"
by Raymond Benson [1999]

(Short Story -- appeared in the January 1999 issue of Playboy magazine - available on microfiche at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown)

book cover High Time to Kill
by Raymond Benson [1999]

book cover The World is Not Enough
by Raymond Benson [1999]

(novelization of the Pierce Brosnan film)

"Live at Five"
by Raymond Benson [1999]

(Short Story in the November 13-19 1999 issue of TV Guide magazine)

book cover Double Shot
by Raymond Benson [2000]

book cover Never Dream of Dying
by Raymond Benson [2001]

book cover The Man With the Red Tattoo
by Raymond Benson [2002]

book cover Die Another Day
by Raymond Benson [2002]

(novelization of the Pierce Brosnan film)

2003 to present

After Benson ended his run, there was a six-year gap before a new Bond adventure appeared. In 2008, on what would have been Fleming's 100th birthday, Devil May Care appeared from British author Sebastian Faulks. This was followed in 2011 by Carte Blanche, by American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver. The most recent authorized novel was Solo in 2013 by author William Boyd.

book cover Devil May Care
by Sebastian Faulks [2008]

book cover Carte Blanche
by Jeffery Deaver [2011]

book cover Solo
by William Boyd [2013]

The Moneypenny Diaries -- 2005 - 2008

Set in the 1960s continuity of Ian Fleming's original novels, this trio of books was an authorized spin-off, focusing on M's loyal secretary/personal assistant Miss Moneypenny. These were set in the original 1960s continuity of the Fleming novels.

book cover The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel
by Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook [2005]

book cover The Moneypenny Diaries: Secret Servant
by Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook [2006]

"For Your Eyes Only, James"
by Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook [2006]

(Short Story in Tatler magazine)

"Moneypenny's First Date With Bond"
by Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook [2006]

(Short Story in The Spectator magazine)

book cover The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling
by Samantha Weinberg, writing as Kate Westbrook [2008]

Young Bond -- 2005 - 2009

Charlie Higson's Young Bond novels take the limited references to Bond's pre-spy life that are scattered throughout Fleming's novels, and place James at the Eton boarding school, where he has a number of adventures that help him formulate the personality and behavior that he later exhibits in Fleming's original novels. These stories are set in the 1930s, and remain remarkably true to the spirit of Fleming's hero, albeit in teenaged form.

book cover SilverFin
by Charlie Higson [2005]

book cover Blood Fever
by Charlie Higson [2006]

book cover Double or Die
by Charlie Higson [2007]

book cover Hurricane Gold
by Charlie Higson [2007]

book cover By Royal Command
by Charlie Higson [2008]

book cover SilverFin
by Charlie Higson and Kevin Walker [2008]

Graphic Novel adaptation of Higson's first Young Bond novel, with art by Kevin Walker.

book cover Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier
by Charlie Higson and Kevin Walker [2009]

Non-fiction look at the world of Young Bond, with art by Kevin Walker. Includes an all-original short story, "A Hard Man to Kill".

The Films

After a couple of production companies and studios passed on turning James Bond into a film franchise, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and his EON Productions managed to secure the support of United Artists, and production began in 1961 on the first James Bond film, Dr. No, which was released to great success in 1962. Since then, EON Productions has released 23 official James Bond films, with the 23rd (Skyfall) released in 2012, and a 24th in pre-production.

The series of "official" films has featured six different actors as Bond. Sean Connery came first, appearing in 6 films, interrupted briefly by George Lazenby for a single film. Connery reprised the role in 1983's Never Say Never Again, a remake of Thunderball for an alternate production company -- thus it is not considered part of the "official" series of films. Roger Moore was third, appearing in 7 films. Timothy Dalton took the role for two films, followed by Pierce Brosnan for four. The current Bond is Daniel Craig, who (as of 2012) has appeared in 3 films.

