James Bond Timeline

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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 is 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.

1BuySilverFinJunior NovelCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2005-03-05
2BuySilverFin (comic)Graphic NovelCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2008-10-01
3BuyBlood FeverJunior NovelCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2006-01-05
4BuyDouble or DieJunior NovelCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2007-01-04
5BuyHurricane GoldJunior NovelCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2007-09-06
6BuyBy Royal CommandJunior NovelCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2008-09-03
7BuyA Hard Man to KillShort StoryCharlie HigsonYoung Bond2009-10-29Included in Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier
8BuyShoot to KillJunior NovelSteve ColeYoung Bond2014-11-06
9BuyHeads You DieJunior NovelSteve ColeYoung Bond2016-05-05
10BuyStrike LightningJunior NovelSteve ColeYoung Bond2016-09-01
11BuyRed NemesisJunior NovelSteve ColeYoung Bond2017-05-04
12Moneypenny's First Date with BondShort StorySamantha WeinbergMoneypenny Diaries2006-11-11
13BuyForever and a DayNovelAnthony HorowitzFleming Era2018-05-31
14BuyCasino RoyaleNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1953-04-13
15For Your Eyes Only, JamesShort StorySamantha WeinbergMoneypenny Diaries2006-11-01
16BuyLive and Let DieNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1954-04-05
17BuyMoonrakerNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1955-04-05
18BuyDiamonds Are foreverNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1956-03-26
19BuyFrom Russia, with LoveNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1957-04-08
20BuyDr. NoNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1958-03-31
21BuyGoldfingerNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1959-03-23
22BuyTrigger MortisNovelAnthony HorowitzFleming Era2015-09-08Contains material previously unreleased, written by Fleming
23BuyRisicoShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1960-04-11Included in For Your Eyes Only.
24BuyQuantum of SolaceShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1960-04-11Included in For Your Eyes Only.
25BuyThe Hildebrand RarityShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1960-04-11Included in For Your Eyes Only.
26BuyFrom a View to a KillShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1960-04-11Included in For Your Eyes Only.
27BuyFor Your Eyes OnlyShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1960-04-11Included in For Your Eyes Only.
28BuyThunderballNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1961-03-27
29BuyOctopussyShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1966-06-23Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights
30BuyThe Living DaylightsShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1966-06-23Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights
31BuyThe Property of a LadyShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1966-06-23Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights
32Buy007 in New YorkShort StoryIan FlemingFleming Era1966-06-23Included in Octopussy and the Living Daylights
33BuyOn Her Majesty's Secret ServiceNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1963-04-01
34BuyGuardian AngelNovelSamantha WeinbergMoneypenny Diaries2005-10-10
35BuyYou Only Live TwiceNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1964-03-16
36BuyThe Man With the Golden GunNovelIan FlemingFleming Era1965-04-01
37BuySecret ServantNovelSamantha WeinbergMoneypenny Diaries2006-11-02
38BuyColonel SunNovelRobert MarkhamPost-Fleming1968-03-28
39BuyDevil May CareNovelSebastian FaulksPost-Fleming2008-05-28
40BuySoloNovelWilliam BoydPost-Fleming2013-09-26
41BuyFinal FlingNovelSamantha WeinbergMoneypenny Diaries2008-05-01
42BuyLicence RenewedNovelJohn GardnerGardner1981-05-01
43BuyFor Special ServicesNovelJohn GardnerGardner1982-09-01
44BuyIcebreakerNovelJohn GardnerGardner1983-07-07
45BuyRole of HonourNovelJohn GardnerGardner1984-10-01
46BuyNobody Lives for EverNovelJohn GardnerGardner1986-06-26
47BuyNo Deals, Mr. BondNovelJohn GardnerGardner1987-05-21
48BuyScorpiusNovelJohn GardnerGardner1988-06-01
49BuyWin, Lose or DieNovelJohn GardnerGardner1989-01-01
50BuyLicence to KillNovelJohn GardnerGardner1989-01-01Film adaptation.
51BuyBrokenclawNovelJohn GardnerGardner1990-07-01
52BuyThe Man from BarbarossaNovelJohn GardnerGardner1991-08-01
53BuyDeath is ForeverNovelJohn GardnerGardner1992-07-01
54BuyNever Send FlowersNovelJohn GardnerGardner1993-07-15
55BuySeaFireNovelJohn GardnerGardner1994-08-01
56BuyGoldenEyeNovelJohn GardnerGardner1995-10-01Film adaptation.
57BuyCold FallNovelJohn GardnerGardner1996-05-02
58BuyBlast from the PastShort StoryRaymond BensonBenson1997-01-01Included in The Union Trilogy
59BuyZero Minus TenNovelRaymond BensonBenson1997-04-01
60BuyTomorrow Never DiesNovelRaymond BensonBenson1997-11-01Film adaptation.
61BuyThe Facts of DeathNovelRaymond BensonBenson1998-05-07
62BuyMidsummer Night's DoomShort StoryRaymond BensonBenson1999-01-01Included in Choice of Weapons
63BuyHigh Time to KillNovelRaymond BensonBenson1999-05-06
64BuyLive at FiveShort StoryRaymond BensonBenson1999-11-01Included in Choice of Weapons
65BuyThe World is Not EnoughNovelRaymond BensonBenson1999-11-01Film adaptation.
66BuyDoubleShotNovelRaymond BensonBenson2000-05-04
67BuyNever Dream of DyingNovelRaymond BensonBenson2001-11-01
68BuyThe Man with the Red TattooNovelRaymond BensonBenson2002-05-02
69BuyDie Another DayNovelRaymond BensonBenson2002-11-01Film adaptation.
70BuyCarte BlancheNovelJeffery DeaverBenson2011-05-26

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