A look at the most recent release of the James Bond audio books.
These days, with a large proportion of people owning smartphones and tablet computers, the choices for consuming content is much more varied. Yes, we can read the James Bond novels and short stories in book form, but they are also available for Kindle or to listen to in audio book form.
All the original Ian Fleming stories were released as audio books by AudioGO in 2012 under the 007 Reloaded banner.
Recorded by a variety of actors, they are completely unabridged, which can be one of the limitations of the format.
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Unfortunately AudioGO went out of business in 2013 and so the recordings had limited availability for a time. However, they now published by Ian Fleming Publications and available direct from Amazon.
Although I prefer to read books – on both paper and in Kindle format – many people don’t have time, are in jobs that require them to drive and want to pass the time, or simply prefer to listen to books. At the end of the day these devices are designed to make our lives easier and in the case of books that means giving us more choices and making it easier to buy.
Below is a list of the James Bond audio books by Ian Fleming but some of the continuation novels are also available.
James Bond audio books by Ian Fleming
Dan Stevens: James Bond is pitted against Le Chiffre at the gambling tables of Royale les Eaux.
Live And Let Die
Rory Kinnear: M sends Bond to New York on the trail of the mysterious Mr Big, eventually leading to Jamaica.
Bill Nighy: Card cheat Sir Hugo Drax, developing Britain’s own nuclear deterrent, is not what he seems.
Diamonds Are Forever
Damian Lewis: 007 once again heads for New York, this time to close down a diamond smuggling operation.
From Russia, With Love
Toby Stephens: James Bond is sent to Turkey, where he has been lured into an obvious trap by SMERSH.
Hugh Quarshie: When the Caribbean station chief goes missing with his secretary, Bond is sent in to investigate what appears to be an open and shut case.
Hugh Bonneville. Obsessed with gold, Auric Goldfinger plans to steal the entire reserves of the United States.
For Your Eyes Only
Samuel West: Consists of five short stories; From A View To A Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Risico, Quantum of Solace and The Hildebrand Rarity.
Jason Isaacs: A plane carrying 2 atom bombs goes missing after being hijacked by SPECTRE in exchange for a huge ransom.
The Spy Who Loved Me
Rosamund Pike: Vivienne Michel narrates her experience of how she met James Bond.
On Her Majesty’s Secret
David Tennant: On the trail of SPECTRE boss Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007 follows a lead linking him to a clinic in the Swiss mountains.
You Only Live Twice
Martin Jarvis: Following the death of his wife, James Bond is sent to Japan to negotiate for access to top secret Russian ciphers intercepted by the Japanese.
The Man With The Golden Gun
Kenneth Branagh: Following his brainwashing by the Russian, James Bond is sent on a mission to kill or cure.
Octopussy & The Living
Tom Hiddleston, Lucy Fleming: Contains four short stories. As well as the title stories they are; Property of a Lady and 007 in New York, the last of which is read by Fleming’s niece, Lucy.
Note: This article was originally published on 13th December 2013. It was updated on 11th January 2017 to include the US editions of the audio books and update some details.