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James Bond (or James Bond 007) is a long-running Spy Fiction multimedia franchise that originated with the novels of British author Ian Fleming and became a pop culture landmark, in large part thanks to a long-running series of theatrical films that started in The '60s and continues to this day. It is centered around James Bond, codename 007, a British secret service agent who accomplishes mission in service of Her Majesty, beating up bad guys and seducing women along the way.

The franchise is the property of Danjaq, LLC, the company owned by the Broccoli family, the producers of the film series via the subsidiary Eon Productions.


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Literature:

  • James Bond, the series of novels and short stories started by Fleming in 1953 and reprised by other writers since his death in 1964.

Live-Action Films:

  • James Bond, the film franchise by Eon Productions based on Fleming's works. Starting in 1962, it's currently counting 24 films, with a 25th to be released.
  • Two theatrical James Bond films were produced outside of the Eon series by other studios:

Live-Action TV:

  • Casino Royale (1954), the first screen adaptation of James Bond, as a one-hour episode of the Climax! TV anthology series.

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Radio Dramas:

  • Moonraker (Springbok Radio, South Africa, 1950s)
  • You Only Live Twice (BBC Radio 4, UK, 1990)
  • BBC Radio 4 radio dramas with Toby Stephens as James Bond:
    • Dr. No (2008)
    • Goldfinger (2010)
    • From Russia With Love (2012)
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (2014)
    • Diamonds Are Forever (2015)
    • Moonraker (2018)
    • Live and Let Die (2019)

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Tabletop RPG:

  • James Bond 007, published by Victory Games (part of Avalon Hill) starting in 1983. Won many awards and was for a time the most popular espionage RPG. Arguments between Victory Games and Danjaq LLC resulted in it ceasing publication in 1987.

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Comic Books

Adaptations

  • An adaptation of Dr. No was published in the UK in December 1962 by Classics Illustrated. It was later reprinted in the United States by DC Comics as part of its Showcase anthology series in January 1963.
  • Marvel Comics adapted For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy in the early '80s.
  • Eclipse Comics (Acme Press in U.K.) released an adaptation of Licence to Kill in 1989.
  • Topps Comics began an adaptation of Goldeneye, but cancelled it before it was finished.
  • SilverFin became the first novel to be adapted in 2008, followed by Dynamite Entertainment's adaptations of Casino Royale in 2018, and Live And Let Die in 2019.

Original Works

  • The first James Bond comic book storyline to not be adapted from a previous work was Permission to Die - a 1991 miniseries published by Acme/Eclipse, written and drawn by Mike Grell.
  • Not long after the above, the rights reverted to Dark Horse Comics (though Acme still held them in the UK), who published five miniseries (though only four of them were published in their entirety).
  • Dynamite Comics acquired the rights from the Fleming estate in 2015, and released their own series of inter-connected mini-series.

Alternative Title(s): James Bond 007 The Stealth Affair, James Bond 007

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