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007 MAGAZINE Collectors' Guide to
James Bond UK Paperbacks
WRITTEN & COMPILED BY KEVIN HARPER

The complete guide to 007 in paperback in the UK, including an exclusive five-part overview of the most successful period in James Bond's literary history, when Ian Fleming's novels were published by PAN Books.

PAN PAPERBACKS (1955-1963)

PAN PAPERBACKS
(1955-1963)

The face of James Bond is depicted for the first
time on the PAN paperbacks of the late 1950s, with painted covers by some of the leading commercial artists of the day.

PART ONE: THE ORIGINAL FACE OF JAMES BOND


PAN PAPERBACKS (1963-1969)

PAN PAPERBACKS
(1963-1967)

Noted graphic designer Raymond Hawkey redefines the look of the PAN James Bond paperbacks throughout the 1960s.

PART TWO: THE RAYMOND HAWKEY COVERS


PAN PAPERBACKS MOVIE TIE-IN EDITIONS (1962-1974)

PAN PAPERBACKS
FILM TIE-IN EDITIONS
(1962-1974)

The release of each new film in the 1960s and early 1970s is promoted with a movie tie-in paperback.

PART THREE: FILM TIE-IN EDITIONS


PAN PAPERBACKS (1969-1971)

PAN PAPERBACKS
(1969-1971)

The James Bond Girls become the focus of the PAN paperback covers in the early 1970s.

PART FOUR: THE ‘WHITE-MODEL’ SERIES


PAN PAPERBACKS (1972-1977)

PAN PAPERBACKS
(1972-1977)

Meticulously researched still-life photographs redefine the PAN paperback series once again
in the 1970s.

PART FIVE: THE ‘STILL-LIFE’ SERIES


TRIAD/PANTHER PAPERBACKS (1977-1985)

TRIAD/PANTHER PAPERBACKS
(1977-1985)

Girls and Guns adorn the covers of a new series of paperbacks as Triad/Panther take over publication
of the James Bond novels in the next decade.


CORONET PAPERBACKS (1988-2002)

CORONET PAPERBACKS
(1988-2002)

From a simple silhouette and a return the painted cover, Coronet takes James Bond into the next millennium, with new authors joining the series.


PENGUIN PAPERBACKS & PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS (2002-2006)

PENGUIN PAPERBACKS
& PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
(2002-2006)

Abstract photography and stock images as the James Bond paperbacks find another new publisher.


PENGUIN PAPERBACKS (2006)

PENGUIN PAPERBACKS
(2006)

A return to a retro style painted cover
when James Bond is re-jacketed in 2006.


PENGUIN CENTENARY EDITION PAPERBACKS (2008)

PENGUIN CENTENARY EDITION PAPERBACKS (2008)

The Ian Fleming Centenary in 2008
is celebrated with the release of his novels
with new covers by Michael Gillette.


PENGUIN PAPERBACKS VINTAGE 007

PENGUIN PAPERBACKS
VINTAGE 007
(2012 to date)

A new series returns to simple graphic
covers for the latest set of paperbacks under
the ‘Vintage 007’ imprint in 2012.


PENGUIN PAPERBACKS - THERE IS ONLY ONE BOND

PENGUIN PAPERBACKS
VINTAGE BOOKS
(2012 to date)

Issued concurrently with the ‘Vintage 007’ imprint, this series utilised black-and-white stock photographs with the figure of James Bond
seen from behind holding a Walther PPK.


CORONET PAPERBACKS CONTINUATION NOVELS

CORONET PAPERBACKS CONTINUATION NOVELS

Coronet continued the James Bond series in 1982 with a new series of paperbacks from John Gardner. Without uniform covers, these novels were later incorporated into the Coronet Ian Fleming series
in the mid-1990s. The series resumed when Raymond Benson took over authorship in 1996.


ORION PAPERBACKS JOHN GARDNER NOVELS (2012)

ORION PAPERBACKS
JOHN GARDNER NOVELS

The James Bond continuation novels by
John Gardner were republished by Orion in 2012
with uniform covers featuring a return
to the simple graphic motif.


CONTINUATION NOVELS IN PAPERBACK

CONTINUATION NOVELS
IN PAPERBACK

The Ian Fleming Centenary in 2008 saw the release of DEVIL MAY CARE by Sebastian Faulks and initiated a new series of continuation novels by different authors. The paperback editions were also
issued by several different publishers.

YOUNG BOND IN PAPERBACK
A look at the popular series of original novels
aimed at a younger audience.


YOUNG READER EDITIONS

YOUNG READER EDITIONS

From the early 1970s several publishers have issued abridged and sanitised versions of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and short stories, aimed at younger readers and adult learners.


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