Ian Fleming Books In Order

James Bond Books In Publication Order

  1. Casino Royale (1953)
  2. Live and Let Die (1954)
  3. Moonraker (1955)
  4. Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
  5. From Russia with Love (1957)
  6. Doctor No (1958)
  7. Goldfinger (1959)
  8. For Your Eyes Only (1960)
  9. Thunderball (1961)
  10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
  11. The Living Daylights (1962)
  12. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)
  13. You Only Live Twice (1964)
  14. The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
  15. Octopus*sy and The Living Daylights (1966)

James Bond Collections In Publication Order

  1. Quantum of Solace (2008)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Books In Publication Order

  1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Diamond Smugglers (1957)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Thrilling Cities (1963)
  2. Ian Fleming: The Playboy Interview (2012)

James Bond (Extended) Books In Publication Order

  1. Colonel Sun (By:Kingsley Amis) (1968)
  2. License Renewed (By:John Gardner) (1981)
  3. For Special Services (By:John Gardner) (1982)
  4. Icebreaker (By:John Gardner) (1983)
  5. Role of Honor (By:John Gardner) (1984)
  6. Nobody Lives Forever (By:John Gardner) (1986)
  7. No Deals, Mr. Bond (By:John Gardner) (1987)
  8. Scorpius (By:John Gardner) (1988)
  9. Licence to Kill (By:John Gardner) (1989)
  10. Win, Lose or Die (By:John Gardner) (1989)
  11. Brokenclaw (By:John Gardner) (1990)
  12. The Man from Barbarossa (By:John Gardner) (1991)
  13. Death Is Forever (By:John Gardner) (1992)
  14. Never Send Flowers (By:John Gardner) (1993)
  15. SeaFire (By:John Gardner) (1994)
  16. GoldenEye (By:John Gardner) (1995)
  17. Cold Fall (By:John Gardner) (1996)
  18. Zero Minus Ten (By:Raymond Benson) (1997)
  19. Tomorrow Never Dies (By:Raymond Benson) (1997)
  20. The Facts of Death (By:Raymond Benson) (1998)
  21. The World is Not Enough (By:Raymond Benson) (1999)
  22. High Time to Kill (By:Raymond Benson) (1999)
  23. Doubleshot (By:Raymond Benson) (2000)
  24. Never Dream of Dying (By:Raymond Benson) (2001)
  25. The Man With the Red Tattoo (By:Raymond Benson) (2002)
  26. Die Another Day (By:Raymond Benson) (2002)
  27. Devil May Care (By:Sebastian Faulks) (2008)
  28. Carte Blanche (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2011)
  29. Solo (By:William Boyd) (2013)
  30. Trigger Mortis (By:Anthony Horowitz) (2015)
  31. Forever and a Day (By:Anthony Horowitz) (2018)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. My Name is Bond, James Bond (2000)
  2. A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000)

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Ian Fleming Books Overview

Casino Royale

The legend continues! Get ready to enjoy more thrills and spills with the world’s greatest secret agent in the latest addition to this classic action series! This is the story that introduced us to James Bond! In his first mission, James must neutralize a Russian operative by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his retirement . Lady luck appears to be taken with Bond as his target hits a losing streak, but Bond s attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster…
This new edition also includes Live and Let Die and the very rarely seen Moonraker, brought together for the first time in one spectacular collection that features an exclusive introduction by legendary Bond actor Roger Moore!!!

Live and Let Die

This is part 1 of a 2 part cassette audiobook, library edition. Time Enough for Love is the capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein’s famous Future History series. Lazarus Long is so in love with life that he simply refuses to die. Born in the early 1900s, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is his lovingly detailed account of his journey through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. Using the voice of Lazarus, Heinlein expounds his own philosophies, including his radical for 1946 ideas on sexual freedom. His use of slang, technical jargon, sharp wit, and clever understatement lend this story a texture and authority that seems the very tone of things to come.


Bond’s latest mission is to face Sir Hugo Drax at the card table in order to teach him a lesson and prevent a scandal. So it was that he stirred benzedrine into his champagne…
Drax is the head of the Moonraker project and a powerful millionaire as well as a cheat at cards. 007 suspects that there is more to him than meets the eye. As he begins to delve deeper into the goings on at the Moonraker base in an attempt to scotch a potential scandal, he discovers that both the project and its leader are something other than they pretend to be…

Diamonds Are Forever

Tiffany Case is the sort of beautiful, devil may care blonde who could get a man into deep trouble if he wanted. 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.

