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Officially, the James Bond book series consists of 14 novels and short story collections by Ian Fleming, 16 novels by https://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/john-gardner/John Gardner and 12 novels and short stories by Raymond Benson . Most recently, the series has been taken over by Jeffery Deaver . Below is a list of all of the official James Bond novels in publication order (including Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in chronological order):

Publication Order of James Bond Books

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James Bond Synopses: In The Man with the Golden Gun , James Bond is brainwashed and tries to kill his boss M. Fortunately, Bond fails at this task, but he has now lost the trust he had. He must regain that trust and redeem himself by killing one of the most deadly freelance hitmen in the world – Paco “Pistols” Scaramanga (also known as the Man with the Golden Gun). The Man with the Golden Gun was adapted to film in 1974, starring Roger Moore as 007 and Christopher Lee as the renamed Francisco Scaramanga.

For Your Eyes Only is a collection of five short stories where James Bond faces all sorts of danger. Beautiful girls are never quite what they seem in James Bond stories and they are in abudance in For Your Eyes Only. For Your Eyes Only contains the stories From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico and The Hildebrand Rarity. For Your Eyes Only and Risico were adapted into the 1981 film For Your Eyes Only, starring Roger Moore as Bond.

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How to read the James Bond books in order

With dozens of Bond novels as well as the original Ian Fleming books, scholars have been trying to work out the best way to read 007 for decades. Here's the definitive run-down.

Ian Fleming’s James Bond is a character drawn with fine-point sharpness. He smokes Morlands, made especially for him at a tobacconists on Grosvenor Street in Mayfair. He drives a 1930 4.5 litre Bentley in battleship grey. And if you’ve got a bottle in, he’ll have a glass of Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Brut 1943, thanks.

But while Fleming was very particular about Bond’s cigarettes, cars and champagne, he was somewhat less so about his diary.

Bond scholars have tried to piece together the proper order of Fleming’s stories, and come up with very different answers. On top of the original 12 Bond novels and two short story collections, there are dozens of ‘continuation’ novels. So what’s the proper place to begin, and where do you go from there?

The simple answer, and the way recommended by Ian Fleming Publications’ publication manager Simon Ward, is to start with Fleming’s 12 novels and read them in the order they were published, starting with Casino Royale and ending with the posthumously published The Man with the Golden Gun .

“ Dr No picks up From Russia with Love , for instance – they follow each other directly in the text, from one book to the next,” Ward explains. “It’s essential that you have You Only Live Twice before The Man with the Golden Gun because again they follow on from each other, they are sequels. You’ve got the Blofeld or the SPECTRE trilogy: Thunderball , On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and You Only Live Twice , so they again are all sequential.”

After that, dip into the two short story collections. “I don’t think you have to read them to understand the canon [and] what’s going on,” says Ward. “So in that sense: at your leisure, really.”

Bond scholars separately tried to work out which order the novels were meant to have happened over the course of Bond’s life

There are other ways of reading the Bond saga, though. In the mid-Noughties Bond scholars John Griswold and Henry Chancellor separately tried to work out which order the novels and short stories were meant to have happened in over the course of Bond’s life, as if he were a recently declassified hero of the Cold War whose exploits can only now be related without fear of Moscow taking notes.

They were rigorous, too. Griswold is slightly pursed-lipped about the inaccuracies he perceives in his Annotations And Chronologies For Ian Fleming's Bond Stories ; authorised Bond biographer John Pearson’s choice of 1920 as Bond’s official birth year, for instance, is “not as good a choice as it could have been”.

Both broadly agreed on an order for the first eight novels and five short stories from For Your Eyes Only , which collected adventures published in newspapers and magazines in 1959 and 1960.

-       Casino Royale -       Live and Let Die -       Moonraker -       Diamonds are Forever -       From Russia With Love -       Dr No -       Goldfinger -       ‘Risico’ from For Your Eyes Only -       ‘Quantum of Solace’ from For Your Eyes Only -       ‘The Hildebrand Rarity’ from For Your Eyes Only -       ‘From a View to a Kill’ from For Your Eyes Only -       ‘For Your Eyes Only’ from For Your Eyes Only -       Thunderball

From there, things got more tricky. In 2006 Griswold identified this as the chronological order after Thunderball, shuffling in stories from the posthumous collection of shorts Octopussy and The Living Daylights :

-       ‘Octopussy’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       ‘The Living Daylights’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       ‘The Property of a Lady’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       Chapters one to five of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service -       ‘007 in New York’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       Chapters 10 to 14 of The Spy Who Loved Me -       Chapters 6 to 20 of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service -       You Only Live Twice -       The Man with the Golden Gun

Chancellor, however, had come up with an alternative timeline the year before:

-       ‘The Living Daylights’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       ‘Octopussy’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       Chapters 10 to 14 of The Spy Who Loved Me -       Chapters one to five of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service -       ‘007 in New York’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       Chapters 6 to 20 of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service -       ‘The Property of a Lady’ from Octopussy and The Living Daylights -       You Only Live Twice -       The Man with the Golden Gun

Whatever order you go with, there’s no doubt that Casino Royale must come first.

'Starting with Casino Royale is very important because it gives you the sense of the author and Bond and everything in mid-century Britain'

“There’s a lot of very stark violence in the original Fleming stories,” says Ward, but even by that standard, Colonel Sun is “one of the most brutal of them all”. It all hits a peak with a torture scene which was nodded at in the 2015 film SPECTRE . Colonel Sun tells Bond of a time “when an American prisoner in Korea was deprived of his eyes”.

“And the most astonishing thing happened. He wasn't there anymore. He'd gone, though he was still alive. There was nobody inside his skull. Most odd, I promise you.”

Later writers took different routes. John Gardner was tasked with updating Bond for the Eighties.

“To be clear, that didn’t mean suddenly putting him in Miami Vice -style tailoring,” Ward says. It meant Bond wasn’t “a fantastical cypher”; instead 007 was in the real world, rubbing shoulders with Reagan and Thatcher and tracking down nukes on the eve of the first Gulf War.

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All 60+ James Bond Books in Order by Ian Fleming & Others

The adventures of secret service agent 007 are legendary. He has appeared in countless iterations across the decades. Reading the James Bond books in order will reveal to you each imagining of the spy, from the original mind of Ian Fleming to the most recent version by Anthony Horowitz.

Each author who has picked up the mantle of James Bond has lent something unique to the franchise. However, each book retains the taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish atmosphere of the first book.

Bond is admired for his lavish, elegant lifestyle and one-liners — who hasn’t uttered the line, “Shaken, not stirred” or “The name is Bond. James Bond.” at least once? The series is also enticing with Bond’s globe-trotting pursuits.

Keep reading to find out more about all the James Bond books in order.

Who is Ian Fleming?

There is an adage to write what you know, and Ian Fleming certainly did this when he created the character of James Bond. The character has become bigger than Fleming ever anticipated, and the iconic spy certainly shares a few traits with the author.

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908 and has been described as the black sheep of his family. He attended Eton College but did not graduate from there due to his rebellious behaviour. After working as a journalist and a banker, Fleming was chosen to be the assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in 1939 with the threat of war looming.

His title, that of Lieutenant in the Special Branch of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, is a rank he would later give to James Bond. As well, Fleming’s boss, John Godfrey, is thought to be the model for the Bond character M, the head of MI6 and James Bond’s superior.

While Fleming had previously written, it was during wartime that he decided he would set out to write the spy story to end all spy stories. He pulled much inspiration for his iconic spy novels from his role and experience during the war, as well as from his lavish tastes.

Fleming built a home in Jamaica which he called Goldeneye and it was there that James Bond was created. He named the character after the author of a book which he called his Jamaican bible: A Field Guide to the Birds of the West Indies. Until his death in 1964, Fleming spent two months every year in Jamaica and that is where he wrote his James Bond adventures.

About the James Bond Series

In total, Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and nine short stories. Following his death, the torch has been passed to several different authors penning more than an additional 40 novels.

Kingsley Amis was the first author to write a James Bond novel following Fleming’s death and his addition follows the chronology set up by Fleming.

Next, John Gardner wrote the subsequent 14 novels and two novelizations of James Bond movies, but he didn’t pick up the torch until the 1980s. Consequently, his interpretation of the character is a bit different from the original as it also brings Bond that era. Gardner also wrote novelizations of Bond films.

Then, in the 1990s and early 2000s, Raymond Benson brought his spin to the character. He wrote novels, short stories, and novelizations. Benson kept Bond in a modern setting, but harkened back to Ian Fleming’s flair of writing with his mix of short stories and longer works.

There was then a period where many different authors wrote for the estate and broke with the continuity throughout the series up to this point. This period began with Sebastian Faulks contribution of Devil May Care in 2008. The six most recent books by Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver, William Boyd, and Anthony Horowitz take place in a variety of eras.

Horowitz has written the latest three books and is set to continue on with the series. His Bond books harken back to Fleming’s by being set in the 1950s.

What order should I read the James Bond books?

If you have never read the James Bond books before, you should absolutely read the books in order of publication. This means you will begin with Casino Royale, which is the best introduction to the character.

Reading the books in order of publication also means you will begin by reading the books written by Ian Fleming. This will show you the canon of the original character by the creator, Fleming, before the various iterations of Bond that followed.

What was the last James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming?

As mentioned, Ian Fleming died of a heart attack in 1964 at the age of 56. The last James Bond novel that Ian Fleming wrote was The Man with the Golden Gun, which was published posthumously in 1966. That same year a short story collection was also published: Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

Following these two publications, Kingsley Amis was the first author who began writing in Fleming’s stead. Since then, as we’ve said, numerous authors have written adventures for the iconic spy throughout the decades.

James Bond Books in Order

#1 original james bond books by ian fleming in publication order.

Once again, it is best to read the Jams Bond books in order of publication if you are reading this series for the first time.

According to Ian Fleming Publications, this is the recommending reading order. Most important is to begin with Casino Royale. This is because it will give readers a sense of the author, the character, and the setting of mid-century Britain.

However, there is also the recommendation to read The Spy Who Loved Me out of order, as it disrupts the flow of Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the subsequent books. This is because it shifts from Bond’s perspective to the point-of-view of a femme fatale: Vivienne Michel.

Another recommendation from Ian Fleming Publications is that the short story collections can be read whenever you wish after you read the original first 12 books. That is because the short stories are not necessary reading material to understand the canon.

  • Casino Royale (1953)
  • Live and Let Die (1954)
  • Moonraker (1955)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
  • From Russia, with Love (1957)
  • Doctor No (1958)
  • Goldfinger (1959)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1959) (Short Story Collection)
  • 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 (1966)
  • Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) (Short Story Collection)

#2 Original James Bond Books by Ian Fleming in Chronological Order

There is a second way to read the James Bond books in order, although, this is not the recommended reading order if you haven’t read the books before. However, that reading order is by following the chronological timeline, which is contested.

Again, this reading order begins with Casino Royale, which is the best place to begin the series, and this list uses the chronological order put forth by John Griswold.

  • Casino Royale
  • Live and Let Die
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • From Russia, with Love
  • Risico (Short Story)
  • Quantum of Solace (Short Story)
  • The Hildebrand Rarity (Short Story)
  • From a View to a Kill (Short Story)
  • For Your Eyes Only (Short Story)
  • Thunderball
  • Octopussy (Short Story)
  • The Living Daylights (Short Story)
  • The Property of a Lady (Short Story)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Chapters 1-5)
  • 007 in New York (Short Story)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (Chapters 10-14)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Chapters 6-20)
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Man With the Golden Gun

Continuation of James Bond Series

Following Ian Fleming’s death in 1964, the James Bond series was continued by his estate through different authors. As previously mentioned, each author brought something a little bit different to the series. Some continued in the same vein as Fleming, while others brought the iconic character into a new era for a new audience.

The chronology per author is important if you are looking to read the James Bond books in order; however, as with many spy thrillers, each book does focus on one particular mission.

  • Colonel Sun by Kingsley Amis (1968)
  • Licence Renewed by John Gardner (1981)
  • For Special Services by John Gardner (1982)
  • Icebreaker by John Gardner (1983)
  • Role of Honour by John Gardner (1984)
  • Nobody Lives Forever by John Gardner (1986)
  • No Deals, Mr. Bond by John Gardner (1987)
  • Scorpius by John Gardner (1988)
  • Win, Lose or Die by John Gardner (1989)
  • Brokenclaw by John Gardner (1990)
  • The Man from Barbarossa by John Gardner (1991)
  • Death is Forever by John Gardner (1992)
  • Never Send Flowers by John Gardner (1993)
  • SeaFire by John Gardner (1994)
  • Cold by John Gardner (1996)
  • Zero Minus Ten by Raymond Benson (1997)
  • The Facts of Death by Raymond Benson (1998)
  • High Time to Kill by Raymond Benson (1999)
  • Doubleshot by Raymond Benson (2000)
  • Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson (2001)
  • The Man With the Red Tattoo by Raymond Benson (2002)
  • Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks (2008)
  • Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver (2011)
  • Solo by William Boyd (2013)
  • Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz (2015)
  • Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz (2018)
  • With a Mind to Kill by Anthony Horowitz (2022)
  • On His Majesty’s Secret Service by Charlie Higson (2023)

James Bond Movie Novelizations

In addition to the books which inspired movies, there have also been several novelizations of the James Bond movies.

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

Young Bond Series

Another continuation of the James Bond books in order by the estate is the reimagining of the character for a younger audience. This young adult series was written first by Charlie Higson, then continued more recently by Steve Cole.

  • Silverfin by Charlie Higson (2005)
  • BloodFever by Charlie Higson (2006)
  • Double or Die by Charlie Higson (2007)
  • Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson (2007)
  • By Royal Command by Charlie Higson (2008)
  • Danger Society by Charlie Higson (2009) (Short Story Collection)
  • Shoot to Kill by Steve Cole (2014)
  • Heads You Die by Steve Cole (2016)
  • Strike Lightning by Steve Cole (2016)
  • Red Nemesis by Steve Cole (2017)
  • A Hard Man To Kill by Charlie Higson (2018) (Short Story)

The Moneypenny Diaries

There is also another spin-off series set within this world which was written long after Ian Fleming’s death. That is The Moneypenny Diaries series, which was written by Kate Westbrook. It is from the perspective of Miss Jane Moneypenny, who is the personal secretary to James Bond’s boss, Secret Service Chief M, and also Bond’s colleague and confidante.