Regular recurring supporting roles include Bond's superior, "M" (played by Bernard Lee from Dr. No (1962) to Moonraker (1979), Robert Brown from Octopussy (1983) to License to Kill (1989), and Judi Dench from GoldenEye (1995) to the most recent Skyfall (2012). "Q" (also known early on as Major Boothroyd) is the head of the Q Branch, MI6's arms and technology division. "Q" frequently provides a bit of comic relief, as he equips Bond for his latest forays into the field. "Q" has been played by Peter Burton in Dr. No (1962), Desmond Llewelyn in From Russia With Love (1963) through The World is Not Enough (1999) -- making Llewelyn the actor with the longest continuous assocation with the Bond franchise), John Cleese in Die Another Day (2002), and Ben Wishaw takes over the roll in Skyfall (2012). Miss Moneypenny, the personal assistant/secretary to "M", appears in most of the films, trading witty banter with James in "M's" office. She has been played by Lois Maxwell in Dr. No (1962) through A View to a Kill (1985), Caroline Bliss in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989), and Samantha Bond in GoldenEye (1995) through Die Another Day (2002). That character did not appear again until the third Daniel Craig film, Skyfall (2012), as Eve, a field agent. Finally, among recurring characters, is Felix Leiter, Bond's American colleague who works for the CIA. Leiter has been played by six different actors, including Jack "Hawaii 5-O" Lord in Dr. No (1962). David Hedison played him twice, in Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989). In the new Daniel Craig era, Leiter has been played twice by actor Geoffrey Wright.

book cover Dr. No [1962]
starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover From Russia With Love [1963]
starring Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Goldfinger [1964]
starring Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Harold Sakata

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Thunderball [1965]
starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Rick van Nutter, Luciana Paluzzi

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover You Only Live Twice [1967]
starring Sean Connery, Tetsuro Tanba, Donald Pleasance, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover On Her Majesty's Secret Service [1969]
starring George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Diamonds Are Forever [1971]
starring Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Live and Let Die [1973]
starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jany Seymour, Julius Harris, Geoffrey Holder, David Hedison

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover The Man With the Golden Gun [1974]
starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lead, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Herve Villechaize, Soon-Tek Oh

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover The Spy Who Loved Me [1977]
starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Walter Gotell

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Moonraker [1979]
starring Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Corinne Clery

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover For Your Eyes Only [1981]
starring Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Julian Glover, Lynn Holly-Johnson

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Octopussy [1983]
starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jordan, Kabir Bedi

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover A View to a Kill [1985]
starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover The Living Daylights [1987]
starring Timothy Dalton, Maryam D'Abo, Jeroen Krabbe, Joe Don Baker, John Rhys-Davies, Art Malik

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Licence to Kill [1989]
starring Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe, David Hedison

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover GoldenEye [1995]
starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Isabella Scorupa, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Robbie Coltrane, Gottfried John, Alan Cumming

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Tomorrow Never Dies [1997]
starring Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Terri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Joe Don Baker, Vincent Schiavelli

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover The World is Not Enough [1999]
starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robert Coltrane

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Die Another Day [2002]
starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yun, Michael Madsen, Will Yun Lee

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Casino Royale [2006]
starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Geoffrey Wright, Giancarlo Gianini, Catarina Murino

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Quantum of Solace [2008]
starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Geoffrey Wright, Giancarlo Gianini

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Skyfall [2012]
starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Benenice Marlohe

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

Non-Official Films or Appearances

book cover Casino Royale [1954]
starring Barry Nelson

Episode of the U.S. television series "Climax", which featured American actor Barry Nelson as an American Jimmy Bond, and his friend and colleague Felix Leiter as a British agent. The success of this TV episode led to Ian Fleming being commissioned to write several more Bond stories for a potential TV series to feature the character. That series was dropped, and the Fleming stories went into his first short story collection, For Your Eyes Only.

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Casino Royale [1967]
starring David Niven, Peter Sellars, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Joanna Pettet and more...

Comedic, farcical spy spoof, featuring multiple James Bond impersonators, David Niven as an elderly "real" Bond, Mata Hari and various other mad-cap twists. Considered by most Bond fans to be an unfortunate mistake, and by Woody Allen to be one of his biggest embarrassments, but with a terrific score by Burt Bacharach and a memorable theme song featuring Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

book cover Never Say Never Again [1983]
starring Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carerra, Max Von Sydow, Bernie Casey

Due to complicated rights issues, producers other than EON Productions ended up creating this remake of Thunderball, and convinced Sean Connery to play Bond one last time, although Roger Moore was already well-established in the role in the "official" films. This is a well-made film, but not considered to be part of any official film continuity.

     [ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

2012 London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony [2012]
starring Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II

Semi-serious, semi-spoof opening to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London features Daniel Craig as James Bond meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and flying with her by helicopter to Olympic Stadium, where stunt doubles for both individuals parachute into the stadium and Queen Elizabeth II steps out to officially open the XXXth Summer Games on July 27, 2012.


Compiled August 2012 sdc / last updated January 2014

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