James Bond Books: All About Them


The infamous “James Bond” was first created in form of a novel series by Ian Fleming, He published 14 novels himself, and his work was carried out even after his death. Starting off let’s take a look into the books that were written by the original author himself

  • 1953 Casino Royale
  • 1954 Live and Let Die
  • 1955 Moonraker
  • 1956 Diamonds Are Forever
  • 1957 From Russia, with Love
  • 1958 Dr. No
  • 1959 Goldfinger
  • 1960 For Your Eyes Only (short stories)
  • 1961 Thunderball
  • 1962 The Spy Who Loved Me
  • 1963 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • 1964 You Only Live Twice
  • 1965 The Man with the Golden Gun
  • 1966 Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short stories; “The Property of a Lady” added to subsequent editions)
A Youtuber Ranking Ian Fleming’ Books

Ian Fleming died in the August of 1964, but as we said the work on James Bond was carried on by many other authors. Let’s take a look at the books that were written after Ian Fleming’s death

Gardener
  • 1981 Licence Renewed
  • 1982 For Special Services
  • 1983 Icebreaker
  • 1984 Role of Honour
  • 1986 Nobody Lives for Ever
  • 1987 No Deals, Mr. Bond
  • 1988 Scorpius
  • 1989 Win, Lose or Die
  • 1989 Licence to Kill (novelisation)
  • 1990 Brokenclaw
  • 1991 The Man from Barbarossa
  • 1992 Death is Forever
  • 1993 Never Send Flowers
  • 1994 SeaFire
  • 1995 GoldenEye (novelisation)
  • 1996 Cold
Raymond Bensen
  • 1997 “Blast From the Past”[56] (short story)
  • 1997 Zero Minus Ten[57]
  • 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies[36] (novelisation)
  • 1998 The Facts of Death[58]
  • 1999 “Midsummer Night’s Doom”[59] (short story)
  • 1999 “Live at Five”[60] (short story)
  • 1999 The World Is Not Enough[36] (novelisation)
  • 1999 High Time to Kill[61]
  • 2000 DoubleShot[62]
  • 2001 Never Dream of Dying[63]
  • 2002 The Man with the Red Tattoo[64]
  • 2002 Die Another Day[36] (novelisation)
Sebastian Faulks 
  • 2008 Devil May Care
  • 2011 Carte Blanche
  • 2013 Solo
  • 2015 Trigger Mortis
  • 2018 Forever and a Day

How Many Total Books Of James Bond Are There?

There have been a total of 47 James Bond books, it is anticipated that further books of James Bond will be released in the future yet too. This is another amazing thing about James Bond as every new book starts with a completely new mission and covers a different story so there doesn’t need to be much of a context

In What Order Should You Read James Bond Books?

A picture of James Bond books by Ian Fleming

If you are thinking of sarting reading James Bond, you should start from Ian Fleming’s original books and then you can move on to other books if you are interested. So the order would go as following

  • 1953 Casino Royale
  • 1954 Live and Let Die
  • 1955 Moonraker
  • 1956 Diamonds Are Forever
  • 1957 From Russia, with Love
  • 1958 Dr. No
  • 1959 Goldfinger
  • 1960 For Your Eyes Only (short stories)
  • 1961 Thunderball
  • 1962 The Spy Who Loved Me
  • 1963 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • 1964 You Only Live Twice
  • 1965 The Man with the Golden Gun
  • 1966 Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short stories; “The Property of a Lady” added to subsequent editions)

And after you have read these books in the give order, you can go on to read the other books in nearly any order you like

Who Wrote James Bond?

The original author of James Bond was Ian Fleming, but there had been other authors after his death who have continued his legacy. Down below is the list of all of the James Bond authors that we have had

  • Ian Fleming
  • Gardener
  • Raymond Bensen
  • Sebastian Faulks 

So until now, there have been a total of 4 James Bond authors and all of them have commulatively wrote a total of 47 books. moreover, it is expected that this lineage of making James Bond books isn’t going to stop anytime soon

How Is James Bond Described In The Books?

James Bond 6 feet tall ( 183 centimeters ) male with a slim build and a 3 inch- long vertical scar on his right cheek. Moreover, he is described to have blue-grey eyes, black hair, and weight of around 78 kilograms

Who Is James Bond Now?

James Bond is nowadays played by Daniel Craig, he has been playing James Bond for the past 4 movies and the latest James Bond movie that is planned to be released by the end of 2020 also offers Daniel Craig as the main character

Why Is James Bond Famous?

This is a fictional character that has somewhat become the epitome of badassery, he goes around killing the bad guys, is surrounded by beautiful women, and lives an exciting life of an agent. This level of excitement in life is something that most people can only dream of having, which is one of the reasons for the popularity of the James Bond saga

Does James Bond Have a License To Kill?

Yes, James Bond does has a license to kill, but he uses his license to kill only deserving and bad people. In Ian Fleming’s books, James Bond killed 39 people

Does James Bond Smoke?

Yes, James Bond does smoke moreso in the novels then in the movies. In the books he is shown to be a heavy smoker, who shoves down 60 to 70 cigarettes in a day, whereas, in the movies he is not shown to smoke that much as he is shown smoking in only 11 of the 26 movies

Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering some of your James Bond related questions. In case you have any other related questions feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to go through some of the interesting facts about James Bond, factcity has a great article written on just that so do give it a look, here is the link if you are interested. “26 Brilliant James Bond Facts”  And last but not the least if you want a list of James Bond Movies, we have a great article on that too, here is the link if you want to give that a look too. “List Of James Bond Movies: All Of Them

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