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The covers presented on this page are displayed in the order they were first released in the USA, not in the original publication order of the Ian Fleming novels in the UK. As such this provides a far more interesting historical context to the publishing history of the James Bond novels in paperback in the USA.

US Berkley Paperbacks

CASINO ROYALE Berkley Books Paperback

LIVE AND LET DIE Berkley Books Paperback DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Berkley Books Paperback

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE Berkley Books Paperback

CASINO ROYALE
Berkley Books
May 1982
LIVE AND LET DIE
Berkley Books
May 1982
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Berkley Books
May 1982
FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
Berkley Books
May 1982

DOCTOR NO Berkley Books Paperback

GOLDFINGER Berkley Books Paperback THUNDERBALL Berkley Books Paperback

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Berkley Books Paperback

DOCTOR NO
Berkley Books
May 1982
GOLDFINGER
Berkley Books
May 1982
THUNDERBALL
Berkley Books
June 1982
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
Berkley Books
July 1982

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Berkley Books Paperback

MOONRAKER Berkley Books Paperback FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Berkley Books Paperback A View To A Kill movie tie-in edition

CASINO ROYALE Berkley Books Paperback promotional edition

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Berkley Books
August 1982
MOONRAKER
Berkley Books
August 1984
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Berkley Books
June 1985
CASINO ROYALE
Berkley Books
Promotional copy 1986

Berkley Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House) released an incomplete series of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels in the USA starting in May 1982. They featured a solid colour background and a small silhouette of Bond in a different firing position on each cover. The covers of the Fleming titles now matched those of the first four John Gardner series of James Bond continuation novels then also being published in paperback in the US by Berkley. A later 1985 reprint of FOR YOUR EYES ONLY added the text ‘FEATURING “FROM A VIEW TO A KILL”’ to tie-in with the final film of the series to star Roger Moore as James Bond. An alternate version overprinted with a white flash bearing the text ‘DON'T MISS THE NEW JAMES BOND MOVIE A VIEW TO A KILL STARRING ROGER MOORE’ appeared once the film was on release in the US with its amended title. An edition of Ian Fleming's CASINO ROYALE with a yellow cover and different silhouette was also given away free with purchases of John Gardner's NO DEALS, MR. BOND in 1986.

US Berkley Paperbacks – John Gardner continuation novels

LICENSE RENEWED Berkley Books Paperback

FOR SPECIAL SERVICES Berkley Books Paperback ICEBREAKER Berkley Books Paperback

ROLE OF HONOR Berkley Books Paperback

LICENSE RENEWED
Berkley Books
1982
FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
Berkley Books
1983
ICEBREAKER
Berkley Books
1984
ROLE OF HONOR
Berkley Books
1985

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER Berkley Books Paperback

NO DEALS, MR. BOND Berkley Books Paperback SCORPIUS Berkley Books Paperback

WIN, LOSE OR DIE Berkley Books Paperback

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
Berkley Books
1987
NO DEALS, MR. BOND
Berkley Books
1987
SCORPIUS
Berkley Books
1988
WIN, LOSE OR DIE
Berkley Books
1989

BROKENCLAW Berkley Books Paperback

THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA Berkley Books Paperback DEATH IS FOREVER Berkley Books Paperback

NEVER SEND FLOWERS Berkley Books Paperback

BROKENCLAW
Berkley Books
1990
THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA
Berkley Books
1991
DEATH IS FOREVER
Berkley Books
1992
NEVER SEND FLOWERS
Berkley Books
1993

SEAFIRE Berkley Books Paperback

COLD FALL  Berkley Books Paperback
SEAFIRE
Berkley Books
1996
COLD FALL
Berkley Books
1996
   

The first four John Gardner titles were published at the same time the complete Ian Fleming series were reprinted by Berkley Books and have a black silhouette of James Bond on the cover. Each paperback is also linked with the text “Ian Fleming's Master Spy James Bond in...” above the title of each novel.

US Berkley Paperbacks - John Gardner continuation novels [reprints]

LICENSE RENEWED Berkley Books Paperback reprint

FOR SPECIAL SERVICES Berkley Books Paperback reprint ICEBREAKERV Berkley Books Paperback reprint

ROLE OF HONOR Berkley Books Paperback reprint

LICENSE RENEWED
Berkley Books
1990 reprint
FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
Berkley Books
1990 reprint
ICEBREAKER
Berkley Books
1990 reprint
ROLE OF HONOR
Berkley Books
1990 reprint

The first four John Gardner James Bond novels were later reprinted to coincide with the publication of WIN, LOSE OR DIE and BROKENCLAW, this time with their cover artwork revised to include a three-coloured silhouette of James Bond, which had been introduced with the paperback publication of SCORPIUS in 1988, before returning to unique artwork from THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA in 1991.