From Russia with Love

Bond does not himself feature until quite late in this novel the opening chapters, one of Fleming’s most amazing fantasies, creates the nightmare world of SMERSH the Russian counter spy organisation, its sickeningly foul section head Rosa Klebb and her top assassin Grant. When the action shifts to Istanbul and Klebb’s plot to destroy the unsuspecting Bond one of the most brilliant chase sequences in fiction unrivalled even by Buchan or Greene unfolds. One of the defining books of the Cold War and one of President Kennedy’s favourite books ‘From Russia with Love‘ is perhaps even more enjoyable to read now than when it first became a huge international bestseller.

Doctor No

Stand by for more adventures with the world’s greatest secret agent, as some of his most thrilling missions are collected for the first time ever! When two MI5 agents disappear in Jamaica, Bond is sent to investigate but a mysterious assailant attempts to dispatch 007 with everything from poisoned nectarines to killer centipedes! And when Bond links the attacks to the island of Crab Key, owned by the mysterious Doctor No, his troubles are just beginning! This new edition also collects Diamonds Are Forever and From Russia, With Love! Not only that, it also features a new introduction by Bond girl Eunice Gayson Sylvia Trench in Dr No and a feature on the post Ian Fleming Bond novels.


Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars and his women dressed only in gold paint. After smuggling tons of gold out of Britain into secret vaults in Switzerland, this powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history robbing all the gold in Fort Knox. That is, unless Secret Agent 007 can foil his plan. In one of Ian Fleming’s most popular adventures, James Bond tracks this most dangerous foe across two continents and takes on two of the most memorable villains ever created a human weapon named Oddjob and a luscious female crime boss named Pussy Galore. REVIEW; A superlative thriller from our foremost literary magician. The New York Herald Tribune

For Your Eyes Only

The destruction of a Russian hideout at SHAPE headquarters near Paris; the planned assassination of a Cuban thug in America; the tracking of a hero*in ring from Rome to Venice and beyond; for Bond it is just routine. For anyone else certain death.


James Bond is in disgrace. His monthly medical report is critical of the high living that is ruining his health, and M packs him off for a fortnight to a nature cure clinic to be tuned up to his former pitch of exceptional fitness.

The Spy Who Loved Me

The legend continues! Stand by for more adventures with the world’s greatest secret agent, as some of his most thrilling missions are collected for the first time ever! When a Canadian test pilot is blackmailed by a revitalised S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Bond is called in to help but a treacherous girlfriend is preparing to put him in the line of fire! And as if that weren’t enough, Bond becomes embroiled in an insurance scam which quickly becomes a lethal game of cat and mouse! This new edition also collects the very first post lan Fleming Bond strip, The Harpies! Not only that, it also features a new introduction, an exclusive interview with writer Jim Lawrence, and the first part of a feature examining the post Fleming comics!

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The legend continues! Titan Books presents the further adventures of the world’s greatest secret agent, in this third instalment of a classic action series! After spending over a year on a fruitless search for Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his sinister organisation, Spectre, Bond decides he’s had enough and pens his letter of resignation! Before he can deliver it, however, fate smiles on him once more and it’s not long before he has ingratiated himself with the Corsican Mafia, managed to get back on Blofeld’s trail and got involved with a beautiful woman…
This new edition also features an exclusive introduction by OHMSS Bond star, George Lazenby, and background material created solely for this series.

You Only Live Twice

Bond, a shattered man after the death of his wife at the hands of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, has gone to pieces as an agent, endangering himself and his fellow operatives. M, unwilling to accept the loss of one of his best men, sends 007 to Japan for one last, near impossible mission. But Japan proves to be Bond’s downfall, leading him to a mysterious residence known as the ‘Castle of Death’ where he encounters an old enemy revitalized. All the omens suggest that this is the end for the British agent, and for once, even Bond himself seems unable to disagree…

The Man with the Golden Gun

The Man with the Golden Gun is the thirteenth saga in the James Bond canon. In this stunning story of fast paced adventure, James Bond arch enemy of SMERSH, subjugator of the master fiends Goldfinger and Dr. No has been brainwashed by Soviet captors into becoming the tool of Russia’s K.G.B. Secret Agent 007 is pitted against a ruthless assassin and master of destruction, Francisco Scaramange. The sophisticated reader enters a world of passion, intrigue, and daring as these two adversaries meet in mortal combat in that pleasure paradise, the island of Jamaica. Their terrified witness is the one woman who has successfully resisted Bond’s every attempt to woo her.

