James Bond , often referred to by his code name, , is a British Secret Service agent; the character was created by journalist and author Ian Fleming , and first appeared in his novel Casino Royale ; the books are set in a contemporary period, between May and February Fleming went on to write a total of twelve novels and two collections of short stories, all written at his Jamaican home Goldeneye and published annually. Two of his books were published after his death in Since Fleming's death a number of other authors have written continuation works.
Some of these have been novelizations of episodes in the series of Bond films , produced by Eon Productions , while others were either continuation novels or short stories. The first author was Kingsley Amis , writing under the pseudonym of " Robert Markham " who produced one novel; then came novelist and biographer John Pearson who wrote a fictional biography of Bond. Novelist and screenwriter Christopher Wood wrote two novelizations in the late s.
Writer John Gardner was asked to continue the series by copyright holders Ian Fleming Publications and, between and , he wrote fourteen novels and two novelizations. After Gardner retired due to ill health, author Raymond Benson continued the stories and wrote six Bond novels, three novelizations and three short stories between and There was a hiatus of six years before Sebastian Faulks was commissioned to write a further Bond novel, which was released on 28 May , the th anniversary of Ian Fleming's birth. This was followed in by a novel by author Jeffery Deaver , a book by William Boyd and a further instalment in September by Anthony Horowitz , with a second Horowitz novel announced for publication in May There have also been two Fleming estate-sanctioned spin-off series of books: Young Bond , based around Bond's adventures whilst a schoolboy at Eton College , and The Moneypenny Diaries , a series of books and short stories focusing on the supporting character Miss Moneypenny.
During World War II , Ian Fleming had mentioned to friends that he wanted to write a spy novel,  but it was not until 17 February that he began to write his first novel, Casino Royale. He started writing his book at his Jamaican home Goldeneye , typing out 2, words in the morning, directly from his own experiences and imagination;  he finished work on the manuscript in just over two months,  completing it on 18 March Upon accepting the job, Fleming requested that he be allowed three months' holiday per year, which allowed him the freedom to write.
The novel centred on the exploits of James Bond , an intelligence officer in the 00 section of the Secret Intelligence Service , commonly known as MI6.
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Bond was also known by his code number, , and was a Royal Naval Reserve Commander. Fleming took the name for his character from that of the eponymous American ornithologist , a Caribbean bird expert and author of the definitive field guide Birds of the West Indies. In the summer of , the CBS television network commissioned Fleming to write episodes of a television show based on the James Bond character. This deal came about after the success of the television adaptation of Casino Royale as an episode of the CBS television series Climax!
After Fleming's death, a second collection featuring two short stories was released, Octopussy and The Living Daylights. Independent scholar John Griswold constructed a "high-level chronology of James Bond's life", based on the logic of depicted events and actual time periods referred to in the books. Chancellor noted that "Fleming was always vague about dates", although the novels are supposed to be set in order of publication.
Following Fleming's death in , Glidrose Productions, publishers of the James Bond novels and since renamed Ian Fleming Publications , approached author James Leasor to write a continuation novel, but he declined. This book, written in the first person, posits that Bond was a real person about whom Ian Fleming wrote a series of adventures. This is the only Bond work where the author shares copyright with Glidrose. The film Moonraker , which other than the villain's name also substantially diverged from the original source novel, was also produced in novel form, as James Bond and Moonraker ; both books were written by screenwriter Christopher Wood.
In the s, the Bond series was initially revived with new novels by John Gardner , although initially he almost turned the series down.
Gardner stated that he wanted "to bring Mr Bond into the s",  although he retained the ages of the characters as they were when Fleming had left them. In , American author Raymond Benson became the writer of the Bond novels. Benson had previously written The James Bond Bedside Companion , first published in ,  and had also written scenarios and support material for the early s James Bond dice-and-paper role playing game.
By the time he moved on to other, non- Bond related projects in , Benson had written six Bond novels, three novelizations and three short stories. Benson also changed Bond's gun back to the Walther PPK ,  put him behind the wheel of a Jaguar XK8  and made him swear more,  which led Black to note that there was an increased level of crudity lacking in either Fleming or Gardner. It's as close to Fleming as I have seen. The result is a slick enough read for dedicated Bond fans who like blazing guns Walthers, of course and beautiful women"  and Kirkus Reviews called Benson's "a chip off the old block and, if not a gilt-edged Bond, at least a double-A.
Glidrose twice approached Lee Child , author of the Jack Reacher novels, about writing a Bond novel but he turned them down.
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The novel, titled Trigger Mortis , is set in the s, and it contains material written, but previously unreleased, by Fleming. The Young Bond series of novels was started by Charlie Higson  and, between and , five novels and one short story were published. Charlie Higson . Higson stated that he was instructed by the Fleming estate to ignore all other interpretations of Bond, except the original Fleming version.
In October Ian Fleming Publications announced that Stephen Cole would continue the series, with the first edition scheduled to be released in Autumn From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I deliberately steered clear of anything post Fleming. My books are designed to fit in with what Fleming wrote and nothing else. I also didn't want to be influenced by any of the other books Bond does not appear until chapter 10, after which he figures as a central character.
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Big's fortune-telling girlfriend, Solitaire, runs off with Bond. Solitaire is captured by Mr. His young and beautiful wife, Marie, seems restless and dissatisfied. Macleod decides to seek advice from a friend in New York and, while there, meets an old acquaintance, Sebastian Francisco de Miranda, South American freedom fighter, Russian secret agent and adventurer.
This chance meeting sweeps Macleod into a dark and dangerous world of espionage and violence. His young wife, Marie, sets out to discover what has happened to her husband, also falls in with old friends and is sucked into the terrifying vortex. A Union Not Blessed is a story of treason and betrayal by those who founded America and were appointed its guardians, the men who had become the enemy within.
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