[[caption-width-right:270:Ian Fleming's original sketch impression of James Bond]]

Before 007 toted his Walther PPK on [[Film/JamesBond the silver screen]], he was featured in a series of novels by Creator/IanFleming. The character first appeared in the novel ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' (1953).

The Bond of the books is a much different character than the one in the films, which often parodied or even disregarded their sources. Given that Fleming was born in 1908, and wrote the novels in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] and [[TheSixties 1960s]], [[ValuesDissonance his books do not always display the most politically correct attitudes with regard to sex, race, and imperialism]].

Since Fleming died, other authors have continued the series. These authors include Kingsley Amis (under the pseudonym Robert Markham), John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffery Deaver. There is also a series about a [[Literature/YoungBond Young James Bond]] and one about Moneypenny, called ''The Moneypenny Diaries''.


!! Official Continuation Universe

[[folder: Ian Fleming]]
The original novels and short stories by Creator/IanFleming:
* ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' (April, 1953)
* ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'' (April, 1954)
* ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' (April, 1955)
* ''Literature/DiamondsAreForever'' (March, 1956)
* ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'' (April, 1957)
* ''Literature/DrNo'' (March, 1958)
* ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'' (March, 1959)
* ''Literature/ForYourEyesOnly'' (April, 1960). Short story collection. A couple of the stories had been previously published in magazines.
** "Quantum of Solace" (May, 1959). Story idea suggested by Blanche Blackwell. Story also serves as Fleming's homage to the short stories of W. Somerset Maugham.
** "The Hildebrand Rarity" (March, 1960).
** "From a View to a Kill".
** "For Your Eyes Only". The eponymous story of the collection.
** "Risico".
* ''Literature/{{Thunderball}}'' (March, 1961). First appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
* ''Literature/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' (April, 1962).
* ''Literature/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' (April, 1963). Second appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
* ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (April, 1964). Third and last appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
* ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' (April, 1965).
* ''Literature/OctopussyAndTheLivingDaylights'' (June, 1966). Short story collection. All stories had been previously published in magazines. The original edition included two of them, later editions added the rest.
** "The Living Daylights" (February, 1962)
** "007 in New York" (October, 1963)
** "The Property of a Lady" (November, 1963)
** "Octopussy" (March-April, 1966)

[[folder: Kingsley Amis]]
* ''Literature/ColonelSun'' (March, 1968) by Kingsley Amis, written under the pseudonym Robert Markham.

[[folder: John Gardner]]
* ''Literature/LicenceRenewed'' (1981)
* ''Literature/ForSpecialServices'' (1982)
* ''Literature/{{Icebreaker}}'' (July, 1983).
* ''Literature/RoleOfHonour'' (1984).
* ''Literature/NobodyLivesForEver'' (1986).
* ''Literature/NoDealsMrBond'' (May, 1987).
* ''Literature/{{Scorpius}}'' (June, 1988).
* ''Literature/WinLoseOrDie'' (1989).
* ''Film/LicenceToKill'' (novelization) (non-canon to the books)
* ''Literature/{{Brokenclaw}}'' (1990).
* ''Literature/TheManFromBarbarossa'' (1991).
* ''Literature/DeathIsForever'' (1992).
* ''Literature/NeverSendFlowers'' (1993).
* ''Literature/SeaFire'' (1994).
* ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'' (1995) (novelization) (non-canon to the books)
* ''Literature/{{COLD}}'' (1996), also known as ''Cold Fall''. Gardner retired following this novel, facing health problems.

[[folder: Raymond Benson]]
* "Blast from the Past" (January, 1997). Short story, sequel to ''You Only Live Twice''.
* ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen'' (April, 1997).
* ''Literature/TheFactsOfDeath'' (1998)
* "Midsummer Night's Doom" (January, 1999). Short story. Bond's mission takes him into the Playboy Mansion. Hugh Hefner and Lisa Dergan are prominently featured.
* ''Literature/HighTimeToKill'' (May, 1999).
* "Live at Five" (November, 1999). Short story. Janet Davies, a real-life television reporter, is prominently featured.
* ''Literature/DoubleShot'' (May, 2000). A sequel to ''High Time to Kill''.
* ''Literature/NeverDreamOfDying'' (2001). Continues and concludes the plots of ''High Time to Kill'' and ''[=DoubleShot=]''.
* ''Literature/TheManWithTheRedTattoo'' (May, 2002). Benson resigned his writing duties following the publication of the novelization of ''Die Another Day'', wishing to work on non-series novels.

