Before 007 toted his Walther PPK on the silver screen, he featured in a series of novels by Ian Fleming. The character first appeared in the novel Casino Royale (1953). 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 Jeffrey Deaver. There is also a series about a Young James Bond written by Charlie Higson and one about Moneypenny by Samantha Weinberg under the name Katie Westbrook (called "The Moneypenny Diaries").The Bond of the books is much different character in the films, which often parodied or even disregarded their sources. Given that Fleming was born in 1908, and wrote the novels in the 1950s and 1960s, his books do not always display the most politically correct attitudes with regard to sex, race, and imperialism.
For Your Eyes Only (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.
Thunderball (March, 1961). First appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The Spy Who Loved Me (April, 1962).
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (April, 1963). Second appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
You Only Live Twice (April, 1963). Third and last appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The Man with the Golden Gun (April, 1965).
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (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)
Early continuation novels
Following the death of Fleming in 1964, several authors began work on continuations. Most of them one-shot ones.
003˝: The Adventures of James Bond Junior (1967) by R. D. Mascott (pseudonym). The novel covers the adventures of a namesake nephew of Bond.
Colonel Sun (March, 1968) by Kingsley Amis.
James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007 (1973) by John Pearson. A retired James Bond narrates his life story to a biographer.
James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) by Christopher Wood. Novelization of the film, quite different from its source. It added characters and organizations from the Fleming novels to the plot.
James Bond and Moonraker (1979) by Christopher Wood. Novelization of the film. Mostly faithful to its source, though it excluded part of the film's subplots.
Novels by John Gardner
Licence Renewed (1981)
For Special Services (1982). First appearance of Nena Blofeld.
Icebreaker (July, 1983).
Role of Honour (1984).
Nobody Lives for Ever (1986).
No Deals, Mr. Bond (May, 1987).
Scorpius (June, 1988).
Win, Lose or Die (1989).
Licence to Kill (1989). Novelization of the film. Attempted to incorporate the events of the film into the literary Bond's continuity.
The Man from Barbarossa (1991).
Death Is Forever (1992).
Never Send Flowers (1993).
GoldenEye (1995). Novelization of the film. Mostly faithful to its source, expanded certain scenes, dialogues, and character interactions.
COLD (1996), also known as Cold Fall . Gardner retired following this novel, facing health problems.
Novels and short stories by Raymond Benson
Blast from the Past (January, 1997). Short story, sequel to You Only Live Twice.
Zero Minus Ten (April, 1997).
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Novelization of the film. 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.
Tomorrow Never Dies (May, 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.
High Time to Kill (May, 1999).
The World Is Not Enough (1999). Novelization of the film. 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.
Live at Five (November, 1999). Short story. Janet Davies, a real-life television reporter, is prominently featured.
DoubleShot (May, 2000). A sequel to High Time to Kill.
Never Dream of Dying (2001). Continues and concludes the plots of High Time to Kill and ''DoubleShot.
The Man with the Red Tattoo (May, 2002).
Die Another Day (2002). Novelization of the film. 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. Benson resigned his writing duties following its publication, wishing to work on non-series novels.
Novels and short stories by Charlie Higson
Part of the Young Bond series, featuring the 1930s adventures of a teenaged James Bond. For more details, see the relevant entry.
Blood Fever (2006)
Double or Die (January, 2007)
Hurricane Gold (September, 2007)
By Royal Command (September, 2008)
A Hard Man to Kill (October, 2009). Short story. So far, the last original work in this sub-series.
Novels and short stories by Samantha Weinberg
Part of "The Moneypenny Diaries". Features the story of Miss Jane Moneypenny, a supporting character of the Fleming novels. The stories fit in between some of the original Fleming novels. They offer background and character development to the title character. And fill 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 seaching for a mole within the Secret Service.
Late continuation novels
The Bond publishers commissioned further (adult) Bond novels, but so-far they have been one-shot efforts.
Devil May Care (May, 2008) by Sebastian Faulks. Set in the 1960s.
Carte Blanche (May, 2011) by Jeffery Deaver. Set in the 2010s. Features a Continuity Reboot. Bond was born c. 1979, and his current mission involves investigating the deaths of his parents. Who served as Cold War agents.
Aborted Arc: Fleming does not continue SMERSH storyline after From Russia With Love.
Auric Goldfinger is actually the foreign treasurer of SMERSH, however its role as a Nebulous Evil Organization is practically absent.