Octopus*sy and The Living Daylights

Whether it is tracking down a wayward major who has taken a deadly secret with him to the Caribbean or identifying a top Russian agent secretly bidding for a Faberg egg in a Sotheby’s auction room, Bond always closes the case with extreme prejudice. This new Penguin edition comprises four stories, including Fleming s little known story 007 in New York, showcasing Bond s taste for Manhattan s special pleasures from martinis at the Plaza and dinner at the Grand Central Oyster Bar to the perfect anonymity of the Central Park Zoo for a secret rendezvous.

Quantum of Solace

Many of Ian Fleming’s short stories have been the inspiration for the extremely successful James Bond film franchise, and included in this collection are such stories as Octopus*sy, The Living Daylights, and For Your Eyes Only. The title story, Quantum of Solace, lends its name to the upcoming James Bond film, slated to release in Fall 2008. This collection will be published to coincide with the film s release, as well as to continue Penguin s centenary celebrations of Fleming s birth.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The classic story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been adapted for the Beginner Book series. The magical car’s famous adventures will delight beginner readers, as will the bold illustrations. ‘I can read it all by myself’ is the Beginner Books motto, and behind it is an understanding of how important it is for children to take pride and pleasure in their early reading. Beginner Books have been designed to appeal directly to children through the use of humour, rhyme, and bright pictures that can be ‘read’ even by the non reading child. Some Beginner Books are simple stories, others are hilarious nonsense: both types have been designed to give children confidence and make them want to go on reading.

Colonel Sun (By:Kingsley Amis)

The legend continues! Stand by for more adventures with the world’s greatest secret agent, as some of his most thrilling missions are collected for the first time ever! When James Bond’s boss, the enigmatic M, is kidnapped in Greece, Bond must race to his rescue with only some local fishermen to help! But, 007 uncovers a plan to sabotage a USSR summit…
and the evil Colonel Sun is planning to frame the British Secret Service for the crime! This new, never before collected edition, featuring Kingsley Amis’ only James Bond story, also collects ‘The Golden Ghost’! It also includes a new introduction and exclusive features examining the post Fleming comics, and Kingsley Amis’ Bond work!

Icebreaker (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’ waste 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.

Licence to Kill (By:John Gardner)

A sequel to ‘Licence Renewed’ the first in a series of updated James Bond book’s, this novel which has been filmed, features Bond on a path of revenge heedless of the orders of the Secret Service. It is written by the same author as ‘The Garden of Weapons’ and ‘The Nostradamus’.

The Man from Barbarossa (By:John Gardner)

A deadly case of mistaken identities places 007 in direct conflict with a new breed of international terrorist in this Bond thriller.

Death Is Forever (By:John Gardner)

When several CIA and SOS agents meet mysterious deaths soon after the unification of the two Germanys, James Bond must race across Europe in a desperate attempt to save the remaining agents stationed there.

SeaFire (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 (By:John Gardner)

Janis, a powerful and ambitious Russian gang that no longer cares about ideology, 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 its most determined enemy James Bond. Based on the original screenplay of the new James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan.

Cold Fall (By:John Gardner)

A new novel featuring James Bond whose investigation into the blowing up of an airline is also a personal one as a close friend was on board. The investigation soon brings him face to face with an organisation more deadly than any terrorist army. From the author of GOLDENEYE, SEAFIRE, NEVER SEND FLOWERS and DEATH IS FOREVER.

Zero Minus Ten (By:Raymond Benson)

The clock is ticking for Hong Kong. The British Crown Colony will soon be handed over to the People’s Republic of China. But hopes for a peaceful transition are shattered when a series of terrorist acts threaten the fragile relationship between Britain and China. James Bond is dispatched to Hong Kong to investigate the nefarious Chinese underworld Triad, but the truth he finds is buried even deeper. Now Bond has only ten days to unravel a fiendish plot of revenge with roots that reach back more than a century and a half.

Tomorrow Never Dies (By:Raymond Benson)

Bond is back again on the big screen in a brilliant new adventure starring Pierce Brosnan. The cars are fast, the women seductive and Bond’s enemy is the most dangerous he has ever encountered. From the snowy Khyber Pass to the sultry South China Sea, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ is a breathtaking all action story that pits Bond and Britain against a power mad global media mogul who is determined to destroy the world’s peace. Only 007 can prevent the outbreak of World War III if he can stay alive long enough.