!! Non-Continuity and Non-Official Continuation

[[folder: One Shots]]
* ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' (May, 2008) by Sebastian Faulks. Set in the 1960s.
* ''Carte Blanche'' (May, 2011) by Jeffery Deaver. A reboot set in the 2010s, where Bond was born c. 1979, and his current mission involves investigating the deaths of his parents, who served as agents during the Cold War.
* ''Solo'' (September, 2013) by William Boyd.
* ''Trigger Mortis'' (September, 2015) by Creator/AnthonyHorowitz. Set just after ''Goldfinger'', it contains small amounts of material written by Fleming.

[[folder:Spin-Offs and Other]]
* ''003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior'' (1967) by R. D. Mascott (pseudonym). The novel covers the adventures of a namesake nephew of Bond.
* ''James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007'' (1973) by John Pearson. A retired James Bond narrates his life story to a biographer.
* ''The Moneypenny Diaries'' -- By Samantha Weinberg, the series features the story of Miss Jane Moneypenny, a supporting character. The stories fit in between some of the original Fleming novels, and offer background and character development to the title character, as well as filling in the blanks of certain eras of Bond's life.
** ''The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel'' (October, 2005). Placed between ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service'' and ''You Only Live Twice''.
** ''Secret Servant: The Moneypenny Diaries'' (November, 2006). Placed within the same period as ''The Man with the Golden Gun''.
** "For Your Eyes Only, James" (November, 2006). Short story, features Moneypenny and Bond sharing a weekend vacation in September, 1956.
** "Moneypenny's First Date with Bond" (November, 2006). Short story, placed prior to ''Casino Royale''. Moneypenny and recently assigned 007 meet for the first time.
** ''The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling'' (May, 2008). Events placed c. 1964, explicitly following ''The Man with the Golden Gun''. Moneypenny is searching for a mole within the Secret Service.
* ''Literature/YoungBond'' -- Features the [[TheThirties 1930s]] adventures of a teenaged James Bond. For more details, see the relevant entry. Originally written by Raymond Higson, the series was later given to Steve Cole.
** ''Literature/SilverFin'' (March, 2005)
** ''Literature/BloodFever'' (January, 2006)
** ''Literature/DoubleOrDie'' (January, 2007)
** ''Literature/HurricaneGold'' (September, 2007)
** ''Literature/ByRoyalCommand'' (September, 2008)
** ''Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier'' (October, 2009) -- A supplementary book, which also features the short story "A Hard Man to Kill".
** ''Shoot to Kill'' (November, 2014)
** ''Heads You Die'' (May, 2016)
** ''Strike Lightning'' (September, 2016)

[[folder:Film Novelizations]]
* ''[[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me]]'' (1977) by Christopher Wood. Quite different from its source, as it added characters and organizations from the Fleming novels to the plot.
* ''[[Film/{{Moonraker}} James Bond and Moonraker]]'' (1979) by Christopher Wood. Mostly faithful to its source, though it excluded part of the film's subplots.
* ''Film/LicenceToKill'' (1989) by John Gardner. Attempted to incorporate the events of the film into the literary Bond's continuity.
* ''Film/GoldenEye'' (1995) by John Gardner. Mostly faithful to its source, expanded certain scenes, dialogues, and character interactions.
* ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' (1997) by Raymond Benson. Attempts to incorporate the events of the film in the literary Bond's continuity. Film characters receive expanded backgrounds, and dialogue. Novel characters are added to the plot.
* ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' (1999) by Raymond Benson. Some details were changed to fit with the literary Bond's continuity. An unnamed assassin from the film received a name and an expanded role.
* ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (2002) by Raymond Benson. Mostly faithful to its source, though Benson changed the geographic setting of certain scenes. The villains, Tan-Sun Moon and Miranda Frost, received more detailed backgrounds, expanded scenes, and additional exploration of their motives.

!!The series contains examples of:

* AbortedArc: Fleming does not continue the SMERSH storyline after ''From Russia With Love'', aside from mention that Auric Goldfinger is actually its foreign treasurer of SMERSH (its role as a NebulousEvilOrganization is practically absent in the novel).
** John Gardner brings SMERSH back in ''Icebreaker'' where [[spoiler:the entire eponymous operation is the organization's gambit to get Bond behind the Russian border where he can be easily delivered to Moscow. Capturing the BigBad was simply a beneficial side effect.]] Furthermore, SMERSH is an active participant in Bond's manhunt in ''Nobody Lives for Ever''. Finally, in ''No Deals, Mr Bond'', the SMERSH storyline ends when [[spoiler:Bond captures Grubozaboyschikov's successor, General Chernov.]]
** SMERSH is also brought back in ''Trigger Mortis'', but as a GreaterScopeVillain who hire the BigBad [[spoiler: to fake the destruction of an American space rocket in New York.]]
* AffectionateParody: Fleming is said to have written the books as a ''parody'' of the spy thrillers of the time.
* AuthorTract: Bond tended to parrot quite a few of Fleming's [[http://www.andmagazine.com/us/14016.html own views,]] sometimes to Fleming's chagrin.
* ArcNumber: 007, naturally.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Fleming intended James Bond's name to be an aversion as he chose it as the most non-descript and boring name imaginable. As it happened, decades of novels and movies have made the name feel anything but those qualities.
* BroadStrokes: While Benson's novels reference some of the elements from Gardner's ''Bond'' novels, he lefts out major things like how Bond was appointed be the leader of the Double-O section (and how before that it was disbanded for over a decade) and his RankUp to a Captain, and [[spoiler:his longtime relationship with Flicka, which ended with her death in ''COLD'']].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The Bond of ''Casino Royale'' is a far more realistic, gritty flawed character than the one shown in the latter books. In turn, the films took the post-''Casino Royale'' character and inflated his traits into the James Bond popularly known today.
* ComicbookTime: Since the ''Bond'' novels are mostly set in the time of their writing, the references to Fleming's works by later writers are usually this. Otherwise references to Bond's adventures from the fifties and sixties would make him over seventy or eighty years old in Benson's novels, which were written in late nineties and early 2000s.
* ContinuitySnarl: John Gardner attempted to reconcile ''Film/LicenceToKill'' despite being a loose adaptation of ''Live and Let Die'', ''The Hildebrand Rarity'', and ''The Man with the Golden Gun'' stories. The result includes such ridiculousness as Felix Leiter getting eaten by a shark twice.
* CutleryEscapeAid: In ''Trigger Mortis'', Bond manages to steal a knife during a dinner provided by Jason Sin, and later uses it help himself to dig out from being buried alive.
* DanBrowned: In real life SMERSH ceased to exist in 1946, at which point its duties were assumed by the NKGB, which eventually became the MGB. SMERSH's depiction in the books is more similar to the KGB.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Hoo boy. Whenever a mook dies, and if he's holding an automatic weapon, chances are it'll keep firing until the ammo runs out.
* DirtyCommunists:
** Since Bond debuted during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, his most frequent nemesis in the early novels is the SMERSH, the Soviet counter-espionage organization whose name was an anagram for "Death to Spies."
** The tradition is continued in Gardner's eighties novels. Perhaps taken to the extreme with Wolfgang Weisen from ''Death is Forever'' who short of ''worships'' Josef Stalin.
* {{Eagleland}}: While the British are aware of and mildly resent the power and rising influence of the CIA and the American government, the latter will help Bond on a mission to the best of their ability. Mostly, any conflict stems from different techniques rather than different goals.
* EvilRedhead: Four main villains (Le Chiffre, Hugo Drax, Auric Goldfinger and Scaramanga) are described as having various shades of red hair.
* FoodPorn: Since the original books were written shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when rationing was still in force (at least in Britain) a lot of the exquisite and fancy food would be the stuff of fantasies for the people reading it. There's even a whole paragraph on Bond eating an avocado pear! The high point is possibly the lovingly described meal that Bond and M eat at M's club in ''{{Literature/Moonraker}}''.
** Subverted in ''{{Literature/Thunderball}}'', in which Bond and Leiter dine in a Bahamian restaurant in which the food is lovingly described on the menu in fancy prose, but Leiter gloomily predicts that it'll probably be crap. [[spoiler: It is, but they eat it anyway because they're hungry.]]
* HerosClassicCar: In the original novels Bond drives a Bentley 4 1/2 liter; the car is variously described as a 1930, 1933, 1935, and 1937 model.
* IconicSequelCharacter: Q (often referred to by his actual name, Boothroyd) doesn't appear until the sixth book.
* InHarmsWay: While Bond hates killing people (unless they absolutely have to be removed from the world), he is bored by non-conflict oriented work, and gladly takes assignments which put him into danger. The former characterization varies between writers, but the latter is always prevalent.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** James Bond starts off being intentionally portrayed as an extremely cold and ruthless ProfessionalKiller. Over the course of the novels, though, he becomes more caring and heroic.
** Many of the villains' henchmen fit this much better.
* MadeOfIron: The first few novels have Bond survive copious amounts of punishment.
* MidSeasonUpgrade:
** In ''Literature/DrNo'', Bond is forced to exchange his Beretta 418 to the Walther PPK after the former's suppressor gets stuck in his trouser waistband while he's fighting [[Literature/FromRussiaWithLove Rosa Klebb]].
** John Gardner's books have Bond change from the PPK to a FN 1900, then several other sidearms before finally settling on the [=ASP9=].
** In ''Carte Blanche'', Bond carries the PPK's modern successor, the PPS, in .40 S&W.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: SMERSH (anti-espionage communists) and SPECTRE (criminals), while portrayed relatively realistically, fill these roles in Fleming's novels. Other writers introduced The Union (criminals/terrorists for hire), BAST (terrorists for hire) and COLD (fascists).
* NonviolentInitialConfrontation: A commonplace in the series. Creator/UmbertoEco calls this the "First Check" scene in the novels.
* ProductPlacement: Hoo boy - Ian Fleming was the ''original'' walking advertisement. Apparently, dropping brand-name products left and right was still considered cutting-edge back in TheFifties (Kingsley Amis even dubbed it the "Fleming Effect").
* RealMenTakeItBlack: In the books Bond, unlike almost [[SpotOfTea every other British person in the universe]], ''hates'' tea, preferring black coffee.
* {{Retcon}}: Overlaps with ComicBookTime and SeriesContinuityError. In the early novels, we are given the impression that Bond has worked for the Secret Service since "before" WW2 (indeed, the Soviet's file on Bond in ''From Russia With Love'' states that he joined the Service in 1938). This is retconned by Bond's obituary (and official biography) in ''You Only Live Twice'', according to which Bond enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1941 as a teenager, and only joined the Service after the war. Presumably, this was done to de-age the character.
* SeriesContinuityError:
** In the first novel ''Casino Royale'', Bond is eight years away from compulsory retirement from '00' Section at 45. The remaining novels certainly take place over a period of more than eight years, making this a case of ComicBookTime too. Additionally, in ''Casino Royale'' Bond recalls facing off against enemy agents over a gaming table before the war. However, his obituary in ''You Only Live Twice'' indicates that he joined the secret service after leaving the Navy at the end of WorldWarTwo, and that he enlisted at the age of 20 or 21. Of course, the latter ''could'' be a [[WatsonianVersusDoylist falsified report]]....
*** Yes and no depending on whether you class the non-Fleming books as canon. That line about him being eight years shy of his retirement age was actually from ''Moonraker,'' which would put Bond's age at approximately 34-35 in ''Casino Royale.'' If you go by the publication dates (1953 to 1966) then it places Bond snugly on or around 45 in ''The Living Daylights''. ''However'' he also states in ''Moonraker'' that he goes on at least two dangerous missions a year, which by that logic would place Bond around 42-43 in the final book.
** John Gardner's novels abandon the ''00'' section in its entirety, but M, of course, still refers to his favorite agent as 007. And then the ''Goldeneye'' novelization comes along with 006 as the key character of a flashback...
*** Benson's novels also reinstate the ''00'' section, outright ignoring most of Gardner's canon.
* SexySecretary: Moneypenny, Mary Goodnight. Averted with the 00-section's secretary Loelia Ponsonby, whom all the 00s are in love with but she refuses to get involved with anyone who might be dead next week, so out of ego they call her "frigid". Bond still "wondered why he bothered with other women when the most darling of them all was his secretary."
* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: Although this may arguably apply to some (not all) of the Bond movies, this trope is actually averted by Fleming, who consistently depicts Bond as someone who doesn't actually enjoy killing people (with [[spoiler: Blofeld]] being a possible exception, due to [[ItsPersonal the personal tie]]). Several books and stories even have Bond ruminating about the morality of what he does.
* SpyFiction: Starts out as Stale Beer Type of Spy Fiction in ''Casino Royale''. Fleming's Bond has all the ingredients of the Martini flavored one but the world is still profoundly grim and depressing. The series would get lighter with each new book. By the time Raymond Benson took over as the author, the series had gone well into full-on Martini mode.
* TheSyndicate:
** SPECTRE. Fleming was worried that Cold War villains would get outdated and invented the organization as a politically neutral replacement for SMERSH. Their membership apparently consists of big names in the Mafia, the Unione Corse, various SecretPolice forces, and, well, SMERSH. Apparently all those disparate groups can reconcile vastly different ideologies under the [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily common banner of world domination]].
** To hear novels tell it, SMERSH itself was one of these. They have no compunction against working with gangsters like Mr. Big, career criminals like Goldfinger, or serial killers like Red Grant (not as unlikely as it sounds- the US, at least, has historically used crime lords as intelligence agents).
* ATankardOfMooseUrine: M has a fondness for an extremely rough Algerian red wine nicknamed "the Infuriator". His club keeps bottles of it in their cellar for him, but refuses to include it on the wine list.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Bond encounters his share of former Nazis and Hitler-wannabes. The fate of Nazis and Nazi scientists in the Cold War is touched upon in several novels.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Eggs for Bond, a fondness he shared with Fleming himself.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Usually inverted. Bond doesn't bat an eye killing [[BigBad Big Bads]] and their [[TheDragon Dragons]], but he is often quite reluctant to kill lowly mooks and/or agonizes about it afterwards. Not always, though.