Affectionate Parody: Fleming is said to have written the books as a parody of the spy thrillers of the time.
Air Vent Passageway: Subverted in Dr. No. The air vent system is purposely designed to allow passage by a man... but as an endurance-course, to see how much pain a man can endure, through mounting physical challenges—which are also psychologically testing Bond, as they get more horrific. Ending with Bond having to fight a Kraken.
Anti Air: Bond uses a Bofor's anti-aircraft gun to shoot down Spang's helicopter in Diamonds are Forever.
Author Tract: Bond tended to parrot quite a few of Fleming's own views, sometimes to Fleming's chagrin.
Awesome McCoolname: 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.
Big Bad: In order: Le Chiffre, Mr Big, Hugo, Jack and Seraffimo Spang, Rosa Klebb, Dr Julius No, Auric Goldfinger, Emilio Largo (is The Dragon to Ernst Stavro Blofeld), Sol Horror and Sluggsy Morant (both dragons to Mr Sanguinetti who doesn't appear at all), Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Francisco Scaramanga, Colonel Sun Liang-tan, Sigmund Stromberg, Hugo Drax, Dr Anton Murik, Nena Bismaquer, Count Konrad von Glöda/Aarne Tudeer, Jay Autem Holy and Tamil Rahani, Tamil Rahani, General Konstantin Nikolaevich Chernov, Vladimir Scorpius, Bassam Baradj, Franz Sanchez, "Brokenclaw" Lee Fu-Chu, General Yevgeny Yuskovich, Wolfgang Weisen, David Dragonpol, Sir Maxwell Tarn, Alex Trevelyan, General Brutus Clay, Guy Thackeray, Elliot Carver, Hera Volopoulos, Elektra King, Roland Marquis (The Dragon to Le Gerant), Domingo Espada (The Dragon to Le Gerant), Le Gerant, Goro Yoshida, Colonel Moon/Gustav Graves, Lord Randolph Hellebore, Count Ugo Carnifex, Irina Sedova, El Huracán, Dr Perseus Friend, Dr Julius Gorner, Severan Hydt.
Blessed with Suck: Bond's feelings on being a 00—it's a high tension job filled with physical hardship.
Book Safe: In From Russia, With Love, Red Grant has a gun hidden inside a copy of War and Peace.
In Goldfinger, Bond hides his Walther PPK inside a hollowed out copy of The Bible Designed To Be Read As Literature.
Cold War: Bond's most frequent nemesis is the SMERSH, the Soviet counter-espionage organization whose name was an anagram for "Death to Spies."
Cruel and Unusual Death: Dr. No is buried under a pile of bird shit, Mr.Big is eaten alive by sharks and barracudas, an asshole millionaire in The Hildebrand Rarity has a poisonous fish shoved down his throat, one of Blofeld's henchmen is killed by throwing him down a bobsled track in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and another one is minced by a fan. All of the suicides in You Only Live Twice qualify too. James Bond escapes quite a few too.
Dark Lord On Life Support: After tangling with Bond in Role of Honour SPECTRE head Tamil Rahani ends up hooked up to a life support machine and is slowly dying. The conflict of Nobody Lives for Ever stems from his desire to see Bond dead before he goes and putting a price on his head. Literally.
Dan Browned: In real life SMERSH ceased to exist in 1945.
Dead Foot Leadfoot: In "Risico", Bond shoots Kristatos as he's making his getaway after his operation is destroyed...with the Lancia's wheels in the road ruts guiding it and his dead foot on the gas pedal, the car hurtles out of sight into the distance.
Death Course: Dr. No subjects Bond to one, ending with a fight with a giant squid.
Dirty Communists: Goldfinger, Mister Big, General G, Le Chiffe, Rosa Klebb, and other examples. Most of the Bond villains are either employed by the USSR or working alongside it.
Downer Ending: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Also, From Russia With Love and You Only Live Twice if you haven't read the following books.
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.
Even Evil Has Standards: In Thunderball, Blofeld reports to SPECTRE that a hostage they had returned upon payment of the ransom was found to have lost her virginity while in their possession. Since SPECTRE had promised to return her "unharmed", Blofeld refunded a portion of the ransom to her family. He then executed the operative who had deflowered her.
Food Porn: Since the books were written shortly after the war, 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!
Go-to Alias: In John Gardner's novels, Bond often uses the alias of 'James Boldman'.
Heart In The Wrong Place: Dr No tells James Bond how he survived reprisal from the Tong after embezzling funds - they chopped off his hands and shot him through the heart, or thought they did, but he was a rare case with his heart on the right side of his body.