  • Guardian Angel by Kate Westbrook (2005)
  • Secret Servant by Kate Westbrook (2006)
  • Final Fling by Kate Westbrook (2008)
  • Secret Chapters (2020) (Short Story Collection)

Double O Books

The newest series within the world of James Bond is a planned trilogy by Kim Sherwood. The trilogy follows James Bond as well as other MI6 Double O agents including Johanna Harwood, 003; Joseph Dryden, 004; and Sid Bashir, 009.

  • Double or Nothing (2023)
  • A Spy Like Me (Expected: April 23, 2024)

A Summary of James Bond Books in Order

While there are more than 60 books which feature the life and exploits of James Bond in some capacity, you’re starting point should be with the original Ian Fleming novels. While parts of these books read as a true product of its time in the 1950s and 1960s, this is the origin to 007.

Therefore, below are summaries to the original twelve books and two short story collections so you can add them to your reading list.

Casino Royale James Bond Books in Order

1. Casino Royale

British Secret Service agent James Bond, a.k.a. 007, is sent to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. He is known only as “Le Chiffre.” If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow.

But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off nightmarish torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.

Live and Let Die Ian Fleming

2. Live and Let Die

James Bond is not a superstitious man, but it’s hard not to feel unnerved in the presence of Mr. Big. A ruthless Harlem gangster who uses voodoo to control his criminal empire, he’s also one of SMERSH’s top American operatives.

Mr. Big has been smuggling British pirate treasure to New York from a remote Jamaican island. Then funnelling the proceeds to Moscow. With help from Solitaire, Mr. Big’s beautiful and enigmatic Creole fortune-teller, and his old friend Felix Leiter, 007 must locate the crime lord’s hideout, sabotage his operation, and reclaim the pirate hoard for England.

Moonraker James Bond

3. Moonraker

Sir Hugo Drax should be above reproach. He is a super patriot and a war veteran who’s bankrolling Britain’s top-secret Moonraker rocket program. But there’s more to this enigmatic millionaire than he lets on.

When M suspects Drax of cheating at cards in an exclusive gentleman’s club, he sends Bond in to investigate. But exposing the deception only enrages Drax — and now 007 must outwit an angry man with a nuclear warhead.

The mysterious death of the head of security at Drax’s missile base gives Bond the perfect opportunity to go undercover to find out the secret agenda of the supposed British war hero. With the help of another agent, the lustrous Gala Brand, 007 learns the truth about Drax’s battle scars, his wartime allegiances, and his murderous plans for the deployment of Moonraker.

Diamonds Are Forever Ian Fleming

4. Diamonds Are Forever

An international diamond-smuggling pipeline has opened up and the British Treasury wants to know who’s controlling it.

Impersonating a captured courier named Peter Franks, Bond infiltrates the criminal ring. There he finds an unlikely ally in Tiffany Case, a gorgeous American with a dark past.

As the ring’s stateside go-between, she may be just another link in the chain, but Tiffany is also Bond’s best shot at finding the elusive figure at the head of the operation. A syndicate boss known only by the initials “ABC.”

But if Bond’s cover gets blown, he’ll find that the only thing harder than a diamond is surviving the payback of a pair of murderous henchmen.

From Russia, with Love James Bond Books in Order

5. From Russia, with Love

SMERSH stands for “Death to Spies” and there’s no secret agent they’d like to disgrace and destroy more than 007, James Bond. But ensnaring the British Secret Service’s most lethal operative will require a lure so tempting even he can’t resist. Enter Tatiana Romanova, a ravishing Russian spy whose “defection” springs a trap designed with clockwork precision.

Her mission: Seduce Bond, then flee to the West on the Orient Express. Waiting in the shadows are two villains. Red Grant, SMERSH’s deadliest assassin, and the sinister operations chief Rosa Klebb — five feet four inches of pure killing power.

Doctor No Ian Fleming

6. Doctor No

Dispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI6’s Jamaica station chief, Bond was expecting a holiday in the sun. But when he discovers a deadly centipede placed in his hotel room, the vacation is over.

On this island, all suspicious activity leads inexorably to Dr. Julius No, a reclusive megalomaniac with steel pincers for hands. To find out what the good doctor is hiding, 007 must enlist the aid of local fisherman Quarrel and alluring beachcomber Honeychile Rider.

Together they will combat a local legend the natives call “the Dragon,” before Bond alone must face the most punishing test of all: An obstacle course — designed by the sadistic Dr. No himself — that measures the limits of the human body’s capacity for agony.

Goldfinger James Bond

7. Goldfinger

Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in England — though his wealth isn’t in the banks. He’s been hoarding vast stockpiles of his namesake metal, and it’s attracted the suspicion of 007’s superiors at MI6.

Sent to investigate, Bond uncovers an ingenious gold-smuggling scheme, as well as Goldfinger’s most daring caper yet. Operation Grand Slam, a gold heist so audacious it could bring down the world economy and put the fate of the West in the hands of SMERSH.

To stop Goldfinger, Bond will have to survive a showdown with the sinister millionaire’s henchman. Oddjob is a tenacious karate master who can kill with one well-aimed toss of his razor-rimmed bowler hat.

For Your Eyes Only Ian Fleming

8. For Your Eyes Only

This is a collection of five stories that sends 007 to Bermuda, Berlin, and beyond, and places him in the dangerous company of adversaries of all varieties.

“From a View to a Kill” whisks Bond to the French countryside where he must go undercover to expose a deadly secret-intelligence plot. In “For Your Eyes Only,” 007 is absorbed into a private vendetta of M’s, blurring the lines between the personal and professional.

In “Quantum of Solace,” Bond attends a dinner party in the Bahamas and learns how passion can soon twist into cruelty, while “Risico” forces the secret agent to fight for the lesser of two evils in a smuggling war set amid the Mediterranean.

Finally, “The Hildebrand Rarity” lands 007 in an old-fashioned murder mystery at sea, where even he has a secret to keep.

Thunderball James Bond Books in Order

9. Thunderball

Upon M’s insistence, James Bond takes a two-week respite in a secluded natural health spa. But amid the bland teas, tasteless yogurts, and the spine stretcher the guests lovingly call “The Rack,” Bond stumbles onto the trail of a lethal man with ties to a new secret organisation called SPECTRE.

When SPECTRE hijacks two A-bombs, a frantic global search for the weapons ensues, and M’s hunch that the plane containing the bombs will make a clean drop into the ocean sends Bond to the Bahamas to investigate.

On the island paradise, 007 finds a wealthy pleasure seeker’s treasure hunt and meets Domino Vitali, the gorgeous mistress to Emilio Largo, otherwise known as SPECTRE’s Number 1. But as powerful as Number 1 is, he works for someone else: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a peculiar man with a deadly creative mind.

The Spy Who Loved Me Ian Fleming

10. The Spy Who Loved Me

Different from the other books in the series, The Spy Who Loved Me is from the perspective of a femme fatale in the making — a victim of circumstance with a wounded heart.

Vivienne Michel, precocious French Canadian raised in the United Kingdom, seems a foreigner in every land. With only a supercharged Vespa and a handful of American dollars, she travels down winding roads into the pine forests of the Adirondacks. After stopping at the Dreamy Pines Motor Court and being coerced into caretaking at the vacant motel for the night, Viv opens the door to two armed mobsters and realises being a woman alone is no easy task.

But when a third stranger shows — a confident Englishman with a keen sense for sizing things up — the tables are turned.

Still reeling in the wake of Operation Thunderball, Bond has planned for his jaunt through the Adirondacks to be a period of rest before his return to Europe. But that all changes when his tire goes flat in front of a certain motel…

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service James Bond

11. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

In the aftermath of Operation Thunderball, Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s trail has gone cold — and so has 007’s love for his job. The only thing that can rekindle his passion is Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo, a troubled young woman who shares his taste for fast cars and danger.

She’s the daughter of a powerful crime boss, and he thinks Bond’s hand in marriage may be the solution to all her problems. Bond’s not ready to settle down — yet — but if Tracy’s father can lead him to Blofeld, he’ll consider it.

After tracking the SPECTRE chief to a stronghold in the Swiss Alps, Bond uncovers the details of Blofeld’s latest plot: A biological warfare scheme more audacious than anything the fiend has tried before. Now Bond must save the world once again — and survive Blofeld’s last, very personal, act of vengeance.

You Only Live Twice Ian Fleming

12. You Only Live Twice

The tragic end to James Bond’s last mission — courtesy of Ernst Stavro Blofeld — has left 007 a broken man and of little use to the British Secret Service.

At his wit’s end, M decides that the only way to snap his best agent out of his torpor is to send him on an impossible diplomatic mission to Japan. Bond’s contact there is the formidable Japanese spymaster Tiger Tanaka, who agrees to do business with the West if Bond will assassinate one of his enemies: A mysterious Swiss botanist named Dr. Guntram Shatterhand.

However, Shatterhand is not who he seems. And his impregnable fortress — known to the locals as the “Castle of Death” — is a gauntlet of traps no gaijin has ever penetrated.

But through rigorous ninja training, and with some help from the beautiful and able Kissy Suzuki, Bond manages to gain access to Shatterhand’s lair. Inside lurks certain doom at the hands of 007’s bitterest foe — or a final chance to exact ultimate vengeance.

The Man with the Golden Gun James Bond Books in Order

13. The Man with the Golden Gun

Bond may have a licence to kill, but “Pistols” Scaramanga has a talent for it. He’s a KGB-trained assassin who’s left a trail of dead British Secret Service agents in his wake. His weapon of choice? A gold-plated Colt .45.

In the aftermath of his brainwashing by the Soviets, Bond is given one last chance to win back M’s trust: Terminate Scaramanga before he strikes MI6 again. Traveling to Jamaica under an assumed name, Bond manages to infiltrate Scaramanga’s organisation and soon discovers that the hit man’s criminal ambitions have expanded to include arson, drug smuggling, and industrial sabotage.

Worst of all for Bond, Scaramanga has a golden bullet inscribed with the numbers 007 — and he’s eager to put it to use.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights Ian Fleming

14. Octopussy and The Living Daylights

This is a collection which features four tales of intrigue that push 007 to the limit and find the secret agent questioning where he can go from there…

In “Octopussy,” a former operative in the Second World War must face the consequences of past sins when James Bond knocks on the door of his Caribbean fortress, and in “The Property of a Lady” Bond deciphers the elaborate codes of a Sotheby’s bidding war in order to catch a KGB agent.

“007 in New York” takes Bond to the titular city to warn an ex-agent of her boyfriend’s secret KGB affiliation. And “The Living Daylights” sends Bond to Berlin to protect a British agent before an assassin strikes.

Final thoughts on the James Bond books in order

So, there you have all the James Bond books in order which make up this iconic series. James Bond is a literary character who has become larger than life with his adaptations and iconic attributes which have leapt from Ian Fleming’s original pages. The James Bond series is a hallmark classic to the spy thriller genre.

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James Bond Books In Order (Full List)

James Bond is a series of 14 books by Ian Fleming. The first book published in the series is For Your Eyes Only in 1960. Here is a complete list of James Bond books in order.

Last update: January 11, 2024

1. For Your Eyes Only (1960)

"Never send a man where you can send a bullet."

"For Your Eyes Only" by Ian Fleming takes James Bond on a thrilling collection of short stories as he tackles espionage, vengeance, and international crime. Brace yourself for high-stakes adventures packed with Fleming's signature style and Bond's cunning wit.

  • 📇 182 Pages
  • 📝 45,500 - 54,600 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 6 Hours Reading Time
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2. Thunderball (1961)

"It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst."

In Ian Fleming's Thunderball, Agent 007 is sent on a thrilling mission to the Bahamas to prevent a global catastrophe as he battles against an organization hell-bent on nuclear blackmail. Danger, suspense, and the irresistible charm of James Bond come alive in this gripping espionage adventure.

  • 📇 258 Pages
  • 📝 64,500 - 77,400 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 9 Hours Reading Time

3. The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)

"Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin."

In "The Spy Who Loved Me" by Ian Fleming, delve into the thrilling world of espionage as protagonist James Bond uncovers an intricate web of betrayal and lust. Danger lurks around every corner in this heart-pounding spy adventure.

  • 📇 198 Pages
  • 📝 49,500 - 59,400 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 7 Hours Reading Time

4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)

"When the odds are hopeless, when all seems to be lost, then is the time to be calm, to make a show of authority - at least of indifference."

In Ian Fleming's thrilling espionage novel, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", James Bond risks it all as he infiltrates a sinister criminal organization and falls in love, proving that even secret agents are not immune to the power of love and loyalty.

  • 📇 359 Pages
  • 📝 89,750 - 107,700 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 12 Hours Reading Time

5. You Only Live Twice (1964)

"I've found that one must try and teach people that there's no top limit to disaster - that, so long as breath remains in your body, you've got accept the miseries of life. They will often seem infinite, insupportable. They are part of the human condition."

In Ian Fleming's thrilling espionage masterpiece "You Only Live Twice," James Bond embarks on a mission to infiltrate a secretive Japanese organization, leading him to face formidable foes and testing the limits of his courage, cunning, and loyalty.

  • 📇 214 Pages
  • 📝 53,500 - 64,200 Word Count

6. Man With The Golden Gun (1965)

"One dreams all day as well as all night."

In the thrilling final installment of Ian Fleming's iconic James Bond series, "Man With The Golden Gun," 007 faces his most formidable opponent yet, as he confronts the lethal assassin Francisco Scaramanga in a high-stakes battle of wits and firepower.

  • 📇 183 Pages
  • 📝 45,750 - 54,900 Word Count

7. Octopussy And The Living Daylights (1966)

"Because people are very careful with the secrets of their own business doesn’t mean that they’ll be careful with the secrets of yours."

In "Octopussy And The Living Daylights", Ian Fleming takes readers on a thrilling adventure through the shadowy world of espionage. With meticulous detail and heart-pounding action, this collection of short stories explores Bond's encounters with sinister villains and the true cost of being a spy.