The Facts of Death (By:Raymond Benson)

Benson’s 007 is a chip off the old block, said Kirkus Reviews of the classic secret agent depicted in Zero Minus Ten, Raymond Benson’s first James Bond novel. Fast paced, fun summer reading, wrote The Boston Sunday Herald. Bond is still as irresistible as ever. Now Benson takes Bond to the heart of a fanatical cult whose sinister mission is wrapped in the teachings of the great Greek mathematician Pythagoras. His cult is committed to following their brilliant and mad leader on a series of assignments, each one more diabolical and destructive than the last. When Alfred Hutchinson, Great Britain’s Goodwill Ambassador to the World, is murdered by a stranger whose umbrella tip bears a tiny capsule of ricin poison and who leaves behind a scrawled 4, Bond is called upon to halt the escalating body count of the Number Killer. His hunt will take him from the wild backroads of Texas to the crumbling ruins of Greece, a trail that crisscrosses the potentially explosive tinderbox of Cyprus. At every step he must use both cunning and brute force to stay ahead of or even with the grand plan of the Monad, the shadowy mastermind behind the cult. Propelled by an extraordinary Jaguar XK8 coup designed for this mission, challenged by life threatening underwater and aerial attacks, and seduced by a galaxy of beautiful and destructive women, James Bond is once again the archetype action hero this time caught in a final countdown, where each heartbeat could be his last.

The World is Not Enough (By:Raymond Benson)

Greed, revenge, world domination through the power of oil, high tech terrorism…
Only some of the ingredients of this latest 007 adventure which begins outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, continues with a spectacular high speed boat chase up the Thames and progresses through the highlands of Scotland before Bond faces an avalanche in the Caucasus Mountains and a potential nuclear explosion in Turkey. Sir Robert King, a wealthy oil tycoon, is murdered in an unprecedented bombing at MI6’s London headquarters. M takes the attack personally and sends James Bond to protect King’s beautiful and fiery daughter Elektra in Turkey. For the man responsible for the bombing is ‘Renard’, a cruel and cunning terrorist who once attempted to kidnap Elektra King and hold her to ransom. With nuclear weapons expert Dr. Chrismas Jones at his side, Bond travels to the Caspian Sea and Istanbul where a former enemy becomes a formidable ally before the final dramatic confrontation in the claustrophobic confines of a nuclear submarine beneath the surface of the Bosporus. The World is Not Enough takes James Bond to new levels of danger, intrigue and non stop action.

High Time to Kill (By:Raymond Benson)

The Union is a criminal organization with tentacles throughout the world, specializing in military espionage, theft, intimidation and murder. After one of its agents assassinates James Bond’s friend, the Union becomes 007’s priority target.

Doubleshot (By:Raymond Benson)

A gripping new James Bond adventure one of the strangest and most terrifying the agent has ever endured. Is this bizarre warning inside a fortune cookie the catalyst for a series of unsettling events that could push an impaired James Bond close to the edge of madness?The intricately organized criminal conspiracy called the Union has vowed its revenge on the man who thwarted its last coup. Now, the Union’s mysterious leader sets out to destroy James Bond’s reputation and sanity by luring the agent into a dangerous alliance of deceit and treason with a Spanish militant intent on reclaiming Gibraltar. Officially on medical leave, 007 pursues clues that he believes might lead him to the Union’s inner circle. His search takes him from the seedy underbelly of London’s Soho to the souks of Tangier; from a terrorist training camp in Morocco to a bullring in Spain; and from the clutches of a murderous Spanish beauty to a volatile summit conference on the Rock of Gibraltar. Each step brings him closer to the truth about the Union’s elaborate, audacious plot to destroy both SIS and its best agent: James Bond.

Never Dream of Dying (By:Raymond Benson)

A movie is a perfect hiding place for crime, as Bond finds when he uncovers how a film producer is a front for an international crime conspiracy. The Union already encountered in the latest two Bond adventures High Time to Kill and Doubleshot reveals its connections to the Cannes Film Festival and the Corsican mafia. Before he has finished, Bond will have to save the producer’s exquisite movie star wife, confront Le Gerant, the brains behind the Union and settle a score from many years ago.