 

US Paperbacks – other movie tie-in editions [various publishers]

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME by Christopher Wood Warner Paperback

MOONRAKER Jove Paperback movie tie-in edition LICENCE TO KILL Berkley Books Paperback movie tie-in edition

GOLDENEYE Berkley Books Paperback movie tie-in edition

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
By Christopher Wood
Warner Books
1977
Poster art by Bob Peak
JAMES BOND AND
MOONRAKER
By Christopher Wood
Jove Books
1979
Poster art by Robert McGinnis
LICENCE TO KILL
By John Gardner
Berkley Books
1989
 GOLDENEYE
By John Gardner
Berkley Books
1995

TOMORROW NEVER DIES Berkley Books Paperback movie tie-in edition

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Berkley Books Paperback movie tie-in edition DIE ANOTHER DAY Berkley Books Paperback movie tie-in edition

The seven paperbacks in this section are novelizations based on the screenplay of the respective film. In the case of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and JAMES BOND AND MOONRAKER, these were written by Christopher Wood based on his own screenplays. LICENCE TO KILL was written by John Gardner and based on the screenplay by Michael G. Wilson & Richard Maibaum, with GOLDENEYE based on the screenplay by Michael France & Jeffrey Caine. TOMORROW NEVER DIES was written by Raymond Benson based on the screenplay by Bruce Feirstein; with THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY based on the screenplays by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

 TOMORROW NEVER DIES
By Raymond Benson
Berkley Books
1997
 THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
By Raymond Benson
Berkley Books
1999
 DIE ANOTHER DAY
By Raymond Benson
Berkley Books
2002
 

US Jove Paperbacks - Raymond Benson continuation novels

ZERO MINUS TEN Jove paperback

THE FACTS OF DEATH Jove paperback HIGH TIME TO KILL Jove paperback

DOUBLESHOT Jove paperback

ZERO MINUS TEN
Jove Books
July 1998
THE FACTS OF DEATH
Jove Books
August 1999
HIGH TIME TO KILL
Jove Books
June 2000
 DOUBLESHOT
Jove Books
June 2001

NEVER DREAM OF DYING Jove paperback

THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO Jove paperback    
NEVER DREAM OF DYING
Jove Books
April 2002
THE MAN WITH
THE RED TATTOO

Jove Books
April 2003
   

With a new James Bond continuation author came a new publisher. Jove Books published Raymond Benson's first full-length James Bond novel ZERO MINUS TEN in paperback in July 1998, followed annually by each new title in the series. Independent publisher Jove Books (formerly known as Pyramid Books and now part of the Penguin Group) had earlier issued the movie tie-in paperback for Moonraker (1979) [featuring a new version of Daniel Gouzee's poster artwork re-interpreted by seven-time James Bond poster artist Robert McGinnis], and eight Ian Fleming novels in the early 1980s. Raymond Benson's own novelizations of the screenplays to Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) were published by Berkley Books. The uniform set of Raymond Benson novels returned to using a silhouette of James Bond on the cover; one of which was identical to that seen on the 1982 Berkley edition of GOLDFINGER, and used again on Jove's THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO paperback, but this time reversed.

US Pegasus Paperbacks – Raymond Benson anthologies

THE UNION TRILOGY Pegasus Paperback

CHOICE OF WEAPONS Pegasus Paperback    
THE UNION TRILOGY
Pegasus Books
October 2008
CHOICE OF WEAPONS
Pegasus Books
August 2010
   

In 2008 Raymond Benson's 1997 short story BLAST FROM THE PAST (which first appeared in PLAYBOY Magazine in January 1997) was published by Pegasus Books in The Union Trilogy, an anthology which included three of Benson's later novels: HIGH TIME TO KILL (1999), DOUBLESHOT (2000) and NEVER DREAM OF DYING (2001). A second anthology entitled Choice of Weapons followed two years later which collected ZERO MINUS TEN (1997), THE FACTS OF DEATH (1999) and THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO (2002); and added two short stories LIVE AT FIVE (1999) [which first appeared in TV GUIDE, November 13, 1999], and MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DOOM (1999) [which first appeared in PLAYBOY Magazine in January 1999].