Immune to Drugs: According to the medical report in Thunderball when James Bond is not engaged in strenuous duty, he consumes half a bottle of spirits between 60 and 70 proof a day. And he smokes 60 cigarettes a day (of a higher nicotine content than standard cigarettes).
Insurance Fraud: The Spy Who Loved Me is about Bond preventing the owners of a small hotel from burning it down to collect the insurance.
Jerkass: James Bond starts off being intentionally portrayed as a cold and ruthless. Over the course of the novels he becomes more human.
Most notably, he is a Jerkass in Casino Royale. Not quite as much from Live and Let Die on.
Made of Iron: The first few novels have Bond survive copious amounts of punishment.
Meaningful Name: Pussy Galore, Auric Goldfinger, Emilio Largo, Le Chiffre, Mr. Big, Sluggsy and Horror,
Organ Dodge: In Dr No, the eponymous doctor explains how he survived being shot through the heart by his former Tong masters because of his dextrocardia.
Rank Up: In Win, Lose or Die, Bond is promoted from Commander to Captain when he has to return to active duty in the Royal Navy as part of an assignment. He keeps this rank for the remainder of Gardner's series.
Red Right Hand: Almost every Bond villain displays this, most often in physical deformities.
Le Chiffre's irises are completely surrounded by the whites of eyes. He is also into flagellation.
Mr. Big has grey skin and yellow eyes.
Hugo Drax had half of his face burnt off and attempted bad plastic surgery.
Red Grant gets uncontrollable homicidal urges during the full moon.
Dr. No has no eyelashes, eyebrows or hair on top of his head. Instead of hands he has a pair of pincers.
Goldfinger looks like "he had been put together with bits of other people's bodies."
Ernst Stavro Blofeld has eyes like Le Chiffre's. His nose is later on deformed by syphilis.
Emilio Largo has pointed ears like satyr's, and enormous hands.
Revenge Myopia: In one novel, the Big Bad is the daughter of Blofeld, who wants revenge against Bond for killing Blofeld back in You Only Live Twice.
Road Sign Reversal: Bond does it to a car full of Blofeld's goons in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Scars Are Forever: On the back of Bond's left hand, there is a scar that shapes like a reverse M. That is Russian for s, as in 's' for "spy", and it is carved by a SMERSH agent in Casino Royale to mark Bond in his job. Despite skin grafts, the scar remains.
Series Continuity Error: 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 Comic Book Time 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 World War II, and that he enlisted at the age of 20 or 21.
Sexy Secretary: 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."
Shameful Strip: Happens twice in Nobody Lives Forever. Early in the story, Bond grows suspicious of the chance-met Sukie Tempesta (an Italian Princess) and strip-searches her to make sure she's not carrying anything dangerous. Later, a fuller evocation of this trope comes when Tempesta and the bodyguard Nanette "Nanny" Norrich are abducted by one of the villains who's after Bond's head. Bond finds them Bound and Gagged and stripped to their underwear.
The original Fleming novels were not immune to this, either. In Casino Royale, Bond himself is stripped naked by Le Chiffre prior to a torture session, while in Live and Let Die, both he and his fortune-telling love interest, Solitaire, are stripped and tied to a line behind a boat, so they can be dragged over a coral reef and into shark-infested waters.
Unbuilt Trope: In Dr. No, Dr. No's lair (with the nice furniture and books and everything) was an extremely expensive, time-consuming project made to fulfill a specific kind of crazy, and Bond is well aware of how morbidly surreal it is to receive such a warm reception from a ruthless villain who fully intends to kill him. The movie showcased the lair, but cut out the details of its construction and Dr. No's mania, making it seem almost ordinary. The rest, as they say, is history.
What Measure Is a Mook?: Usually inverted. Bond doesn't bat an eye killing Big Bads and their Dragons, but he is often quite reluctant to kill lowly mooks and/or agonizes about it afterwards. Not always, though.
Writer on Board: Since Fleming lived in Jamaica he had Bond go there on three occasions.
alternative title(s): Dr No; Goldfinger; On Her Majestys Secret Service; From Russia With Love; The Spy Who Loved Me; Diamonds Are Forever; Thunderball; You Only Live Twice; For Special Services; Devil May Care; The Living Daylights; The Man With The Golden Gun; Octopussy; Licence Renewed; Brokenclaw; Role Of Honour