The James Bond Books by John Gardner

In 1981 John Gardner was asked by Glidrose Productions (now Ian Fleming Publications) to write a series of new James Bond novels.  The former Royal Marine had been a successful author since the 1960s, firstly with a series of light hearted thrillers and later with more series spy novels.

Gardner’s first James Bond book was Licence Renewed (1981) and he followed that up with a total of 14 novels and two film novelizations before retiring from the job in 1996, after which Raymond Benson took his place.


Licence Renewed (1981)


For Special Services (1982)


Icebreaker (1983)


Role of Honour (1984)

Nobody Lives for Ever (1986)

No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987)

Scorpius (1988)

Win, Lose or Die (1989)

Licence to Kill (1989) – film novelization

Brokenclaw (1990)

The Man from Barbarossa (1991)

Death Is Forever (1992)

Never Send Flowers (1993)

SeaFire (1994)

GoldenEye (1995) – film novelization

COLD (1996) – in the US the title was Cold Fall


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4 Responses to “The James Bond Books by John Gardner”

  • Chris Jones

    These were my introduction to the literary Bond, I really loved them.

  • Jason Surprise

    I enjoyed the Gardner books and have made it a point to purchase them all for my collection. Gardner was a good choice to pick up where Fleming’s writing ended.

  • Anthony Rosales

    I did enjoy the Gardner books very much, I thought he did his absolute best to hold up the series, I’m certain that Fleming would have been pleased. I understand that Gardner does not like to discuss his association with the Fleming Foundation, I’ve long wondered why.

  • Sam Kronis

    Gardner perfectly brought Bond up to date without up-dating him. Oh, and the Saab is Ace.

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