Our guide to James Bond 007

In Book Review on November 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

In celebration of Bond’s 50 years on screen, and the release of the 23rd movie, Skyfall, we bring you our definitive guide to Bond books. He has featured in over 40 novels, including the originals by Fleming, later John Gardner and Raymond Benson, and more recently Sebastian Faulks and Jeffrey Deaver. In 2013 William Boyd will be taking Bond with a new novel set to tie in with the 60th anniversary of the secret agent’s creation.

Classic Bond books Brent Libraries recommend are:

Casino Royale

At the casino in Deauville Bond’s game is baccarat, for stakes that run into millions of francs. But away from the discreet salons, it’s 007 versus one of Russia’s most powerful and ruthless agents.




The club where James Bond is asked to settle the dispute over ungentlemanly behaviour is embarrassed. The accused is the unimpeachable Sir Hugo Drax, head of the multi-million-pound Moonraker missile programme on which Britain’s future depends.




Meet Tiffany Case, a cold, gorgeous, devil-may-care blonde. She stands between James Bond and the leaders of a diamond-smuggling ring that stretches from Africa via London to the States. Bond uses her to infiltrate this gang, but once in America the hunter becomes the hunted. Bond is in real danger until help comes from an unlikely quarter.




Bond Retold

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.




Picking up from where Fleming left off in 1966 with ‘The Living Daylights’ and ‘Octopussy’, Faulks has written a continuation of the ‘James Bond’ legacy. ‘Devil May care’ is set during the Cold War and features all the glamour , thrills and excitement that one would expect from any adventure involving Bond.




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