  • 📇 120 Pages
  • 📝 30,000 - 36,000 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 4 Hours Reading Time

8. Casino Royale (1953)

"Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles."

In Ian Fleming's gripping debut novel, Casino Royale, the enigmatic spy James Bond infiltrates a high-stakes gambling game to outwit the sinister Le Chiffre, in a heart-pounding tale of espionage, danger, and ruthless intrigue.

  • 📇 192 Pages
  • 📝 48,000 - 57,600 Word Count

9. Live And Let Die (1954)

"The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser."

In "Live and Let Die," Ian Fleming plunges James Bond into a thrilling adventure as he investigates the mysterious Mr. Big, a notorious drug lord operating in Harlem and the Caribbean. With danger lurking at every turn, Bond must navigate treacherous waters to uncover the truth.

  • 📇 229 Pages
  • 📝 57,250 - 68,700 Word Count
  • ⏱️ 8 Hours Reading Time

10. Moonraker (1955)

"And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger."

In "Moonraker," Ian Fleming takes readers on a thrilling espionage adventure with 007. As James Bond investigates a suspicious millionaire's space project, he uncovers a plot that could ignite a devastating global catastrophe. Danger, deception, and action-packed sequences await in this classic spy novel.

  • 📇 247 Pages
  • 📝 61,750 - 74,100 Word Count

11. Diamonds Are Forever (1956)

"Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other."

In Ian Fleming's "Diamonds Are Forever," James Bond is sent on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the world of diamond smuggling. Thrills and conspiracies abound as 007 navigates exotic locations, femme fatales, and a plot that threatens global stability.

  • 📇 230 Pages
  • 📝 57,500 - 69,000 Word Count

12. From Russia With Love (1957)

"Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it."

Ian Fleming's gripping spy thriller, "From Russia With Love," takes readers on a heart-pounding adventure as James Bond embarks on a dangerous mission to unravel a web of deception, seduction, and betrayal that leads him to the heart of Soviet Russia.

  • 📇 259 Pages
  • 📝 64,750 - 77,700 Word Count

13. Dr No (1958)

"All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards thier goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders - all maniacs. What else but a blind singlenee of purpose could have given focus to thier genius, would have kept them in the groove of purpose. Mania ... is as priceless as genius."

In Ian Fleming's gripping novel, "Dr No," James Bond is assigned to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his fellow spies in Jamaica. Bond encounters the sadistic Dr No, a man with a deadly plan that could change the fate of the world.

  • 📇 257 Pages
  • 📝 64,250 - 77,100 Word Count

14. Goldfinger (1959)

"I am a poet in deeds - not often in words."

In Ian Fleming's thrilling spy novel, "Goldfinger," James Bond investigates the enigmatic Auric Goldfinger, a wealthy criminal mastermind whose plans to manipulate gold markets and carry out audacious heists pose a threat to global financial stability.

  • 📇 264 Pages
  • 📝 66,000 - 79,200 Word Count

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James Bond Books in Order: How to read Ian Fleming’s series?

Created by the British novelist Ian Fleming in 1953, James Bond has been immortalized on the big screen by Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. The handsome secret agent, and maybe the least discreet agent working for Her Majesty, enjoys food, drinking, smoking, cars, and women — in no order in particular. He fights rich megalomaniacs and evil organizations and saves regularly the world.

It is said that women want him, and men want to be him. James is not the most respectful human being on this earth, but with time some of his traits have been diminished on screen, like his more than questionable treatment of women and his smoking habits. He is, no doubt about that, one of the most famous spies ever, fictional or not, still living new adventures on screen, and even on paper, more than fifty years after the publication of Ian Fleming’s last book about him. Let’s explore James Bond’s bibliography!

How to read the James Bond Series in Order?

Classic bond or ian fleming’s original series (publication order).

Casino Royale - Classic Bond - James Bond Books in Order by Ian Fleming

  • Casino Royale (1953) – One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.
  • Live and Let Die (1954) – James Bond is not a superstitious man, but it’s hard not to feel unnerved in the presence of Mr. Big. A ruthless Harlem gangster who uses voodoo to control his criminal empire, he’s also one of SMERSH’s top American operatives. Mr. Big has been smuggling British pirate treasure to New York from a remote Jamaican island―and funneling the proceeds to Moscow. With help from Solitaire, Mr. Big’s beautiful and enigmatic Creole fortune-teller, and his old friend Felix Leiter, 007 must locate the crime lord’s hideout, sabotage his operation, and reclaim the pirate hoard for England.
  • Moonraker (1955) – As the super patriot and war veteran who’s bankrolling Britain’s top-secret Moonraker rocket program, Sir Hugo Drax should be above reproach. But there’s more to this enigmatic millionaire than he lets on. When M suspects Drax of cheating at cards in an exclusive gentleman’s club, he sends Bond in to investigate. But exposing the deception only enrages Drax―and now 007 must outwit an angry man with the power to lose a nuclear warhead on London.
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1956) – An international diamond-smuggling pipeline has opened up and the British Treasury wants to know who’s controlling it. Impersonating a captured courier named Peter Franks, Bond infiltrates the criminal ring and finds an unlikely ally in Tiffany Case, a gorgeous American with a dark past. As the ring’s stateside go-between, she may be just another link in the chain, but Tiffany is also Bond’s best shot at finding the elusive figure at the head of the operation―a syndicate boss known only by the initials “ABC.” But if Bond’s cover gets blown, he’ll find that the only thing harder than a diamond is surviving the payback of a pair of murderous henchmen.

From Russia, with Love - Classic Bond - James Bond Books in Order by Ian Fleming

  • From Russia, with Love (1957) – SMERSH stands for “Death to Spies” and there’s no secret agent they’d like to disgrace and destroy more than 007, James Bond. But ensnaring the British Secret Service’s most lethal operative will require a lure so tempting even he can’t resist. Enter Tatiana Romanova, a ravishing Russian spy whose “defection” springs a trap designed with clockwork precision. Her mission: seduce Bond, then flee to the West on the Orient Express. Waiting in the shadows are two of Ian Fleming’s most vividly drawn villains: Red Grant, SMERSH’s deadliest assassin, and the sinister operations chief Rosa Klebb―five feet four inches of pure killing power.
  • Doctor No (1958) – Dispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI6’s Jamaica station chief, Bond was expecting a holiday in the sun. But when he discovers a deadly centipede placed in his hotel room, the vacation is over. On this island, all suspicious activity leads inexorably to Dr. Julius No, a reclusive megalomaniac with steel pincers for hands. To find out what the good doctor is hiding, 007 must enlist the aid of local fisherman Quarrel and alluring beachcomber Honeychile Rider. Together they will combat a local legend the natives call “the Dragon,” before Bond alone must face the most punishing test of all: an obstacle course―designed by the sadistic Dr. No himself―that measures the limits of the human body’s capacity for agony.
  • Goldfinger (1959) – Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in England―though his wealth can’t be found in banks. He’s been hoarding vast stockpiles of his namesake metal, and it’s attracted the suspicion of 007’s superiors at MI6. Sent to investigate, Bond uncovers an ingenious gold-smuggling scheme, as well as Goldfinger’s most daring caper yet: Operation Grand Slam, a gold heist so audacious it could bring down the world economy and put the fate of the West in the hands of SMERSH. To stop Goldfinger, Bond will have to survive a showdown with the sinister millionaire’s henchman, Oddjob, a tenacious karate master who can kill with one well-aimed toss of his razor-rimmed bowler hat.
  • For Your Eyes Only (1959) – A collection of five stories that sends 007 to Bermuda, Berlin, and beyond, and places him in the dangerous company of adversaries of all varieties.

Thunderball - Classic Bond - James Bond Books in Order by Ian Fleming

  • Thunderball (1961) – Upon M’s insistence, James Bond takes a two-week respite in a secluded natural health spa. But amid the bland teas, tasteless yogurts, and the spine stretcher the guests lovingly call “The Rack,” Bond stumbles onto the trail of a lethal man with ties to a new secret organization called SPECTRE. When SPECTRE hijacks two A-bombs, a frantic global search for the weapons ensues, and M’s hunch that the plane containing the bombs will make a clean drop into the ocean sends Bond to the Bahamas to investigate. On the island paradise, 007 finds a wealthy pleasure seeker’s treasure hunt and meets Domino Vitali, the gorgeous mistress of Emilio Largo, otherwise known as SPECTRE’s Number 1. But as powerful as Number 1 is, he works for someone else: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a peculiar man with a deadly creative mind.
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) – Vivienne Michel is a troubled young woman on the run. Fleeing England she comes to a deserted motel in the Adirondack Mountains where she thinks she has finally escaped her past. Sluggsy and Horror are ruthless mobsters on a mission of their own. Holding a terrified Viv hostage in the motel, they plot death and destruction. Bond has just one night to take on the gangsters. But with two hardened killers to outwit, and time running out, can he save Vivienne – and himself?
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963) – Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of the terrorist organization SPECTRE, is holed up in his Alpine base, researching a terrifying biological weapon. 007’s mission is to gain access to Blofeld’s icy retreat and gather information vital to guaranteeing world safety. A new alliance with the troubled daughter of the head of the French mafia offers 007 the chance to bring down his nemesis once and for all – but will Bond be prepared to pay the ultimate price for victory?
  • You Only Live Twice (1964) – Bond is shattered by the murder of his wife at the hands of Ernst Stavro Blofeld but M. gives him one last chance. To save his job, James Bond needs to infiltrate and destroy the Castle of Death in exchange for top-secret Japanese intelligence. 007 must learn the skills of ninja warriors and face his ultimate enemy in a battle to the death.

The Man with the Golden Gun - Classic Bond - James Bond Books in Order by Ian Fleming

  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1965) – A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It’s time for him to prove he can be trusted again. Bond finds his man in the sweltering heat of Jamaica. He plans to infiltrate Scaramanga’s gang of criminals to get close to the man himself. But if he fails, Bond will be the next target for the golden gun.
  • Octopussy & The Living Daylights (1966) – Four tales of intrigue that push 007 to the limit and find the secret agent questioning where he can go from there…

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Colonel Sun - James Bond Books in Order

  • Colonel Sun (1968) – written by Kingsley Amis, as Robert Markham . The life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency…until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped. The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island, where Colonel Sun Liang-tan of the People’s Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex-Nazi atrocity expert in a world-menacing conspiracy. Stripped of all professional aids, Bond faces, unarmed, the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical endurance.
  • License Renewed (1981) – written by John Gardner. The most famous secret agent in the world pits his nerve and cunning against a dangerously deranged opponent-one prepared to sacrifice most of the Western world to prove that only he can make it safe from accidental holocaust. As the seconds tick away on the valued Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the world comes nearer this ironic annihilation; Bond comes nearer a frightful death and ever nearer Miss Lavender Peacock.
  • For Special Services (1982) – written by John Gardner. Bond is on loan to the United States government, his partner none other than the tough and beautiful Cedar, daughter of 007’s old friend Felix Leiter. Their enemy? An old adversary, the legendary SPECTRE has reappeared. Bond and Cedar find themselves in some deadly and terrifying situations-from skyjack to plunging elevator, from armies of killer ants in the Midwest to horror on a private monorail-before they come face to face with the heir to Blofeld’s iniquitous empire.
  • Icebreaker (1983) – written by John Gardner. Bond reluctantly finds himself recruited into a dangerous mission involving an equally dangerous and treacherous alliance of agents from the CIA, the KGB, and Israel’s Mossad. The team dubbed “Icebreaker” wastes no time double-crossing each other, as they try to root out the leader of the murderous National Socialist Action Army, Count Konrad von Gloda, a one-time SS officer, who now perceives himself as the New Adolf Hitler.

Role of Honour - James Bond Books in Order

  • Role of Honour (1984) – written by John Gardner . Following scandal and his shock resignation from Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, James Bond becomes a gun for hire; able, and willing, to sell his lethal skills to the highest bidder. And SPECTRE, it seems, are eager to have the disgraced British super spy on their payroll. But before he can be fully embraced by his new employer – and deadliest enemy – 007 must first prove his loyalty. And in doing so he must threaten with nuclear annihilation everything he has fought his whole life to defend. Until honor is fully restored…
  • Nobody Lives Forever (1986) – written by John Gardner . Bond was supposed to be on leave. But SPECTRE leader Tamil Rahani, dying from injuries suffered at Bond’s hand, is determined to make it the holiday to die for. With a price on his head, Bond must evade the world’s greatest assassins in a ruthless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe, while trying to save the lives of the two women who matter to him most, his housekeeper May and Miss Moneypenny. But Bond has been a target before. And when it comes to staying alive, nobody does it better than 007.
  • No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987) – written by John Gardner . Two female agents of Operation Cream Cake – double agents and honey traps against the KGB – are murdered. Bond must find the others and conduct them to safety before they meet a similar fate. In a race against time, Bond travels to Ireland and the KGB is soon on the scene. But all is not as it seems and soon Bond finds he needs all his wits to negotiate a labyrinth of double-crossing that is to lead him to a bewildering showdown in a remote corner of the Kowloon province of Hong Kong, where, weaponless, he is hunted by four assassins.
  • Scorpius (1988) – written by John Gardner . When the body of a mysterious woman is found to be carrying the phone number of James Bond, Bond is called in by M to help the investigation. But before he can even reach headquarters he is nearly run off the road in a high-speed motorway chase. Someone wants Bond dead. Then Bond discovers that the woman was a member of a cult society known as “The Meek Ones”, with murky links to a wealthy arms dealer. Soon, hideous acts of terrorism begin to roll out across Britain and Bond finds himself in a race against time to track down the faceless criminal behind the horror …

Win, Lose Or Die - James Bond Books in Order

  • Win, Lose Or Die (1989) – written by John Gardner. When M receives word that a known terrorist organization is planning to infiltrate and destroy a top-secret British Royal Navy aircraft carrier-based summit of world leaders, James Bond is returned to active duty in the Royal Navy. Promoted from Commander to Captain, Bond is expected to infiltrate the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and identify potential sleeper agents. As he struggles to complete his mission, a massive war game is being carried out between the American, British, and Soviet Navies. And when Bond gets caught up in a murder investigation the safety of the most powerful leaders on the planet hangs in the balance…
  • Licence to Kill (1989, novelization) – written by John Gardner. Bond has lost his licence to kill. After he took revenge on the CIA agent who handed his friend over to the master criminal, Sanchez, M revoked his double 0 status and he’s considered a rogue agent. With MI6 trying to bring him in and only the support of Q behind him Bond goes after Sanchez. Boarding his ship, Bond tricks his way into Sanchez’s inner circle and discovers the secret of his wealth. But Bond is walking a tightrope and it is surely only a matter of time before he slips …
  • Brokenclaw (1990) – written by John Gardner. On holiday in Victoria, British Columbia, Bond becomes by intrigued Lee Fu-Chu, a half-Blackfoot, half-Chinese philanthropist who is known as “Brokenclaw” because of a deformed hand. On his return to the UK Bond is tasked to investigate the kidnapping of several scientists who have been working on a new submarine detection system. It becomes clear that Brokenclaw is behind the kidnapping and worse, he has a devastating plan to cause an economic meltdown through the collapse of the dollar. Bond has no choice but to enter his lair.…
  • The Man from Barbarossa (1991) – written by John Gardner. James Bond has been partnered with an Israeli Mossad agent, Pete Natkowitz, and assigned to work with the KGB to infiltrate a terrorist group. The group, The Scales of Justice, are demanding the trial of a suspected Nazi war criminal, and each day of delay brings another death. Posing as a TV crew, Bond and the other agents attempt to discover the group’s real motive. When Bond realises that the real aim is to supply Iraq with nuclear weapons just before the United Nations-led coalition invades he faces the most crucial mission of his life.

