Raymond Benson

Birthday of 007 continuation author Raymond Benson [1955]

September 6th, 2017 by

Raymond Benson, who first published the seminal James Bond Bedside Companion in 1984 and went on to write a series of continuation titles and novelizations, was born in Texas on 5th September 1955. Approached by Glidrose Productions (now Ian Fleming Publications) following the retirement of John Gardner, Benson became the fourth James Bond continuation author and the […]

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Anniversary of ‘Zero Minus Ten’ by Raymond Benson in UK [1997]

April 3rd, 2017 by

Raymond Benson’s debut 007 novel Zero Minus Ten was published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton on 3rd April 1997.

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Collecting 007: Raymond Benson

September 7th, 2016 by

Raymond Benson, author of The James Bond Bedside Companion and several  continuation novels, talks about his days as a collector.  When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? It was around Christmas 1964/early 1965 after Goldfinger was out. I actually heard the soundtrack album first–the John Barry score was my introduction to James Bond, […]

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A Novel Return… But How?

May 27th, 2014 by

We all know that James Bond will return. After all, we’ve been told as much by 23 movies. 007 originated in 1953’s novel Casino Royale and has been off and on the page ever since. For the most part, one adventure followed another and Bond slowly aged throughout the series. After 2002’s The Man With […]

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007 Kindle ebooks no fan should be without

April 25th, 2013 by

Depending on your point of view the Kindle is either a miracle device, or the work of the Devil. While some people like their device – or love the ability to read Amazon’s Kindle ebooks on an iPad or other device – many see the move towards putting books into an electronic format as destroying […]

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M’s name in the books and films

April 8th, 2013 by

Being James Bond have published an interesting article about M’s name, following the revelation of the name of Judi Dench’s M at the end of Skyfall. The article notes that M’s full name was not revealed by Ian Fleming until The Man With The Golden Gun, his last novel, but takes us through each incarnation […]

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