James Bond Books in Order – and More

There are few literary characters that come close to James Bond. The hero has endured and evolved over an almost seventy year span beginning with his first appearance in Casino Royale, published back in 1953. In this post we’ll list the original James Bond books written by Ian Fleming, in chronological order, then move on to stories written by other authors. And for fun, we’ll list all of the Bond films and share some interviews with Fleming and others connected to the world’s most famous fictional spy.

The Original Ian Fleming Bond Books in Order

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

Book Riot has a nice concise Pros and Cons of each of Fleming’s 12 novels. Worth a scan if you can only read a couple.

James Bond Books Written by Other Authors

Ian Fleming passed away in August of 1964 but his characters live on. Fleming bought a small publishing house, Gildrose Publications, renamed to Ian Fleming Publications in 1964, to publish his books. The publisher is still involved in producing new Bond Books. You can read a nice overview of this history at Bond Fandom.

  • Colonel Sun (Kingsley Amis, 1968)
  • James Bond, The Authorized Biography of 007 (John Pearson, 1973)
  • Licence Renewed (John Gardner, 1981)
  • For Special Services (John Gardner, 1982)
  • Icebreaker (John Gardner, 1983)
  • Role of Honour (John Gardner, 1984)
  • Nobody Lives For Ever (John Gardner, 1986)
  • No Deals, Mr Bond (John Gardner, 1987)
  • Scorpius (John Gardner, 1988)
  • Win, Lose or Die (John Gardner, 1989)
  • Brokenclaw (John Gardner, 1990)
  • The Man From Barbarossa (John Gardner, 1991)
  • Death is Forever (John Gardner, 1992)
  • Never Send Flowers (John Gardner, 1993)
  • SeaFire (John Gardner, 1994)
  • COLD (John Gardner, 1996)
  • Zero Minus Ten (Raymond Benson, 1997)
  • The Facts of Death (Raymond Benson, 1998)
  • High Time to Kill (Raymond Benson, 1999)
  • DoubleShot (Raymond Benson, 2000)
  • Never Dream of Dying (Raymond Benson, 2001)
  • The Man with the Red Tattoo (Raymond Benson, 2002)
  • Devil May Care (Sebastian Faulks, 2008)
  • Carte Blanche (Jeffrey Deaver, 2011)
  • Solo (William Boyd, 2013)
  • Trigger Mortis (Anthony Horowitz, 2015)
  • Forever and a Day (Anthony Horowitz, 2018)

Novelisations of Bond Films

  • James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (Christopher Wood, 1977)
  • James Bond and Moonraker (Christopher Wood, 1979)
  • Licence to Kill (John Gardner, 1989)
  • GoldenEye (John Gardner, 1995)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (Raymond Benson, 1997)
  • The World is Not Enough (Raymond Benson, 1999)
  • Die Another Day (Raymond Benson, 2002)

Young Bond Series

  • SilverFin (Charlie Higson, 2005)
  • Blood Fever (Charlie Higson, 2006)
  • Double or Die (Charlie Higson, 2007)
  • Hurricane Gold (Charlie Higson, 2007)
  • By Royal Command (Charlie Higson, 2008)
  • SilverFin Graphic Novel (Charlie Higson and Kevin Walker, 2008)
  • A Hard Man to Kill short story (Charlie Higson, 2009)
  • Shoot to Kill (Steve Cole, 2014)
  • Heads You Die (Steve Cole, 2016)
  • Strike Lightning (Steve Cole, 2016)
  • Red Nemesis (Steve Cole, 2017)

James Bond Films

James Bond Films Featuring Sean Connery

  • Dr. No (1962)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983) non-eon production

James Bond Film Featuring David Niven

  • Casino Royale (1967) non-eon production

James Bond Film Featuring George Lazenby

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

James Bond Films Featuring Roger Moore

  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • A View to a Kill (1985)

James Bond Films Featuring Timothy Dalton

  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Licence to Kill (1989)

James Bond Films Featuring Pierce Brosnan

  • Goldeneye (1995)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • Die Another Day (2002)

James Bond Films Featuring Daniel Craig

  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solice (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • No Time to Die (2020)

We’ll wrap this is with a ranking of all the Bond films.

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