Death Is Forever - James Bond Books in Order

  • Death Is Forever (1992) – written by John Gardner. The Cold War is over. After two British agents die under mysterious and strangely old-fashioned circumstances in Germany, Bond is paired up with beautiful CIA agent ‘Easy’ St John. He’s been assigned to track down the surviving members of “Cabal”, a Cold War-era intelligence network that received a mysterious and unauthorised signal to disband. It’s not long before Bond and Easy find themselves playing a life-or-death game as they try to figure out who they can trust. All the while, Cabal agents are dying one by one …
  • Never Send Flowers (1993) – written by John Gardner. The legendary 007 discovers a link between four assassinations, and Bond’s investigation takes him on a wild intercontinental chase culminating in a chilling pursuit through EuroDisney.
  • Seafire (1994) – written by John Gardner. James Bond and his gorgeous partner, Freddie von Gru+a5sse, investigate the disappearance of self-made billionaire Sir Maxwell Lustig and become caught up in a deadly international arms trade and an ecological disaster that threatens the entire globe.
  • GoldenEye (1995, novelization) – written by John Gardner. Once Xenia worked for the KGB. But her new master is Janus, a powerful and ambitious Russian leader who no longer cares about ideology. Janus’s ambitions are money and power: his normal business methods include theft and murder. And he has just acquired Goldeneye, a piece of high-tech space technology with the power to destroy or corrupt the West’s financial markets. But Janus has underestimated his most determined enemy: James Bond.

Cold - James Bond Books in Order

  • Cold (1996) – written by John Gardner. James Bond is on a mission that will become an obsession. It starts the night Flight 229 is torn apart at Washington airport, killing 435 passengers. But the victim who matters to Bond is the Principessa Sukie Tempesta: once his lover, still his friend. The search for Sukie’s killers will turn out to be the most complex and demanding assignment of Bond’s career. Across continents and through ever-changing labyrinths of evil, he follows the traces of clues into the center of a fanatical society more deadly than any terrorist army. Its code name is COLD .
  • Blast From the Past (1997, short story) – written by Raymond Benson. included in the 2008 omnibus release The Union Trilogy .
  • Zero Minus Ten (1997) – written by Raymond Benson. When Agent 007 is sent to Hong Kong to investigate the infamous Chinese underworld called Triad, he uncovers a diabolical plot of revenge that threatens to derail the return of the former British colony to China.
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997, novelization) – written by Raymond Benson. Elliot Carver – the ultra-rich media mogul – has found a way to “create” news and broadcast it all over the world as it happens. Now he has devised the ultimate plan: to start a war between Great Britain and China. The conflict will reach every television in the world and garner the highest ratings in history. A man who can start a war anytime and anywhere he pleases – and then profit from it – will be the most powerful man in the world. But Carver didn’t count on James Bond.
  • The Facts of Death (1998) – written by Raymond Benson. The murder of Britain’s “Goodwill Ambassador to the World” leads James Bond on a desperate search for the Number Killer, a mysterious assassin, a quest that leads him to a fanatical cult and its mad leader.

High Time to Kill - James Bond Books in Order

  • Midsummer Night’s Doom (1999, short story) – written by Raymond Benson. included in the omnibus Choice of Weapons .
  • High Time to Kill (1999) – written by Raymond Benson. During a dinner party with an old friend, James Bond encounters a vicious new criminal organization called “The Union,” an international group that may be responsible for the theft of information vital to Britain’s national security.
  • Live at Five (1999, short story) – written by Raymond Benson. reprinted in the 2010 omnibus release, Choice of Weapons .
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999, novelization) – written by Raymond Benson. After an oil tycoon is murdered at the London headquarters of M16, James Bond is assigned to protect the dead man’s daughter from her father’s killer, who once tried to kidnap her for ransom
  • Double Shot (2000) – written by Raymond Benson. An intricately organized criminal organization has vowed revenge on the man who thwarted their last coup. Their method for getting revenge is ingenious, to force 007 into believing that he’s going mad.

Never Dream of Dying - James Bond Books in Order

  • Never Dream of Dying (2001) – written by Raymond Benson. James Bond, 007, finally comes face to face with his most cunning nemesis-the enigmatic blind criminal mastermind behind the sinister organization known only as the Union.
  • The Man With the Red Tattoo (2002) – written by Raymond Benson. In Tokyo, a fatal strain of West Nile virus has infected-and killed-the head of the world’s largest genetic research company and his family. Whoever is behind the murders is far more dangerous than the average assassin-dangerous enough to send in James Bond. Teamed with a beautiful Japanese agent, 007 must predict the next attack-and stop a weapon powerful enough to destroy the Western world.
  • Die Another Day (2002, novelization) – written by Raymond Benson. From North Korea to Iceland, Bond circles the world in his quest to unmask a traitor and prevent a war of catastrophic proportions. Crossing paths with beautiful allies and deadly assassins in a high-octane, action adventure of intrigue, revenge and betrayal. Never has Bond been so vulnerable, nor so dangerous….

Devil May Care - James Bond Books in Order

  • Devil May Care (2008) – written by Sebastian Faulks. An Algerian drug runner is brutally executed on the desolate outskirts of Paris and 007 is assigned a new task; to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate. Alongside a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava, Bond must stop a chain of events that will lead to global catastrophe.
  • Carte Blanche (2011) – written by Jeffery Deaver. James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan War, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6, and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission…
  • Solo (2013) – written by William Boyd. It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond’s renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors. Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

Trigger Mortis - James Bond Books in Order

  • Trigger Mortis (2015) – written by Anthony Horowitz. It’s 1957 and James Bond has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end. Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological superiority. And SMERSH is back. The Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race at the most dangerous track in Europe. But it’s Bond who finds himself in the driving seat and events take an unexpected turn when he observes a suspicious meeting between SMERSH’s driver and a sinister Korean millionaire, Jai Seong Sin. Soon Bond is pitched into an entirely different race uncovering a plan that could bring the West to its knees.
  • Forever and a Day (2018) – written by Anthony Horowitz. A prequel to Casino Royale. The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseilles, killed by an unknown hand. It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organized crime. It’s time for James Bond to earn his license to kill. This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera.
  • With a Mind to Kill (2022) – written by Anthony Horowitz. It is M’s funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in custody, accused of M’s murder – James Bond. Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion’s den – but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives? In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.
  • On His Majesty’s Secret Service (2023) – written by Charlie Higson . It is the 4th of May, two days before the coronation of King Charles III and the world’s favourite spy has his work cut out for him.Bond is sent at the last minute to thwart an attempt to disrupt the Coronation by the wealthy, eccentric and self-styled Athelstan of Wessex, who is on a deadly mission of his own to teach the United Kingdom a lesson. Can Bond dismantle his shady plans and defeat his privately hired team of mercenaries?

Read The Young Bond Series in Order

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  • Silverfin (2005) – written by Charlie Higson. James Bond will one day become the world’s most famous spy, but right now his challenge is to fit in at his new school: making friends, learning the rules and standing up to bullies. However, unknown to James there is an even tougher challenge awaiting him on the remote shores of Loch Silverfin – a terrifying discovery that threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare. For something mysterious and deadly is lurking in the water . .
  • Blood Fever (2006) – written by Charlie Higson. An Eton boy’s family disappears at sea. A shadowy secret society meets in a hidden corner of James’ school. And far from England, in the bandit-infested interior of Sardinia, the sinister count Carnifex has built himself a mountain fortress. Is there a connection? Young Bond is about to find out – and face a lethal group of villains beneath the burning Mediterranean sun.
  • Double or Die (2007) – written by Charlie Higson. In a London cemetery a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. A suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles. Once the code is cracked, he has just 48 hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy both teacher and student – and the rest of the world . . .
  • Hurricane Gold (2007) – written by Charlie Higson. James Bond is vacationing in Mexico at the home of ex–flying ace Jack Stone when a hurricane hits. As the storm rages, a gang of thieves targets the contents of Stone’s safe. Stone’s children are kidnapped, and James embarks on a perilous rescue mission that leads him to Lágrimas Negras, a haven for deadly criminals. James will have to use all of his cunning to outwit their leader, El Huracán. But the only way off the island is through a treacherous maze, La Avenida de la Muerte. On this terrifying trail of greed and betrayal, only danger is guaranteed . . . survival is not.

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  • By Royal Command (2008) – written by Charlie Higson. Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, Bond hopes to return to a quiet life at Eton. But he won’t get his wish – his every move is being watched, and he is dragged into a sinister plot that will bring carnage to his school, and his country. Forced to flee to Austria, James is soon trapped in a deadly war of secrets and lies, as a nightmare reunion with an old enemy throws him once more into the path of death . . .
  • A Hard Man to Kill (2009, short story)- written by Charlie Higson. included in the companion book, Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier .
  • Shoot to Kill (2014) – written by Steve Cole. Expelled from Eton and determined never to trust again, James Bond’s plans for a solitary summer are dashed by the discovery of a gruesome film reel – a reel someone is willing to kill for. Travelling from the English countryside to Los Angeles, James finds himself caught up in a sinister plot of blackmail, murder and revenge that goes way beyond any Hollywood gangster movie. His friends in danger, his life on the line, James must find a way out.
  • Heads You Die (2016) – written by Steve Cole. James’s Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save an old friend from a villain who has perfected 1,000 ways to kill. With corrupt cops and hired assassins hot on his heels, James must travel through Havana and brave Caribbean waters to stop a countdown to mass murder. Fates will be decided with the flip of a coin. Heads or tails. Live or die.

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  • Strike Lightning (2016) – written by Steve Cole. When James stumbles upon a horrific sight, he knows things are not what they seem. His school is determined to make him believe what happened was an accident, but James believes what he saw was murder. The significance of the events at school only come to light in the course of an adventure that takes James across Europe and puts him within range of a warmongering villain. Has James got what it takes to triumph over this man, the worst kind of enemy, who boasts a new kind of weapon?
  • Red Nemesis (2017) – written by Steve Cole. James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the grave. The package’s mysterious contents put James at the heart of a long-running plot that, if it runs its course, will paint London’s streets red with blood. Not only will James have to fight to stay alive and save the country he loves, but to clear the Bond family name, which he holds so dear. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and James doesn’t know who he can trust . . .

Read The Moneypenny Diaries in Order

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  • Guardian Angel (2005) – When Miss Moneypenny hears that her favourite agent James Bond’s secret Cuban mission is jeopardised and his life in danger, she impulsively plunges into the glamorous, dangerous world of espionage to save his skin.
  • For Her Eyes Only, James (2005, short story) – collected in The Moneypenny Diaries: Secret Chapters.
  • Secret Servant (2006) – In the grip of an uncertain love affair and haunted by a dark family secret, the last thing Jane Moneypenny needs is a crisis at work. But the Secret Intelligence Service is in chaos. One senior officer is on trial for treason, another has defected to Moscow . . . and worst of all, her beloved James Bond has been brainwashed by the KGB. Only a woman’s touch can save them.
  • Moneypenny’s First Date With Bond (2006, short story) – collected in The Moneypenny Diaries: Secret Chapters .
  • Final Fling (2008) – It’s the mid-1960s and the British secret intelligence service has been hit by a series of defection scandals. Facing considerable personal danger, Jane Moneypenny joins forces with 007 to try to smoke out a mole that she is convinced is buried deep in the heart of MI6. But when Bond is sacked and M forced into retirement, Moneypenny may have to find him alone. Forty-two years later, Miss Moneypenny’s niece and heir, Kate Westbrook, begins to suspect that her aunt’s death was not an accident. She is sure the answers to what happened lie in the search for the mole – somewhere between the glamour of Jamaica to the treacherous beaches of the Outer Hebrides. But as she pieces the clues together, she realises that there are significant forces determined to prevent her learning the truth . . .

Ian Fleming’s James Bond Books in Chronological Order

What is the best way to read James Bond, after the publication order? And, what is, actually, the series’s chronological order? Bond scholars John Griswold and Henry Chancellor both tried to offer an answer to that question. Both of them are in agreement for the first eight novels and five short stories, but their opinions diverge after that. Let’s take a look:

  • Casino Royale
  • Live and Let Die
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • From Russia, with Love
  • Risico – short story from For Your Eyes Only
  • Quantum of Solace – short story from For Your Eyes Only
  • The Hildebrand Rarity – short story from For Your Eyes Only
  • From a View to a Kill – short story from For Your Eyes Only
  • For Your Eyes Only – short story from For Your Eyes Only
  • Thunderball

Following is Griswold’s chronological order for the rest of James Bond’s adventures:

  • Octopussy – short story from Octopussy & The Living Daylights
  • The Living Daylights – short story from Octopussy & The Living Daylights
  • The Property of a Lady – short story from Octopussy & The Living Daylights
  • Chapters one to five of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • 007 in New York – short story from Octopussy & The Living Daylights
  • Chapters 10 to 14 of The Spy Who Loved Me (Bond is totally absent from chapters 1–9 and 15 of The Spy Who Loved Me)
  • Chapters 6 to 20 of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Man with the Golden Gun

Following is Chancellor’s chronological order for the rest of James Bond’s adventures:

  • Chapters 10 to 14 of The Spy Who Loved Me

If you like the James Bond reading, you may also want to see our guide to Clive Cussler’s series or the Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series . Don’t hesitate to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to discover more book series.

