Ian Fleming’s James Bond books and short stories
Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, the Signet editions, were published by the New American Library of World Literature, Inc., New York. Abbreviations and copyright date are as follows:
- Casino Royale, CR (1953)
- Live and Let Die, LLD (1954)
- Moonraker, MR (1955)
- Diamonds Are Forever, DF (1956)
- From Russia with Love, FRWL (1957)
- Doctor No, DN (1958)
- Goldfinger, GF (1959)
- For Your Eyes Only, FY (1959, 1960)
- Thunderball, T (1961)
- The Spy Who Loved Me, TS (1962)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, MSS (1963)
- You Only Live Twice, YOLT (1964)
- The Man with the Golden Gun, GG (1965)
- Octopussy, O (1966)
James Bond is most famous for his cinematic persona, but the James Bond books are a media milestone all their own. If you read any of Ian Fleming’s work it will become apparent that the James Bond films and the novels are not the same. The themes of the books and movies have diverged from one another.
Ian Fleming, the man who created James Bond, has often been dismissed as a weak author or denounced for “sex, sadism and snobbery” in his work. I say, his literature deserves to be re-evaluated. Indeed, Fleming’s stories have considerable mythological, allegorical and theological depth deserving this revival. Fleming wove major spiritual themes into his literature.
As my book, Ian Fleming’s Seven Deadlier Sins and 007’s Moral Compass reveals, Ian Fleming’s stories have far more depth than some may think. Within the pages of Fleming’s books, he entreats us to examine evil in our world and struggle against it.