US Pegasus Paperbacks
John Gardner reprints – Cover art by Dan Mogford

In 2011 Pegasus Books began reprinting editions of John Gardner's James Bond novels with uniform covers. The series was also published in the UK by Orion Books to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of his first 007 adventure LICENCE RENEWED. The artwork was a last-minute replacement for that originally chosen for the series. Garish cartoon-like paintings of the Bond girls by Michael Fusco (also seen on the two Pegasus Raymond Benson anthologies) were originally announced, but wisely replaced with the Dan Mogford artwork also used on the UK Orion covers. The flames on the skull featured on LICENSE RENEWED are slightly different on the US version, and there are also some minor colour variations between the UK and US series, but otherwise the artwork is identical. The Pegasus covers include the name of the contemporary author providing the new introduction for the first two novels, and a brief UK newspaper endorsement. The Pegasus paperbacks use the American spelling of LICENSE RENEWED and ROLE OF HONOR, and the alternate title for John Gardner's final Bond novel COLD FALL.

LICENCE RENEWED Pegasus Paperback

FOR SPECIAL SERVICES Pegasus Paperback ICBREAKER Pegasus Paperback ROLE OF HONOR Pegasus Paperback
LICENSE RENEWED
12th October 2011
FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
12th October 2011
ICEBREAKER
12th October 2011
ROLE OF HONOR
5th January 2012

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER Pegasus Paperback

NO DEALS, MR. BOND Pegasus Paperback SCORPIUS Pegasus Paperback WIN, LOSE OR DIE Pegasus Paperback
NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
5th January 2012
NO DEALS, MR. BOND
10th October 2012
SCORPIUS
10th October 2012

WIN, LOSE OR DIE
1st May 2013

BROKENCLAW Pegasus Paperback

THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA Pegasus Paperback DEATH IS FOREVER Pegasus Paperback

NEVER SEND FLOWERS Pegasus Paperback

BROKENCLAW
1st May 2013

THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA
6th February 2014
DEATH IS FOREVER
6th February 2014
NEVER SEND FLOWERS
16th November 2015

SEAFIRE Pegasus Paperback

COLD FALL Pegasus Paperback
SEAFIRE
16th November 2015
COLD FALL
16th November 2015
   

PENGUIN ‘Bond Re-jacketed’ US Paperbacks 2002-2008
Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

CASINO ROYALE Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey DOCTOR NO Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey GOLDFINGER Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

MOONRAKER Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

CASINO ROYALE
27th August 2002

DOCTOR NO
27th August 2002
GOLDFINGER
27th August 2002

MOONRAKER
31st December 2002

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

THUNDERBALL Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
31st December 2002

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
31st December 2002
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
29th April 2003

THUNDERBALL
29th April 2003

LIVE AND LET DIE Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

LIVE AND LET DIE
May 2003
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
2nd September 2003
ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE
2nd September 2003
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
2nd September 2003
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey OCTOPUSSY & THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

QUANTUM OF SOLACE The complete James Bond Short Stories  Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey

MOONRAKER Penguin paperback Cover design by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey 2008 Ian Fleming Centenary edition

THE MAN WITH THE
GOLDEN GUN
6th April 2004
OCTOPUSSY AND
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
6th April 2004
QUANTUM OF SOLACE
The Complete James Bond Short Stories
Published 26th August 2008
MOONRAKER
2008
Ian Fleming Centenary edition [all titles had the IF logo]
Penguin Books Ian Fleming Centenary paperbacks poster

A new complete series of all Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and short story collections were published in the USA by Penguin Books starting with CASINO ROYALE in August 2002. With striking retro-style covers by Roseanne Serra and Richie Fahey, the series marked the first time that all paperbacks had been printed in the US with matching covers. It was also the first time the UK texts were available in the US, including the uncensored version of LIVE AND LET DIE. Two versions of CASINO ROYALE were published in 2006 overprinted with the text ‘SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE’, and later ‘NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE’. To mark the Ian Fleming Centenary in 2008 the series was re-issued again with a medallion logo. A new paperback was also added to the series which collected all Ian Fleming's short stories in one volume under the title QUANTUM OF SOLACE The Complete James Bond Short Stories.

CASINO ROYALE 2006 movie tie-in reprint

Penguin Books THE BLOFELD TRILOGY paperback

The new anthology was published to tie in with the US release of Daniel Craig's second James Bond film, and was only available in the USA and Canada. Penguin Books promoted the new book (and the fourteen already available) with a poster featuring the Richie Fahey artwork seen on the cover of the new title.

