James Bond Timeline

Ian Fleming launched a new genre of literature with his James Bond books of the 1950s and ’60s. With Sean Connery taking up the role in film, and successive actors taking over the roll throughout the years, the legacy of the character has persisted to this day. This is the James Bond book timeline.

What’s on the James Bond Timeline?


This is the unofficial James Bond timeline for the books written by Ian Fleming and the authors who succeeded him. This isĀ not a timeline for the James Bond films, since those have little chronology and should be considered standalone films. Film adaptations of the novels also only loosely drew on the story.

Other authors, however, have continued the story of James Bond, and their works remain (mostly) chronological, though some of the books were adaptations of original Bond films. These are also included here on this timeline. If you see anything that seems out of place, or that could be corrected, be sure to let us know.

Where to Start Reading James Bond Novels?

This timeline is a bit all over the place. If you’re already pretty familiar with some of the novels, you can start chronologically, but we would recommend starting in order of release date, starting with Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Charlie Higson

2005-03-05

2

Young Bond

Graphic Novel

Charlie Higson

2008-10-01

3

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Charlie Higson

2006-01-05

4

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Charlie Higson

2007-01-04

5

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Charlie Higson

2007-09-06

6

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Charlie Higson

2008-09-03

7

Young Bond

Short Story

Charlie Higson

2009-10-29

Included in Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier

8

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Steve Cole

2014-11-06

9

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Steve Cole

2016-05-05

10

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Steve Cole

2016-09-01

11

Young Bond

Junior Novel

Steve Cole

2017-05-04

12

Moneypenny Diaries

Short Story

Samantha Weinberg

2006-11-11

13

Fleming Era

Novel

Anthony Horowitz

2018-05-31

14

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1953-04-13

15

Moneypenny Diaries

Short Story

Samantha Weinberg

2006-11-01

16

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1954-04-05

17

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1955-04-05

18

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1956-03-26

19

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1957-04-08

20

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1958-03-31

21

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1959-03-23

22

Fleming Era

Novel

Anthony Horowitz

2015-09-08

Contains material previously unreleased, written by Fleming

23

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1960-04-11

Included in For Your Eyes Only.

24

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1960-04-11

Included in For Your Eyes Only.

25

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1960-04-11

Included in For Your Eyes Only.

26

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1960-04-11

Included in For Your Eyes Only.

27

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1960-04-11

Included in For Your Eyes Only.

28

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1961-03-27

29

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1966-06-23

Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights

30

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1966-06-23

Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights

31

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1966-06-23

Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights

32

Fleming Era

Short Story

Ian Fleming

1966-06-23

Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights

33

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1963-04-01

34

Moneypenny Diaries

Novel

Samantha Weinberg

2005-10-10

35

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1964-03-16

36

Fleming Era

Novel

Ian Fleming

1965-04-01

37

Moneypenny Diaries

Novel

Samantha Weinberg

2006-11-02

38

Post-Fleming

Novel

Robert Markham

1968-03-28

39

Post-Fleming

Novel

Sebastian Faulks

2008-05-28

40

Post-Fleming

Novel

William Boyd

2013-09-26

41

Moneypenny Diaries

Novel

Samantha Weinberg

2008-05-01

42

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1981-05-01

43

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1982-09-01

44

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1983-07-07

45

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1984-10-01

46

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1986-06-26

47

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1987-05-21

48

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1988-06-01

49

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1989-01-01

50

Gardner

Novel

John Gardner

1989-01-01

Film adaptation.

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