A contributing writer here, Carole is in charge of comicbooktreasury.com, our sister website dedicated to comic book reading orders. She likes reading Fantasy books, classical literature, and non-fiction about how Victorians died (but also lived), Her favorite authors are Terry Pratchett, Jane Austen, Kurt Vonnegut, and Robin Hobb. Follow her on Twitter .

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How to read the James Bond books in order

Here is the definitive reading order for the complete collection of James Bond novels from 1953 to present day.

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James Bond was a publishing sensation as soon as the first novel reached bookstands in 1953. Each of the first three U.K. print runs of Ian Fleming’s first novel Casino Royale sold out within a month and earned the author a three-book deal. While it took a few editions for the series to make a mark in the U.S., Fleming had hit on publishing gold with his Bond stories. His tales of the British intelligence officer drew on the author’s experience in British Naval Intelligence during World War II, and within a few years, the books were bolstered by the Eon film series of which the last release was 2021’s No Time To Die .

The official film series diverged from the novels from the start, and if you’re familiar with 007’s cinematic exploits, then you may be surprised by Fleming’s source novels. Set in the 1950s and early 1960s, his books are very much of their time. While the films have contended with altered continuity and changing attitudes over the past half-century, some of the themes and descriptions Fleming used should be approached with caution by modern audiences. 

Just as James Bond’s on-screen exploits weren’t ready to shut down in the mid-1960s, the books survived Fleming’s death in 1964. So far, the series has been continued in various styles and periods by eight authors. The Ian Fleming Estate even commissioned the spin-off series Young James Bond and The Moneypenny Diaries , although this list will target the official adult Bond novels.

Here is the ideal reading order for James Bond’s many appearances on the page.

Ian Fleming’s James Bond books

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Fleming published a Bond book every year from 1953 to his death. When Dr. No became the first Eon film, it drew on the title and rough plot of the more recent 1958 novel, establishing a break from the novel continuity that would last. The movies would notably use this to their advantage, picking plot points from different books and assembling movies that responded better to cinematic trends. Examples include the Blaxploitation film riffs of 1973’s Live and Let Die and the Star Wars -inspired space fights of 1979’s Moonraker . However, the films would make memorable use of Fleming’s zinging titles up to 2008’s Quantum of Solace .

  • 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 (1960 ⏤ includes the short stories For Your Eyes Only , Quantum of Solace , Risico , and The Hildebrand Rarity )
  • 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 (1966 ⏤ includes the short stories Octopussy , The Living Daylights , The Property of a Lady , and 007 in New York )

Reading Ian Fleming’s Bond novels chronologically 

Ian Fleming was famously vague on dates in his Bond books, although scholars have agreed that their chronology roughly follows their publication order. Some researchers, like John Griswold in his Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories , have established a specific timeline for Fleming’s novels. If you’d like to read Bond’s original adventures in chronological order, including Fleming’s short stories with his novels, then this is the list for you. 

John Griswold’s chronology for reading Ian Fleming’s novels

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  • Casino Royale — May to July 1951 or May to July 1952
  • Live and Let Die — January to February 1952
  • Moonraker — May 1953
  • Diamonds Are Forever — July to August 1953
  • From Russia, with Love — June to August 1954
  • Dr. No — February to March 1956
  • Goldfinger — April to June 1957
  • Risico — October 1957
  • Quantum of Solace — February 1958
  • The Hildebrand Rarity — April 1958
  • From a View to a Kill — May 1958
  • For Your Eyes Only — September to October 1958
  • Thunderball — May to June 1959
  • Octopussy — June 1960
  • The Living Daylights — September to October 1960
  • The Property of a Lady — June 1961
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Chapters 1-5) — September 1961
  • 007 in New York — September 1961
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (Chapters 10-14, the Bond section) — October 1961
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Chapters 6-20) — November 1961 to January 1962
  • You Only Live Twice — August 1962 to April 1963
  • The Man With the Golden Gun — November 1963 to February 1964

After Ian Fleming

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After Fleming died in 1964, his publishers posthumously released The Man with the Golden Gun and the short story collection Octopussy . To retain rights to the Bond character, they quickly commissioned Kingsley Amis to pen a sequel. Rare for a non-Fleming novel, the Eon film series subsequently picked up some of Amis’ plot points. 

Also included in this list are the three notable bond fictions of the 1970s.

  • Colonel Sun — Kingsley Amis, writing as Robert Markham (1968)
  • James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 — John Pearson (1973)
  • James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (novelization) — Christopher Wood (1977)
  • James Bond and Moonraker (novelization) — Christopher Wood (1979)

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John Gardner’s James Bond Books

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John Gardner, an ex-Royal Marine commando, resumed the book series in 1980. Gardner retained the ages of Fleming’s characters but brought them forward to a contemporary 1980s setting. His novels achieved commercial success, although he didn’t have the same gift for book titles as Fleming. The extravagances of the film series naturally influenced these stories and some plots were criticized for being a little far-fetched.

  • Licence Renewed (1981)
  • For Special Services (1982)
  • Icebreaker (1983)
  • Role of Honour (1984)
  • Nobody Lives for Ever (1986)
  • No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987)
  • Scorpius (1988)
  • Win, Lose or Die (1989)
  • Licence to Kill (novelization) (1989)
  • Brokenclaw (1990)
  • The Man from Barbarossa (1991)
  • Death is Forever (1992)
  • Never Send Flowers (1993)
  • SeaFire (1994)
  • GoldenEye (novelization) (1995)
  • Cold (1996)

Raymond Benson James Bond Books

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Raymond Benson was the first American to write for Bond on-page. Like Gardner and Fleming, he didn’t hang about, sometimes publishing multiple stories in one year. He was hand-selected by Ian Fleming Publications to take over from Gardner after writing The James Bond Bedside Companion in 1984 and contributing to the 1985 video game James Bond 007: A View to a Kill and 1986’s Goldfinger . 

Although the setting remained contemporary, Benson stripped away Gardner’s continuity and returned to Fleming’s habit of penning short and long-form Bond stories.

  • Blast From the Past (short story) (1997)
  • Zero Minus Ten (1997)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (novelization) (1997)
  • The Facts of Death (1998)
  • Midsummer Night’s Doom (short story) (1999)
  • High Time to Kill (1999)
  • Live at Five (short story) (1999)
  • The World Is Not Enough (novelization) (1999)
  • DoubleShot (2000)
  • Never Dream of Dying (2001)
  • The Man with the Red Tattoo (2002)
  • Die Another Day (novelization) (2002)

Recent Bond Books

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In 2008, the Ian Fleming Estate moved original Bond novels in a different direction, opening them to well-known literary authors such as Sebastian Faulks. By dispensing with internal continuity, this arguably freed the book franchise as much as the movie series. Authors have demonstrated their flexibility in style and setting, ranging from the 1950s to the present day. 

While Carte Blanche brought Bond to a contemporary setting, Solo is set after Fleming’s continuity in 1969. Anthony Horowitz took over the series in 2015 and has published two novels, set in 1957 and 1950, respectively.

Devil May Care — Sebastian Faulks (2008)  Carte Blanche — Jeffery Deaver (2011) Solo — William Boyd (2013)  Trigger Mortis — Anthony Horowitz (2015) Forever and a Day — Anthony Horowitz (2018).

James Bond will soon return, as Anthony Horowitz’s next 007 novel is due out in 2022. 

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Reading the James Bond books in order of publication unveils an evolution of Ian Fleming’s hero.

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The world of spy thrillers would not be complete without the iconic character of James Bond. Ian Fleming said he started writing Casino Royale , the first of the James Bond books, in order to take his mind off his impending wedding. In doing so he captivated readers and left an indelible mark on popular culture.

In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of the James Bond books, exploring the genesis of the character, the evolution of the series, and its enduring legacy.

Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in order of publication

Ian Fleming’s 14 James Bond books were first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and in the US by Macmillan.

Casino Royale (1953 UK/1954 US)

The inaugural James Bond adventure  introduces readers to the suave and enigmatic secret agent as he takes on Le Chiffre in a high-stakes game of baccarat, setting the stage for the iconic series.

Live And Let Die (1954 UK/1955 US)

Bond navigates the treacherous world of crime and voodoo in pursuit of Mr Big, a dangerous criminal kingpin with connections that extend from Harlem and reach deep into the Caribbean.

Moonraker (1955)

The third Bond novel sees 007 on home territory as he investigates a multimillionaire who has funded a missile for Britain designed as an independent nuclear deterrent.

Diamonds Are Forever (1956)

Bond’s mission takes him from smuggling diamond into New York to the glitzy casinos of Las Vegas, offering a captivating blend of intrigue and adventure.

From Russia, With Love (1957)

In a tale of Cold War espionage, Bond faces off against the deadly Russian agent Red Grant and the mysterious SMERSH – death to spies .

Dr No (1958)

The exotic backdrop of Jamaica provides the setting for Bond’s clash with the enigmatic Dr No, a nefarious figure bent on disrupting American rocket launches.

Goldfinger (1959)

Bond takes on the gold smuggler Auric Goldfinger – and card cheat – whose grand scheme threatens the world’s financial stability.

For Your Eyes Only (1960)

A collection of five short stories, For Your Eyes Only  presents Bond in a series of gripping short adventures.

Thunderball (1961)

When two nuclear warheads are stolen by the mysterious SPECTRE organization, Bond is sent to the Bahamas to track them down down and eventually leading to an underwater confrontation.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)

The Spy Who Loved Me is unique in that it features Bond from the perspective of a female protagonist, Vivienne Michel, as she finds her life in danger.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)

Bond’s quest to dismantle the villainous Blofeld’s criminal empire, SPECTRE, takes a personal turn as he becomes romantically entangled with his future wife.

You Only Live Twice (1964)

Bond is sent to Japan on a diplomatic mission, only to end up confronting Blofeld once again. The book is an intriguing fusion of Eastern traditions and Western espionage.

The Man With The Golden Gun (1965)

Bond’s faces both personal and professional challenges in Fleming’s final novel as he is sent to the Caribbean to track down the notorious killer, Francisco Scaramanga.

Octopussy & The Living Daylights (1966) This collection originally included two short stories but recent editions contain two more, offering readers a look at other facets of the character.

Fleming was born in 1908 and led a life as intriguing as his fictional creation. Before becoming a renowned author, Fleming worked as a journalist and served as a senior naval intelligence officer during World War II. His experiences in the intelligence community laid the foundation for his gripping tales of espionage. Each book offers a unique blend of action, suspense, and intricate plots. Fleming’s distinctive writing style with meticulous attention to detail and vivid descriptions immerse readers in a world of exotic locations and larger-than-life characters.

Central to the success of the James Bond series is the character’s evolution throughout the books. Initially portrayed as a suave and ruthless secret agent, Bond gradually reveals layers of complexity, making him more relatable and human. From his vices to his vulnerabilities, Bond’s character reflects the shades of grey that define the human condition.

The Bond books introduced a range of elements that have become synonymous with the series. From Bond’s fast cars , exotic locations and glamourous women to his exacting preferences for food and drink, these details contribute to the larger-than-life image of the character. Equally significant are the memorable villains Bond encounters and the intriguing allies and romantic interests that add depth to the narratives.

Through captivating storytelling, Fleming created a character that has become a symbol of suave sophistication, thrilling adventures, and the eternal struggle between good and evil. Bond’s legacy continues to captivate audiences, making him a timeless icon in the pantheon of literary and cinematic heroes.

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James Bond Encyclopedia 2007, John Cork & Collin Stutz

007 James Bond: A Report 1964, OF Snelling

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21 sep 2022, @lucejuiceluce.

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James Bond is undoubtedly one of the most famous characters to have ever been created. The escapades of the suave British super-spy have borne 25 highly-popular films fronted by some of the most famous actors in the world, while more than 100 million copies of the James Bond novels have been sold to date.

The brainchild of British author, journalist and former naval intelligence officer  Ian Fleming , the character of James Bond is, in Fleming’s words, ‘…a compound of all the secret agents and commando types I met during the war.’ The literary franchise of novels and short stories were all penned at Fleming’s  Jamaican estate ‘Goldeneye’  during leave from his job as Foreign Manager for Kemsley Newspapers, and are set in a contemporary period during Fleming’s lifetime from 1951-64.

Also known by his code name 007, the eponymous  British Secret Service  agent first came to life in the 1953 novel  Casino Royale,  of which the 4,728 first edition copies sold out in less than a month.

Here’s a breakdown of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in order, highlighting his novels and short stories.

Casino Royale

One of the most famous Bond novels, Fleming wrote Casino Royale in early 1952 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica while waiting to get married. The storyline deals more broadly with themes of Britain’s position in the world, especially with regards to British agent defections to the Soviet Union and the resultant deterioration in relations with the US. Fleming was originally unsure whether the novel was suitable for publication; however, the book was well-reviewed and sold out in less than a month after its UK release in April 1953.

Live and Let Die

Set in London, the US and Jamaica, Fleming wrote Live and Let Die  before  Casino Royale  was published. Much of the information in the book came from Fleming’s own travels in the US and Jamaica. The novel deals with themes of East-West Cold War struggles , race relations and the struggle between good and evil. It was also well-received by critics, with the first run quickly selling out.

The plot of  Moonraker  was derived from a screenplay by Fleming that was deemed too short for a full novel. Uniquely for a Bond novel, it is set entirely in Britain, which was a point of criticism from readers who desired more exotic locations. Nonetheless, it was well-received. Thematically, it played on several 1950s fears such as nuclear annihilation , Soviet communism and the re-emergence of Nazism .