The Man With the Red Tattoo (By:Raymond Benson)

On a quiet late night flight from Tokyo to London, a beautiful young woman, Kioko McMahon, falls ill. Before the plane can reach emergency medical facilities across the Pacific, she succumbs to her inexplicable symptoms. The mystery deepens when police in Japan discover that her family shared her fate. The only survivor is her rebellious sister, Mayumi, who had run off with her gang member boyfriend several years before. Because the late patriarch of the family, Peter McMahon, was the head of one of the world’s most important genetic research companies, and a personal friend of the Prime Minister, James Bond is sent to investigate the deaths. 007’s quest for answers leads to the surviving sister and to a nest of Yakuza gangsters. Along the way, he uncovers a plot of such monstrous proportions that it could only have been hatched in the mind of a madman.

Die Another Day (By:Raymond Benson)

Based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert WadeWhen danger becomes a temptation…
when every move brings you closer to the edge…
when you live every day as if it’s your last…
there’s a surprise around every curve. After months of torture in a North Korean prison, secret agent James Bond is released, only to find that M has deactivated him. On his own, Agent 007 follows the trail of a megalomaniac menace through the seedy streets of Shanghai and hideaways of Havana. Finally, in a magnificent crystalline ice palace, Bond encounters two fiery femmes fatales and a master plot to destroy the planet with a demonic weapon of mass destruction. Die Another Day 2002 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Devil May Care (By:Sebastian Faulks)

