So begins Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, first published in April 1953 and the start of James Bond’s literary career. Although criticised at the time for “sex, sadism and snobbery”, the books of Ian Fleming feature a more complex character than found in the films and are full of detail and vivid imagination.
This site, The James Bond Dossier, looks at the character of James Bond, 007, the secret agent with a licence to kill.
Want to know the latest on the next James Bond film?
Find out more about your favourite film in the 007 series.
Information on Ian Fleming’s 14 James Bond books.
Want to know what Bond’s favourite meals are?
James Bond drinks more than just vodka martinis.
One of James Bond’s loves is driving fast cars.
- Live And Let Die novel
Author: Ian Fleming Publication date: 5th April 1954 Publisher: Jonathan Cape Cover artist: Kenneth Lewis Contents What we say Locations Friends & foes Brands Food & drink Buy online 1954 saw the publication of Live And Let Die, set in the US and Fleming’s second home of Jamaica.
- The Brother that Bothers
Guest writer Nicolás Suszczyk revisits SPECTRE and looks at the relationship between 007 and a rebooted Blofeld.
- Books on James Bond:
7 must-haves for your collection
A look at the best books on James Bond published from the 1960s right up to the modern day.
- About The James Bond Dossier
Welcome to The James Bond Dossier.
- Video: On location in Lisbon
I just got back from a short visit to Lisbon in Portugal.
On this day...
- Birthday of Timothy Dalton 
Timothy Dalton was born on 21st March 1944 in Colwyn Bay in Wales, his father a captain in the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. Dalton became the fourth actor to play James Bond in the Eon Productions film series and rated by some fans as the closest to Ian Fleming’s Bond. […]
- Birthday of Ursula Andress 
Ursula Andress, who as bikini-clad Honey Rider emerged so memorably from the Caribbean Sea in Dr No, was born on 19th March 1936 in Ostermundigen, Switzerland.
- Birthday of Licence To Kill actor Frank McRae 
Frank McRae, who played Sharkey in Licence to Kill, was born in Memphis, Tennessee on 18th March 1944.
- Collecting 007: Francesc Sirvent
This week we take a look at some of the items in the collection of Sirvent, Francesc Sirvent.
- Collecting 007: Doug Redenius
Doug Redenius talks about his years as a collector.
- Collecting 007: Bazeer Flumore
Bazeer Flumore talks about collecting the Bond books in paperback.