Diamonds are Forever

The plot of Diamonds are Forever was inspired by a newspaper article about diamond smuggling. Indeed, much of Fleming’s background research formed the basis for a non-fiction book he released in 1957 titled  The Diamond Smugglers.   Diamonds are Forever  deals with themes of marriage, international travel and the ever-changing nature of life. The novel received positive reviews, then was serialised in the  Daily Express  newspaper.

From Russia, with Love

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When Fleming wrote  From Russia, with Love,  he thought it might be his last Bond novel. It was inspired by his visit to Turkey on behalf of  The Sunday Times to report on an Interpol conference, from which he returned to Britain on the Orient Express . The novel examines themes relating to East-West Cold War tensions and the decline of British power and influence in the post-World War Two era . The novel received positive reviews, and sales were helped by a visit from then British Prime Minister Anthony Eden to the Goldeneye estate, and an article in  Life  magazine which stated that the novel was one of then US President’s John F. Kennedy’s favourite books.

Dr. No  actually began as a screenplay for producer Henry Morgenthau III for a proposed television show titled ‘Commander Jamaica’. When that didn’t come to fruition, Fleming adapted the screenplay into a novel, with the eponymous villain inspired by writer Sax Rohmer’s ‘Fu Manchu’ stories. The novel was widely criticised in Britain, being dubbed in the  New Statesman as being a novel of ‘Sex, Snobbery and Sadism’. It did more favourably amongst the US market, however.

The character of James Bond was presented as a more complex figure in Goldfinger , as he is depicted as a somewhat ‘St George’ figure who, as a British agent, must solve an American problem. As is common in Fleming’s Bond novels, he used the name of someone he knew as the villain, with the eponymous character named after architect Ernő Goldfinger, who threatened to sue Fleming for the use of his name. Upon release,  Goldfinger became an instant bestseller, and was serialised as a daily story and comic strip in the  Daily Express. 

For Your Eyes Only

A collection of short stories featuring Bond,  For Your Eyes Only  marked a change for Fleming, who had only published full-length novels until then. The collection contains five stories such as Quantum of Solace , with four of the plots being adaptations of television series that were never filmed. The format was more experimental, and one story was written as a homage to author W. Somerset Maugham, who Fleming greatly admired.

Thunderball

This was the first novelisation of an un-filmed James Bond screenplay, and was a collaboration by five people, of whom only three received credit, a controversy that went to court. The novel introduced the character of Ernst Starvo, leader of crime syndicate SPECTRE, who went on to appear in  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service  and  You Only Live Twice.

The Spy Who Loved Me

This is the shortest and most sexually explicit of Fleming’s Bond series, and marks a departure from previous Bond novels in that it is told in the first person by a young Canadian woman character called Vivienne Michel, who Fleming credits as co-author in the prologue. Due to reactions by critics and fans, Fleming wasn’t happy with the book and instead attempted to suppress elements of it where he could, such as blocking a paperback edition in the UK. A British paperback version was only published after his death.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Fleming wrote  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service  in Jamaica while  Dr. No  was being filmed nearby. It was the second in what is known as the ‘Blofeld trilogy’, which starts with  Thunderball  and concludes with  You Only Live Twice. Fleming made a number of revelations about Bond’s character in the book, such as an emotional side; Bond gets married in the book, though his wife is murdered shortly after the wedding, an experience which is thought to mirror Fleming’s grief after his wartime romance with a woman called Muriel Wright ended after she was killed by a bombing raid in 1944. The novel received broadly good reviews in the British and American press.

You Only Live Twice

This was the last Fleming novel published in his lifetime, and is the concluding chapter of the ‘Blofeld Trilogy’. The novel dealt with the emotional change from Bond as a depressed, grieving man, to a vengeful figure, to an amnesiac living as a Japanese fisherman. Fleming also examines the decline of post-World War Two Britain and influence, particularly when compared to the US. While the novel was popular among the public, it received mixed reviews from critics.

The Man with the Golden Gun

The Man with the Golden Gun  is the twelfth and final novel in Fleming’s Bond series, and the thirteenth Bond book in total. It was first published in April 1965, eight months after Fleming’s death. The first draft and part of the editing process was completed during Fleming’s life, but much detail, which Fleming normally added in the second draft, was missing. Though the novel was popular, it was politely but poorly reviewed.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights

Octopussy and the Living Daylights  (sometimes published as  Octopussy) is the final Bond novel written by Fleming. A collection of short stories published posthumously, the book originally contained two stories before more were added in subsequent editions. The two original stories –  Octopussy  and  The Living Daylights – were both adapted for publication in comic strip format in the Daily Express,  and all stories eventually published in the collection went on to influence film adaptations of James Bond.

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Dive into the world of James Bond, the iconic British Secret Service agent created by Ian Fleming. With his suave demeanor, impeccable style, and penchant for action, Bond has captivated audiences for over six decades.

Beginning with Fleming’s first novel, “Casino Royale,” the series has expanded into a literary and cinematic phenomenon that continues to enthrall fans across the globe.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the thrilling journey of Bond’s literary adventures in order , to offer you the chance to experience the exhilarating espionage and action-packed missions that define this legendary spy.

James Bond Books In Order

Who is Ian Fleming?

Who is Ian Fleming?

Ian Fleming was a British author, journalist, and naval intelligence officer best known for creating the iconic character of James Bond. Born in London in 1908, Fleming served in the Royal Navy during World War II, where he gained valuable experience and knowledge that would later influence his novels.

After the war, he began his writing career, penning the first Bond novel, “Casino Royale,” in 1953. Fleming went on to write a total of 14 James Bond books before his death in 1964.

About the James Bond Series:

The James Bond series revolves around the adventures of a British Secret Service agent with the code number 007. Known for his dashing style, cunning intelligence, and love for action, James Bond has become a timeless figure in popular culture.

Expert Tip: The series encompasses various espionage missions, exotic locations, and unforgettable villains, all of which contribute to the enduring appeal of the character.

Since Fleming’s original books, the series has expanded through the works of other authors and into a successful film franchise.

James Bond Books in Order:

James Bond Books in Order

Original James Bond Books by Ian Fleming in Publication 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 (1960) – Short Stories
  • 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 (1966) – Short Stories

Original James Bond Books by Ian Fleming in Chronological Order:

  • Casino Royale
  • Live and Let Die
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • From Russia with Love
  • For Your Eyes Only – Short Stories
  • Thunderball
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • Octopussy and The Living Daylights – Short Stories

Continuation of James Bond Series:

After Fleming’s death, numerous authors contributed to the Bond series, keeping the character alive through new adventures. Some of the notable authors include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, and more recently, William Boyd, and Anthony Horowitz.

James Bond Movie Novelizations:

In addition to the original novels and continuation novels, several movie novelizations have been written, based on the screenplays of the popular James Bond film series. These adaptations offer fans an alternate take on the cinematic stories, providing further insights into the world of 007.

A Summary of James Bond Books in Order

Casino royale (1953):.

Casino Royale (1953)

In this thrilling debut novel, Bond faces off against the sinister Le Chiffre, a high-ranking Soviet operative and paymaster for SMERSH, who has lost his organization’s money in a failed investment. To recover the funds, Le Chiffre organizes a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. Bond is sent to outplay Le Chiffre and bring him to justice.

Along the way, Bond forms a tragic love affair with Vesper Lynd, a fellow agent who harbors a dark secret.

Live and Let Die (1954):

Bond is tasked with investigating Mr. Big, a notorious Harlem gangster and SMERSH operative who uses voodoo and his criminal empire to smuggle gold coins from pirate treasure.

Bond’s mission takes him to New York, Florida, and the Caribbean, where he encounters deadly adversaries, and must rely on his wits, skills, and an alliance with CIA agent Felix Leiter to stop Mr. Big’s nefarious plans.

Moonraker (1955):

When Sir Hugo Drax, a wealthy businessman, plans to launch a nuclear missile called Moonraker as part of Britain’s defense program, Bond is sent to investigate Drax’s background. Uncovering a plot to destroy London with the missile, Bond and Gala Brand, a Special Branch agent, must work together to thwart Drax’s sinister plan and save the city from annihilation.

Diamonds Are Forever (1956):

Diamonds Are Forever (1956)

Bond infiltrates a diamond smuggling ring operating between Sierra Leone and Las Vegas, aiming to expose the mastermind behind it. As he delves deeper, Bond uncovers a connection to his old foes at SMERSH and a plot to use the diamonds to fund terrorism.

Along the way, he encounters the captivating Tiffany Case, who plays a crucial role in helping him infiltrate the criminal organization.

From Russia with Love (1957):

SMERSH hatches a plan to discredit and eliminate Bond, using a beautiful Russian cipher clerk, Tatiana Romanova, as bait. Believing he is being sent to Istanbul to secure a valuable decoding machine, Bond becomes entangled in the devious plot, facing deadly adversaries like the assassin Red Grant and SMERSH’s Colonel Rosa Klebb.

The novel showcases a deadly game of cat and mouse, with Bond’s life and reputation at stake.

Dr. No (1958):

Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of two MI6 agents. His inquiries lead him to the reclusive Dr. Julius No, a man with a mysterious past and a deadly plan involving nuclear weapons. Bond, along with the enchanting Honey Ryder, must navigate a treacherous island and confront the sinister Dr. No to prevent a global catastrophe.

Goldfinger (1959):

Goldfinger (1959)

Bond’s encounter with the wealthy and obsessive Auric Goldfinger reveals a plot to steal the gold reserves at Fort Knox. As Bond delves into Goldfinger’s criminal operations, he discovers connections to SMERSH and a plan that could destabilize the world economy.

With the help of the resourceful Pussy Galore, Bond must stop Goldfinger and his deadly henchman, Oddjob, from executing their nefarious scheme.

For Your Eyes Only (1960):

This collection of short stories includes five thrilling Bond adventures: “From a View to a Kill,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Risico,” and “The Hildebrand Rarity.” Each story showcases Bond’s exceptional skills, as he takes on a variety of dangerous missions, tackling international espionage, drug trafficking, and the twisted schemes of devious villains.

Thunderball (1961):

When the terrorist organization SPECTRE steals two atomic bombs and threatens to use them unless their ransom demands are met, Bond is assigned to Operation Thunderball, a mission to recover the weapons and dismantle the organization.

Alongside CIA agent Felix Leiter and Domino Vitali, the sister of one of SPECTRE’s key operatives, Bond faces off against the ruthless Emilio Largo and races against time to prevent a global catastrophe.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1962):

The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)

This unique entry in the series is told from the perspective of Vivienne Michel, a young woman who becomes involved with Bond when she encounters him at a remote motel in the Adirondack Mountains. Bond is on the trail of two dangerous assassins, Sluggsy and Horror, who have been sent to destroy the motel as part of an insurance scam.

Bond’s intervention saves Vivienne’s life, and together, they must outwit the assassins and expose the criminal conspiracy.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963):

Bond’s relentless pursuit of SPECTRE’s leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, leads him to the Swiss Alps, where he discovers a plot involving biological warfare. Infiltrating Blofeld’s research facility, Bond uncovers a scheme to distribute deadly viruses around the world.

Along the way, he falls in love with the troubled Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo, which ultimately leads to a poignant and unforgettable conclusion.

You Only Live Twice (1964):

After the tragic events of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” a grief-stricken Bond is sent to Japan on a mission to investigate the mysterious deaths of American and Soviet astronauts. Bond’s inquiries lead him to Blofeld, who has established a secret base on a volcanic island.

With the assistance of Japanese secret service agent Tiger Tanaka and the enigmatic Kissy Suzuki, Bond must confront his nemesis and prevent the escalation of the Cold War.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1965):

The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)

Bond is presumed dead after a failed mission, but he returns to London, only to be brainwashed by the KGB and sent to assassinate M. After a deprogramming process, Bond is given a chance at redemption by being assigned to eliminate the dangerous assassin Francisco Scaramanga, known as “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

Bond’s mission takes him to Jamaica, where he faces Scaramanga in a deadly showdown.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966):

This final collection of short stories features four exciting Bond adventures: “Octopussy,” “The Living Daylights,” “The Property of a Lady,” and “007 in New York.” In these tales, Bond tackles international jewel smuggling, snipers, and art auctions, while displaying his extraordinary skills as a secret agent.

The stories serve as a fitting finale to Ian Fleming’s original James Bond series.

While the original series by Ian Fleming concluded with “Octopussy and The Living Daylights,” the James Bond character has continued to live on through the works of various authors. Here is a selection of notable continuation novels:

Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham):

Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham)

In this first continuation novel, Bond must rescue M after he is kidnapped by the vengeful Colonel Sun Liang-tan. Bond’s investigation takes him to Greece, where he teams up with Ariadne Alexandrou, a Greek agent, to foil Colonel Sun’s plot to sabotage a Middle East peace conference.

License Renewed (1981) by John Gardner:

In this novel, Bond faces off against Dr. Anton Murik, a brilliant nuclear physicist planning a nuclear meltdown to extort ransom from the world’s governments. Teaming up with Lavender Peacock, Murik’s ward, Bond infiltrates Murik’s Scottish castle and must thwart his deadly scheme.

Zero Minus Ten (1997) by Raymond Benson:

As the handover of Hong Kong to China approaches, Bond is sent to investigate a series of bombings and suspicious deaths. Discovering a conspiracy to disrupt the handover and ignite a nuclear war, Bond races against time to prevent global chaos.

Devil May Care (2008) by Sebastian Faulks:

Devil May Care (2008) by Sebastian Faulks

Set in the 1960s, Bond is pitted against the ruthless Dr. Julius Gorner, a megalomaniac with plans to destabilize the Soviet Union through a massive drug operation. Bond, along with Scarlett Papava, a resourceful agent, must navigate the treacherous world of espionage to stop Gorner’s evil scheme.

Solo (2013) by William Boyd:

In this novel, Bond is sent on a rogue mission to a West African country embroiled in a civil war. Attempting to take down the ruthless mercenary Kobus Breed and his benefactor, Bond faces danger, deception, and moral dilemmas in a conflict-ridden environment.