Penguin Paperbacks trade/mass market paperbacks

On September 28, 2010 Penguin Books published The Blofeld Trilogy (pictured above right), an anthology paperback which contained THUNDERBALL, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE & YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. Already published by Penguin in the UK a year earlier, the anthology was re-issued as The Spectre Trilogy in 2015, to tie in with the return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld's crime organisation in Daniel Craig's fourth James Bond film, although no US edition was printed under this title. The ‘Bond Re-jacketed’ series itself (with the exception of QUANTUM OF SOLACE The Complete James Bond Short Stories) was not published in the UK until October 26, 2006 when Penguin Books issued the complete set on the same day.

It should be noted that the US editions were issued as trade paperbacks (129mm × 198mm) and therefore slightly larger than their UK mass market counterparts (110mm × 178mm). The UK paperbacks also all have their spines numbered 1-14, and featured new introductions by contemporary authors.

US Penguin Paperbacks 2010

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE Penguin Inks series rear cover by Chris Garver FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE Penguin Inks series cover by Chris Garver

For the 75th anniversary of Penguin Books in 2010 FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE was issued as part of the ‘Penguin Inks’ series with a wraparound cover designed by renowned tattoo artist Chris Garver (1970- ).

Published on June 29, 2010 Ian Fleming's 1957 James Bond novel was a standalone release as part of a series of titles from Penguin Books, who commissioned tattoo artists and illustrators to re-imagine the covers of six modern classics.

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
29th June 2010
Cover art by Chris Garver

US Thomas & Mercer Paperbacks 2012

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CASINO ROYALE Thomas & Mercer Paperback LIVE AND LET DIE Thomas & Mercer Paperback MOONRAKERThomas & Mercer Paperback

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Thomas & Mercer Paperback

CASINO ROYALE

LIVE AND LET DIE MOONRAKER

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE Thomas & Mercer Paperback DR. NO Thomas & Mercer Paperback GOLDFINGER Thomas & Mercer Paperback

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Thomas & Mercer Paperback

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE

DR. NO GOLDFINGER

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

THUNDERBALL Thomas & Mercer Paperback THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Thomas & Mercer Paperback ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Thomas & Mercer Paperback

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Thomas & Mercer Paperback

THUNDERBALL

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Thomas & Mercer Paperback OCTOPUSSY AND THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS Thomas & Mercer Paperback THRILLING CITIES Thomas & Mercer Paperback

THE DIAMONDS SMUGGLERS Thomas & Mercer Paperback

THE MAN WITH
THE GOLDEN GUN

OCTOPUSSY AND
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
THRILLING CITIES
26th March 2013

THE DIAMOND SMUGGLERS
26th March 2013

THE JAMES BOND COLLECTION Thomas & Mercer Paperback

In April 2012 Amazon Publishing announced that they had acquired a ten-year license for the North American rights to the entire list of James Bond books by Ian Fleming in print and e-book. Along with the iconic series, Fleming's two works of non-fiction, consisting of a collection of travel writings called Thrilling Cities (1963), and his 1957 expose of the illegal precious stones trade The Diamond Smugglers, were also included in the agreement. The titles were all reissued by Amazon Publishing's Thomas & Mercer imprint on October 16, 2012; with the two non-fiction titles following on March 26, 2013. The new series featured stark black-and-white avant-garde covers designed by Archie Ferguson, with only the title and ‘007’ logo picked out in red. On May 21, 2013 Thomas & Mercer issued The James Bond Collection a paperback anthology containing CASINO ROYALE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and DR. NO.

In a similar deal the Random House Group reported the James Bond backlist was returning to its publishing roots in the UK, with Vintage Books (the sister imprint of Jonathan Cape, the original publisher of Ian Fleming's novels in hardback) acquiring a ten-year license for exclusive rights to the novels in the English language with the exception of North America.

US Paperbacks – James Bond continuation novels 2009 to date

DEVIL MAY CARE Vintage Books CARTE BLANCHE Pocket Star Books SOLO Harper Paperbacks

TRIGGER MORTIS Harper Paperbacks

DEVIL MAY CARE
Sebastian Faulks
writing as Ian Fleming
Vintage Books
May 2009
Cover designed by
Henry Steadman

CARTE BLANCHE
By Jeffery Deaver
Pocket Star Books
November 2011
Cover designed by
Jackie Seow
SOLO
By William Boyd
Harper Paperbacks
June 2014
Cover designed by
Milan Bozic

TRIGGER MORTIS
By Anthony Horowitz
Harper Paperbacks
September 2016
Cover designed by
Patrick Leger

FOREVER AND A DAY Harper Paperbacks

FOREVER AND A DAY
By Anthony Horowitz
Harper Paperbacks
November 2019
Cover designed by
James Iacobelli

     

PULP FICTION - The publishing history of the James Bond novels in the USA 1955-1981


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