200 copies sold out in 2 hoursOnly 100 copies left, available only in USA at RandomHouse. comIt is with the greatest delight that we present the Bentley Special Series edition of Devil May Care. The ultimate in luxury editions this beautifully crafted book represents a unique alliance between two of the world’s most iconic brands: James Bond and Bentley Motors. Cars and James Bond have always had a special association our favourite spy is suitably famed for his fast cars and even faster driving. Whether it s in pursuit of an arch nemesis or a beautiful woman, Bond is always at home behind the wheel of a luxury sports car. Contrary to popular belief however, Bond s preference has historically been firmly with Bentley Motors. In the course of the fourteen original Bond novels, Fleming wrote of Bond owning three Bentleys the last of which was a Bentley R type, which Bond lovingly referred to as the locomotive . These were Bond s personal cars the cars that Fleming thought most epitomized the discernment and style of his hero. In Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming s birth, it is fitting that Bond is found once again in the driving seat of his favorite motor the Bentley. To mark this momentous occasion, the publishers approached the famous Crewe firm to produce a Bentley edition of the book. This beautifully crafted luxury edition is the result. Bringing together the design and materials that epitomise the quality and craftsmanship of Bentley Motors, this is the perfect celebration of the centenary of Ian Fleming s birth. Only 300 copies of the Special Series edition will be produced worldwide, with only 100 available in the US, costing $1500 each. A HISTORY OF BOND AND BENTLEY In Casino Royale we first hear of Bond s fascination with Bentleys he drives: One of the last of the 4 ? litre Bentleys with the supercharger by Amherst Villiers, he had bought it almost new in 1933 and had kept it in careful storage through the war. It was still serviced every year and, in London, a former Bentley mechanic, who worked in a garage near Bond s Chelsea flat, tended it with jealous care. Bond drove it hard and well and with an almost sensual pleasure. It was a battleship grey convertible coup , which really did convert, and it was capable of touring at ninety with thirty miles an hour in reserve. Bond writes off his first Bentley in Moonraker after which he takes delivery of a Mark VI. The 1953 Mark VI, had an open touring body. It was battleship grey like the old 4 ? litre that had gone to its grave in a Maidstone garage, and the dark blue leather upholstery gave a luxurious hiss as he climbed awkwardly in beside the test driver. The Mark VI however is quickly surpassed by Bond s third and final Bentley the Continental, which Fleming describes as the most selfish car in England. This is the car that Bond drives in Thunderball and subsequently in On Her Majesty s Secret Service. It was a MK V I Continental Bentley that some rich idiot had married to a telegraph pole on the Great West Road. Bond had bought the bits for 1,500 and Rolls had straightened the bend in the chassis and fitted new clockwork the Mark VI engine with 9.5 compression. This is the car that most seems to have captured Fleming s imagination he researched the specification carefully, going into meticulous detail as to the car s modifications. Writing to his friend Whitney Straight he states: In connection with James Bond’s new car, I would like it to be a cross between a Continental Bentley and a Ford Thunderbird i.e. a smallish cockpit with a long bonnet line and a large boot behind. He is thought to have based the car on a custom modified Bentley Continental designed by French coachbuilder Henri Chapron http://www. continental. org. uk/index. htm?http://www. continental. org. uk/bond. htm. Fleming goes on to describe the novel in greater detail in the novels: Bond had gone to Mulliners with 3,000 which was half his total capital, and they had sawn off the old cramped sports saloon body and had fitted a trim, rather square convertible two seater affair, power operated, with only two large armed bucket seats in black leather. The rest of the blunt end was all knife edged rather ugly, trunk Bond clearly shares Fleming s passion for this particular car, so much so that he names it the locomotive It s his personal car the Aston Martin was the pool car of the service and as such his real automotive passion stays with the Bentley. The car was painted in rough, not gloss, battleship grey and the upholstery was black morocco She went like a bird and a bomb and Bond loved her more than all the women at present in his life rolled, if that were feasible, together. And so in Devil May Care Sebastian Faulks once more treats us to Bond happily behind the wheel of the locomotive you ll have to wait until May 28th to read more. THE DESIGN STORYThe publishers approached Bentley soon after they signed Sebastian Faulks to write the new James Bond novel. We had, from the very beginning, wanted to produce a special edition and Bentley was the first and immediate choice. And so they went to Crewe, to Bentley HQ, to meet their design team. Dirk van Braekel is Chief Designer at Bentley. He studied at the Royal College of Art, one of the first schools to specialize in car design. He then joined Volkswagen unit Audi in 1984, and was drafted in to head up Bentley s design team when the VW group acquired the company in 1998. There, he created the groundbreaking design for the Bentley Continental GT, launched in 2004 and one of the most successful sports coupes of our times. Under Dirk s guidance, the Bentley Design team have produced the phenomenal design for the Special Series edition. What struck me with the Bond story is that throughout the novels there has always been the connection to Bentley which unfortunately has never really surfaced in the films, so unless you are an absolute Bond fan, hardly anybody knows this. Now we were offered an opportunity to get that link a bit more in the open. Fresh recruit to the team, Kate Whatmore, was instrumental in conceiving the wonderful combination of design elements which reflect the craftsmanship of Bentley and the Bentley of Bond s era. As well as the time in which the story is set, the treatment for the design that Kate came up with captures in a subtle way the values that Bentley brand stands for: the leatherwork and bright metal parts; even the layout and the typefaces find their inspiration from the older car handbooks together with some references to what confidential and personal documents looked like in those days. The end result speaks for itself. THE SPECIAL SERIES EDITIONThe Special Series edition takes it s inspiration from the original hard cover cloth casing used by Jonathan Cape publishers when they first published Fleming s books back in the 1950s and 60s. This is combined with the slick and stylish designs of the 1950 s and 60 s Bentley owner s manuals and handbooks. The result is a beautiful and striking edition which immediately captures the suave sophistication of the James Bond novels. Bound in Bodoniana style cases finished in Burnt Oak leather sourced from the Pasubia tannery, which provides the hides for Bentley. The leather casing is then stitched in the iconic Bentley diamond pattern, as found on the radiator grille and the upholstery of modern Bentleys. The stitching is hand applied by the same craftsmen who produce the Vatican s leather bound volumes. The Bentley Flying B the radiator cap of the Bentleys of Bond s time adorns the front cover and spine. The inside of the casing is trimmed in deep red Hotspur leather with the striking fluting used on 50 s and 60 s Bentley interior upholstery. Inside the front cover, each edition is individually identified by its unique edition number on a black lacquer machined steel engine plate as found on every Bentley engine. The book is printed by Graphicom in Italy who have used a Munken Print Cream 150gsm paper stock the highest grade of paper appropriate for such an edition. The typography reflects exactly the styling of the Bentley owner s manua
ls. Each book block is then die cut with a car shaped silhouette. Then the pi ce de resistance into this die cut hole is inserted a cast and polished 1:43 scale model of the modified R type which Fleming is thought to have had Bond driving the Locomotive. The model has been crafted by hand by Bentley s current design team, and reflects all the details Fleming includes in his novels. Compulsion Gallery have produced just 300 of these models each one is individually numbered to match each Special Series book. Finally each book is protected by a custom made plexiglass slip case, which itself will be sealed in protective and numbered wrapping to ensure that this exclusive luxury edition reaches you in perfect condition.

Carte Blanche (By:Jeffery Deaver)

Bestselling thriller superstar Jeffery Deaver pens the blockbuster summer hit: JAMES BOND, back and better than ever, newly updated for the millenium.

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