Trigger Mortis (2015) by Anthony Horowitz:

Trigger Mortis (2015) by Anthony Horowitz

Set in the 1950s, Bond teams up with the original Bond girl, Pussy Galore, to thwart a plan by the villainous Jason Sin to destroy a US-Soviet summit in New York. The novel features a mix of classic Bond action, intrigue, and romance while staying true to the spirit of Fleming’s original series.

How many James Bond books are there in total?

As of my knowledge cutoff date is September 2021, and there are a total of 39 James Bond books. This number includes 14 original novels and short story collections by Ian Fleming, 24 continuation novels by various authors, and 1 movie novelization. It’s important to note that new Bond books may have been published since then, and the total count could have changed.

What was the last Bond book written by Ian Fleming?

The last Bond book written by Ian Fleming was “Octopussy and The Living Daylights,” a collection of short stories published in 1966. This compilation includes four stories: “Octopussy,” “The Living Daylights,” “The Property of a Lady,” and “007 in New York.” It marks the final installment in the original James Bond series penned by Fleming.

What is the new James Bond book called?

What is the new James Bond book called?

As of September 2021, the latest James Bond book is called “Forever and a Day” (2018) by Anthony Horowitz. This novel serves as a prequel to Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” and explores Bond’s early days as a newly promoted 00 agent. It offers insights into the origins of the iconic character and adds a fresh perspective to the long-running series.

Please note that more recent Bond books may have been published since my knowledge cutoff date.

How many Bond books are left?

The question “How many Bond books are left?” is unclear. If you are referring to the number of books remaining to be read or the number of books to be published in the future, it is difficult to provide an exact answer. The James Bond series is ongoing, and new books are likely to be published as authors continue to explore the character and his adventures.

The total number of published books may change over time , depending on the number of future novels, short story collections, and novelizations.

Who took over writing the James Bond series after Ian Fleming?

After Ian Fleming’s death, several authors took up the mantle of continuing the James Bond series. The first was Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham), who authored “Colonel Sun” (1968).

Subsequent authors include John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd, and Anthony Horowitz, each contributing their own unique take on the iconic character.

Have the continuation novels been well-received by fans and critics?

The continuation novels have received mixed reactions from fans and critics alike. Some readers appreciate the new perspectives and storylines that these authors bring to the series, while others feel that the original charm and style of Ian Fleming’s work are difficult to replicate.

Overall, the continuation novels have succeeded in keeping Bond’s literary legacy alive and introducing the character to new generations.

Which James Bond book is considered the best or most popular?

It’s challenging to pinpoint a single “best” or “most popular” James Bond book, as preferences can vary greatly among fans. However, some of the most highly regarded titles from the original series by Ian Fleming include “Casino Royale,” “Goldfinger,” and “From Russia with Love.”

Quick Fact: These novels are often praised for their intricate plots, memorable villains, and the way they showcase Bond’s skills and personality.

How closely do the James Bond movies follow the plotlines of the books?

The degree to which the James Bond movies adhere to the plotlines of the books can vary significantly.

Some films, like “Casino Royale” (2006) and “From Russia with Love” (1963), remain relatively faithful to their source material, while others, such as “Moonraker” (1979) and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), take considerable creative liberties and deviate from the original stories.

In general, the movies tend to focus more on action and spectacle, while the books delve deeper into Bond’s character and the intricacies of espionage.

In conclusion, the James Bond series has captured the imagination of readers and moviegoers for decades, and its enduring popularity is a testament to the appeal of the character and his thrilling adventures. As we’ve seen, several authors have continued the series after Ian Fleming’s passing, and the novels have inspired a long-running and successful film franchise.

While opinions on the best book or movie may differ, there is no denying the impact and legacy of James Bond in the world of literature and cinema.

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Ian Lancaster Fleming was born on May 28, 1908 in the wealthy district of London. His mother was a daughter of a solicitor and she was known for her great beauty whiles his father was the grandson of a banker. Ian’s father was a member of the parliament and served in the navy during the First World War. Peter, his eldest brother was a travel writer. He worked in the navy during the Second World War and it was his experiences that contributed most to his writings.

Early Education

Being a member of the London elite assured Ian Fleming a place in England’s best educational institutions. At the age of six, he entered a preparatory school named Durnford School, which is a preparatory school. He found his school life disgusting. He disliked the food and the children were exposed to bullying and physical hardship. After Durnford School, he entered Eton and excelled in athletics. His writing ability was already unfolding and he served as editor of the school magazine.

Just like young men coming from affluent families during those times, Ian Fleming spent his time having fun and women. With a famous name and a flashy car, women became attracted to him easily. Because of his attitude in school, the headmaster convinced Ian’s mother to send him to a military school before his last term. He entered military training but he left without earning a commission. It was clear that Ian Fleming was not military material.

His mother wanted to prepare him for a foreign diplomat’s career and so, he was sent to a small private school in Austria to study under a former British spy, who had a novelist wife. He got engaged with the family’s daughter but his mother opposed the romance and he was called to return home. His mother persuaded him to join the family banking business after his stint in Austria.

Fleming’s Works

His family convinced him to become a banker, just like the other members of the family. He held a position in a financial company and also tried his hands as a stock broker. He was not good in both and he decided to stop.

After his banking job, he was recruited into the navy. The admiral was not good in handling people and because Ian Fleming has good management skills and good personality, he was chosen to be the liaison officer of the admiral. Ian Fleming made memos and later, he was involved in making many strategic plans for the Allied Forces to win the Second World War. He was exposed to espionage work and became connected with what later became the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA of the United States of America. He was put in charge of an intelligence network in Spain just in case the Germans occupy the region. He formed a commando unit for the purpose of intelligence gathering and it was successful.

Fleming’s Books

After the war, he worked in a newspaper company. In 1950, he talked with friends about his plan to write a novel about spying. Using the experiences and knowledge he gained during the war, he was able to finish in two months his first spy novel, Casino Royale and his hero, James Bond, a spy, was born. His code name was 007 and he was a commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. The name James Bond was copied from the name of an expert on birds in the Caribbean and an author of a book about birds.

The books was said to lack the element of suspense and publishers were reluctant to print it. However, Ian’s eldest brother Peter, who was a writer, used his influence to have the book published. To everyone’s amazement, the book was a great success.

The James Bond Series

From 1953-1966, Ian Fleming was able to publish 12 books with James Bond 007, as the main character. James Bond works for the Secret Intelligence Service, simply known as M16. All the other characters in his books were named after his relatives, friends, and acquaintances while James Bond has most of Ian’s character traits. James Bond love scrambled eggs and gambling. James Bond even use the brand of toiletries that Ian Fleming liked.

However, the James Bond series were criticized for its lack of ethical standards and the popularity of the books went down. Ian Fleming on his part lost confidence on his writing skills. In 1961, From Russia With Love was listed as among the favorite books of the US president and again, Fleming’s books soared in popularity. Despite the criticisms, people continued to read his books and he was considered the US biggest-selling crime writer during that time.

Non-fiction Stories

Drawing from his experience in the navy and in espionage, Ian Fleming produced non-fiction stories that also sold well. They contain his memories while traveling and stories about true crimes. His well-known non-fiction works were The Diamond Smugglers and Thrilling Cities.

Books Made Into Movies

While some critics considered the works of James Bond as too shallow, they became hits when they were made into movies. Goldfinger was considered the best with the worst villain any James Bond movi ever had. The moviegoers cannot get enough of the witty dialogue, the setting, the cars, the soundtrack, and all other touches that make the movie markedly that of James Bond.

Although criticisms were made on the way the shallowness of the stories, it is clear that there are universal themes shown. These are good versus evil, wherein the good always triumphs; treachery especially from within, which means that in many instances, one member of the group becomes a traitor; and loyalty and friendship, which is commonly depicted in most James Bond novels.

Fleming’s Legacy

Many of James Bond movies were made after Ian Fleming’s death and they all became blockbuster movies. Men and women simply love James Bond for his suave looks and sheer audacity. His books sold millions even after his death and cinemas were packed whenever a James Bond movie is shown. His influence is seen in other novels about spies and espionage, including the movies about the Jason Bourne character.

Ian Fleming was ranked 14th among the 50 Greatest British Writers. In 2011, the president of Jamaica named an international airport after him – Ian Fleming International Airport near Oracabessa.

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Outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the James Bond film franchise is arguably the most enduring blockbuster series of movie sequels, ever. And yet its source material, the original books by Ian Fleming, doesn't command the same reputation as other heavily adapted authors like J.R.R. Tolkien or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As British literary exports go, Bond is unique insofar as Americans who love the movies seem deeply uncurious about the books. From 1953 to 1966, Ian Fleming wrote twelve James Bond novels and two short story collections. But when it comes to Thunderball or Moonraker , finding someone who says “the book was better” is nearly as unlikely as Bond getting through the day without a cocktail.

So the question is: if you’ve skipped the Bond books, should you read them? Maybe not! Although Fleming was a pioneer of espionage literature who essentially revolutionized the page-turner, it’s very hard to make a strong case that a contemporary reader (or casual Bond fan) will love reading the Fleming-Bond for one simple reason: many of the books are dated to the point of (sometimes) being offensive. While a case can be made for individual novels (again, Moonraker and Thunderball are great, as is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ), others, like Live and Let Die (1954) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), can only be read with a bag over your head. To really enjoy yourself and feel good about the world at the same time, you really have to cherry-pick your vintage Bond books pretty carefully. But there’s a solution to this problem. If you’re looking for official James Bond books that are actually, legitimately great and not as problematic as their literary forebears, three much newer novels—all published between 2015 and 2022—are damn near perfect.

That’s right: in order to get the best book-Bond fix available right now, the curious reader may actually want to start their print 007 adventure with three wonderful books all written by Anthony Horowitz. These books are Trigger Mortis (2015), Forever and Day (2018), and the last of the Horowitz trio, With a Mind to Kill , which was published in May 2022.

Trigger Mortis

Trigger Mortis

To be clear, Horowitz is in no way the first author anointed by the Fleming estate to continue the adventures of James Bond in book form. That tradition started in 1968 when Kingsley Amis wrote the 007 book Colonel Sun under the pen name “Robert Markham,” just four years after his friend’s death in 1964. But for Bond fans, all the “continuation” books are interesting, and the committed 007 completist will find strong entries like John Gardner’s License Renewed (1981) or William Boyd’s Solo (2013).

What makes the Horowitz books so compelling and unique is that they really feel like modern versions of Fleming's texts. Horowitz is the only Bond continuation author who was able to use unpublished Ian Fleming material and weave it into wholly original adventures. In Trigger Mortis , this results in some actual Fleming prose lifted from a manuscript called “Hell on Wheels,” which gives one racecar sequence a heart-stopping zing. In Forever and a Day , some of Fleming’s travelogue prose is incorporated, as are some concepts from an unmade James Bond TV series. While these details give the Horowitz Bond novels an extra touch of legitimacy, you’d hardly notice which aspects came from Horowitz and which came from Fleming. The prose style of these books is perfect. If Horowitz were James Bond’s tailor, he’d be like Eva Green in the 2006 movie version of Casino Royale, able to size up Bond and create the perfect suit for him with just one glance.

Part of the reason Horowitz’s books serve as a kind of alternate introduction to Fleming-Bond is that each of his books takes place within the chronology of the original novel series, which means we’re usually in the late 1950s. His first book, Trigger Mortis , is all about Bond going undercover as a racecar driver at the French Grand Prix (really!) and is set just after the conclusion of Goldfinger . The second book, Forever and a Day, takes place prior to Casino Royale and focuses on Bond’s first pre - 00 agent mission, in which he’s investigating the murder of the last agent to carry the number “007.” Finally, the newest book, With a Mind to Kill, picks up the pieces from the last Bond novel Fleming wrote: the widely uneven The Man With the Golden Gun .

Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day

Although Horowitz is a huge fan of the original Fleming books, his books subvert much of what Bond stood for in the 1950s and 1960s. He may not admit it, but Horowitz’s books are a true reassessment of how James Bond connects to UK colonialism, Cold War machismo, and outright sexism. The viewpoint of these books feels like a 21st-century lens, even though you’re reading historical fiction. And because the artifice of the books acknowledges that retrospective, an inherent critique of Bond runs through each novel.

Case-in-point: the latest book, With a Mind to Kill , has several Easter eggs that reference the books of John le Carré, a spy novelist who many, correctly, would consider the antithesis of Ian Fleming. In the spy universe of le Carré, a figure like James Bond couldn't exist, because Bond’s flamboyance would be wildly impractical to getting any real spying done. And yet, in With a Mind to Kill , Horowitz takes the hard reality of le Carré’s masterpiece, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, and imagines what it would be like for Bond. What if Bond did have to pretend like he was going to defect to the USSR for like an entire book ? What would that feel like? Complete with close-calls at Berlin Wall checkpoints and moments where the reader isn’t quite sure what Bond is up to, it’s impossible for spy novel fans to read With a Mind to Kill and not imagine Fleming and le Carré getting drunk and just deciding to do a mash-up. But if you’ve also never read From Russian With Love (Fleming) or The Call for the Dead (le Carré), then With a Mind to Kill could be your gateway drug to both.

With a Mind to Kill

With a Mind to Kill

In addition to the flashes of psychological realism, Horowitz’s Bond is also more politically progressive by default, mostly because this version of Bond doesn’t only encounter homosexual villains, but instead has cool gay friends like the agent Charles Henry Duggan, introduced in Trigger Mortis . As Duggan says to Bond, “The trouble with you, James, is you’re basically a prude.” It's a smart inversion of our perception of the famous secret agent. It’s not that James Bond is this sex god, able to do whatever he wants. He’s actually kind of vanilla. This is why, at the end of Fleming’s Moonraker , Bond is super-sad that Gala Brand doesn’t want to be his girlfriend. In fact, the ending of Moonraker — “He touched her for the last time and then they turned away from each other and walked off into their different lives”—actually proves that Fleming nestled a sad version of Bond inside the more confident one we’re familiar with. But Horowitz is consistently better at making you believe that Bond is there; he removes the matryoshka doll lid more often, revealing the smaller Bond beneath. But not so often as to prevent the escapist adventure from happening.

