From 1953 to the present
day, dozens of novels and a number of short stories
have been published chronicling the adventures of British
secret agent James Bond, often referred to by his code
name, 007. The character was created by Ian
Fleming (pictured opposite), first
appearing in his debut novel Casino
Following Fleming's death in 1964 and the posthumous publication
of some remnant works by him over the next few years, others
were commissioned to write continuation novels. These post-Fleming
novels were issued sporadically in the late 1960s and '70s,
then regularly between 1981 and 2002 by John
Raymond Benson, after which
the series was put on hiatus.
Two spinoff series
of books, Young Bond and The
Moneypenny Diaries, were published after
this point, but in the spring of 2008 the original James
Bond novel series returned with the publication of a
new work by Sebastian Faulks.
Jeffery Deaver will be the latest continuation authour,
with a new novel 'Project X' set in modern times scheduled
for release in May 2011.