Because Forever and Day is a prequel, we get a slightly more tender James Bond—this time, he falls for an older woman (with the awesome name of Sixtine) who he knows is bad for him. It’s a Mrs. Robinson trick that shouldn’t work, but it does anyway, partially because Horowitz is just as great at describing wine, food, and locales as Fleming was. In fact, the best scene in Forever and Day might be when Bond and Sixtine have some salad and wine at her villa. It’s sexy, down-to-earth, exciting, and relatable all at the same time. Although the films have a reputation for bombastic action set pieces, the allure of the novels can mostly be found in their exacting descriptions of everyday tasks. Bond controls every movement, from the exact arrangement of his morning eggs to his famously duplicitous showers—hot at first, but super cold at the last second. In short, what was great about Fleming wasn’t the fantasy that a secret agent can sleep around all the time or visit exotic locales, but instead, that person can control their daily routine to the smallest detail. Bond is the ultimate optimizer, something that maybe felt glamorous in the 1950s, but perhaps scans as a bit anal and inflexible now. In the ‘50s, Bond was cool for his quotidian obsession with minutiae. But now, it’s more of a quirk, and it’s in that quirk that Horowitz finds interesting gaps in his armor. While some could probably read a Bond novel in which things just kind of went well for 007 for 200 pages, it’s the things that upset Bond’s routines that are so compelling—and paradoxically, comforting.

In the 2021 movie No Time To Die , James Bond (Daniel Craig) lost so spectacularly that he actually died while saving the world, but Horowitz doesn’t go quite that far. The 007 of these novels still tends to win, but only just barely. And yet, there’s a sense of dread that hangs over all of Bond’s minor victories in these books. It’s like the clock is ticking until this kind of anti-hero is no longer able to get away with murder, which is exactly how the trick of truly great spy novels works. The reader thinks all things will be one way, until of course, they’re not that way at all. Many of the old Ian Fleming paperbacks had the words “A James Bond Thriller” running vertically down the front cover. We call them thrillers because we expect a thrill, but we’re not sure what the thrill will be. It's in that moment of anticipation and surprise that the Horowitz Bond novels hit the target every time.

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Looking for Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in order? Look no further!

Casino Royale first introduced us to Ian Fleming’s iconic British Secret Service agent, 007, in 1953. Twelve novels and a series of short stories followed, inspiring big screen adaptations, prequel books and continuation novels, with the legendary James Bond character and his creator changing the spy thriller genre forever.

If you’re yet to pick up a James Bond book, prepare to step into a world of secrets, spies and undercover operations!

Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in order:

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

1. Casino Royale (1953)

Le Chiffre is a businessman with expensive tastes – and SMERSH’s chief operative in France. As his dissolute lifestyle threatens to ruin him, his only hope of survival is to risk his paymasters’ money at the baccarat table. Across from him sits James Bond, the finest gambler in the British secret service. Bond’s mission: to outplay Le Chiffre and shatter his Soviet cell.

Amidst the opulence of the Royale-les-Eaux casino, the two men face each other in a game with the highest stakes of all.

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Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

2. Live and Let Die (1954)

James Bond’s new assignment will take him to the heart of the occult: to infiltrate this secret world and destroy Mr Big’s global network.

From Harlem’s throbbing jazz joints to the shark-infested waters of Jamaica, enemy eyes watch Bond’s every move. He must tread carefully to avoid a nightmarish fate.

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Moonraker by Ian Fleming

3. Moonraker (1955)

He’s a self-made millionaire, head of the Moonraker rocket programme and loved by the press. So why is Sir Hugo Drax cheating at cards? Bond has just five days to uncover the sinister truth behind a national hero.

Diamonds are Forever cover

Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming

4. Diamonds are Forever (1956)

James Bond must go deep undercover in his urgent new assignment: to destroy their millionaire masterminds, Jack and Seraffimo Spang.

But the Spangs’ cruel influence is everywhere, from dusty African diamond mines to the frenzied gambling dens of Las Vegas. Can Bond find his men before his cover is blown?

From Russia With Love cover

From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming

5. From Russia with Love (1957)

SMERSH, the Russian intelligence unit, is hell-bent on destroying Special Agent James Bond. His death would deal a hammer blow to the heart of The British Secret Service.

The lure? The chance for 007 to bring the Spektor decoding machine from Istanbul to London, and for the British to take the upper hand in a chilling new front of the Cold War.

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Dr No by Ian Fleming

6. Dr. No (1958)

Dr Julius No is a man with a mysterious past. Nobody knows what secrets are hidden on his Caribbean island, and all those who have attempted to investigate further have disappeared.

When two British agents go missing in Jamaica, Bond is sent to investigate. Battling the Doctor’s twin obsessions with power and pain, he uncovers the true nature of his opponent’s covert operation – but he must undergo a deadly assault course before he can destroy the Doctor’s plans once and for all.

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Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

7. Goldfinger (1959)

A private assignment sets Bond on the trail of an enigmatic criminal mastermind – Auric Goldfinger. But greed and power have created a deadly opponent who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

For Your Eyes Only cover

For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming

8. For Your Eyes Only (1960)

Who killed an elderly couple in their Caribbean home? M knows exactly who did it, but the murderers will most likely escape through a twisted net of global politics. So M calls in a personal favour from a certain licensed killer who understands the kind of rough justice needed. Bond soon discovers he’s not the only one on the hunt, and the lines between revenge and justice become blurred…

Also includes the short stories ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘From a View to a Kill’, ‘Risico’ and ‘The Hildebrand Rarity’.

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Thunderball by Ian Fleming

9. Thunderball (1961)

SPECTRE is a merciless new enemy – a group of the world’s toughest criminals, headed by the brilliant Ernst Stavro Blofeld. When two NATO atom bombs go missing, Bond must unravel SPECTRE’s intricate plans and prevent a global catastrophe.

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The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming

10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)

Vivienne Michel is a troubled young woman on the run. Fleeing England she comes to a deserted motel in the Adirondack Mountains where she thinks she has finally escaped her past.

Sluggsy and Horror are ruthless mobsters on a mission of their own. Holding a terrified Viv hostage in the motel, they plot death and destruction.

Bond has just one night to take on the gangsters. But with two hardened killers to outwit, and time running out, can he save Vivienne – and himself?

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming

11. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)

James Bond has had enough. Enough of Service life, of fruitless manhunts, of taking orders. But Blofeld is back – older, leaner and more dangerous than ever, with a deadly secret at the heart of his luxury ski resort – and so Bond must rediscover his passion for what he does best.

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You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

12. You Only Live Twice (1964)

Bond is shattered by the murder of his wife at the hands of Ernst Stavro Blofeld but M. gives him one last chance. To save his job, James Bond needs to infiltrate and destroy the Castle of Death in exchange for top-secret Japanese intelligence

007 must learn the skills of ninja warriors and face his ultimate enemy in a battle to the death.

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The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming

13. The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)

The Man with the Golden Gun, Paco Scaramanga, is one of the deadliest hit men in the world and the British Secret Service want him eliminated.

A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It’s time for him to prove he can be trusted again.

Bond finds his man in the sweltering heat of Jamaica. His plan is to infiltrate Scaramanga’s gang of criminals to get close to the man himself. But if he fails, Bond will be the next target for the golden gun.

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Octopussy and The Living Daylights by Ian Fleming

14. Octopussy & The Living Daylights (1966)

The British Secret Service has many enemies. Whether it’s a sniper in East Berlin, a Russian agent secretly bidding for a Fabergé egg, or a retired major in Jamaica with a treacherous secret, it is down to James Bond to neutralize the threat.

In these stories the dirty world of international espionage tests Bond’s skills to the extreme.

There you have it – Ian Fleming’s James Bond books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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Just finished reading Goldfinger, I’ve been reading them in order (book order not film order), I’ve enjoyed them all so far, if i had to choose a favourite of the ones I’ve read so far it wouldn’t be easy but i guess it would be Goldfinger, looking forward to reading more.

I read them all in my youth. Loved every one of them and may be I’ll read them all again. Imsure they are still in my library.

Completely agree. Love Fleming’s dissertations on travel, food, cultures, cars, etc. for example the paragraph in Live and Let Die describing Bond’s taste in vehicles, which begins with “Bond liked fast cars and he liked driving them…”

I have read every single one of them starting at age 12 or 13… backstories in the novels provide so much more information that a movie ever could. ‘A young Hoagy Carmichael’ for instance…

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James Bond Movies In Order: How To Watch All 27 007 Movies

Dr. No celebrates its 60th anniversary!

If you’re looking to watch all the James Bond movies in order, you’ll hit the good stuff right away: All the Sean Connery movies in his first run are classics of the franchise. Before hitting Connery’s departure from the 007 role in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever , you’ll encounter George Lazenby’s solo entry (1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ) and 1967’s comedy spoof Casino Royale , which was made outside of Eon Productions, the company founded to steer Bond from the book to the big screen.

Roger Moore took on the mantle from 1973’s Live and Let Die to 1985’s A View to a Kill , with Connery returning one last time in the non-Eon Never Say Never Again in 1983.

Timothy Dalton appeared twice as Bond to close out the ’80s with The Living Daylights and License to Kill .

After six years, the longest period between switching lead actors, Pierce Brosnan debuted with 1995’s GoldenEye , and exited with 2002’s Die Another Day .

2006 saw the introduction of Daniel Craig as the latest Bond in town with Casino Royale , and he will be retiring with the long-delayed No Time to Die . With its 2021 release, Craig will hold the record for longest continuous actor to represent Bond.

Continue on to see the full list on how to watch all the James Bond movies in order! — Alex Vo

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Dr. No (1962) 95%

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From Russia With Love (1963) 97%

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007: Goldfinger (1964) 99%

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Thunderball (1965) 85%

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007 - You Only Live Twice (1967) 74%

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Casino Royale (1967) 26%

007 on her majesty's secret service (1969) 81%.

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Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 64%

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Live and Let Die (1973) 66%

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The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) 42%

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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 82%

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Moonraker (1979) 60%

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For Your Eyes Only (1981) 69%

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Octopussy (1983) 42%

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Never Say Never Again (1983) 71%

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A View to a Kill (1985) 37%

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The Living Daylights (1987) 73%

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Licence to Kill (1989) 79%

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GoldenEye (1995) 80%

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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 57%

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The World Is Not Enough (1999) 51%

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Die Another Day (2002) 55%

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Casino Royale (2006) 94%

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Quantum of Solace (2008) 64%

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Skyfall (2012) 92%

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Spectre (2015) 63%

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No Time to Die (2021) 83%

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James Bond Theory: Why 007 Orders His Martinis 'Shaken, Not Stirred'

F ew drink orders are more famous than James Bond's martini. The MI6 agent always orders them "shaken, not stirred," which has stirred up considerable controversy amongst liquor connoisseurs who know that martinis are typically stirred, preserving the drink's integrity. But there's a compelling theory about why 007 orders his drinks this way, courtesy of one Redditor.

As  u/TheVileFlibertigibet wrote in a thread, Bond does order a martini in a way many people would consider "wrong," but they think there's a method to the madness. "I [theorize] that Bond is ordering a weak drink deliberately so as to make it seem like he is drinking more than he actually is," they explained. "This is because Bond is almost always on duty in both the books and films and needs to keep his wits about him, either to defend himself or not blab all his secrets to the bartender, but sometimes he will need to drink to maintain his cover. As a compromise, he orders a weaker drink to give the appearance that he is more inebriated than he actually is, thus maintaining his cover and gaining an element of surprise over his targets."

This is, frankly, a pretty solid theory. Most martini lovers  don't order them shaken because it seriously dilutes the drink's flavor ... which, to be fair, is essentially a glass of cold gin or vodka that may or may not contain any vermouth at all. So, what do other Redditors think of this theory?

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The James Bond Books Have Another Possible Explanation For The Martini Order

Let's not forget one important thing: the James Bond movies are based on books by Ian Fleming, so it's crucial to consider the source material when thinking about 007's seemingly strange martini order. Another Redditor shared solid evidence from the novels that could give audiences another insight into why Bond prefers his martinis shaken.

As  u/SavemoreTrout  points out, James Bond drinks a lot in the books, and ordering his martinis shaken could have something to do with the fact that he consumes a lot of cheap, low-quality liquor. "He says he developed his drinking habits to deal with cheap, potentially unsafe vodka available in the field that he eventually learned to love," they wrote. "The shaken vodka martini makes such vodka more palatable. He also sometimes puts pepper in vodka to -- according to superstition -- soak up the toxins in badly made liquor."

Although Bond frequently orders upscale cocktails like Vespers — a take on a martini that combines gin, vodka, and a white wine cordial called Lillet blanc — he also drinks far more alcohol than is advisable for any one man, so the idea that he can only handle bad vodka by chilling it to an extreme point holds water (or vodka, as the case may be).

What's The Right Way To Order A Martini?

So, what is the "right" way to order a martini? The funny thing is, there isn't one — so whether or not he's imbibing cheap liquor or top-shelf picks, James Bond is perfectly free to order his martini shaken, not stirred as often as he likes. According to an article about ordering martinis on  Liquor.com , people can be as creative as they want.

Some traditionalists are against shaking martinis because of this unofficial bartending "rule": Only drinks that require emulsification (like those involving citrus or egg whites) should be shaken. Drinks like martinis, Negronis, or Manhattans should be stirred because they only contain liquor (stirring preserves the flavor). However, dirty martinis should be shaken due to the emulsification rule. The olive juice involved in the recipe needs a good shake to blend into the cocktail.

Some bartenders interviewed by Liquor.com said that if a patron chooses vodka over gin for their martini, they'll shake it. Rachel Casuga — a manager at Bernie's in Brooklyn — explained, "We shake our vodka because it doesn't really have too much of a flavor profile — sorry, I had to say it — and I think the colder the vodka, the better it tastes."

Others said it's entirely up to one's personal preference, like Samantha Casuga, the head bartender at Manhattan's trendy Temple Bar. "It really is a texture thing," she said. "I prefer my martinis stirred, but someone who wants a more diluted, lighter-in-texture martini should opt for shaken." So, there you have it; James Bond and his most ardent fans can keep ordering their martinis shaken if that's what they prefer.

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