Raymond Benson's official site today announced that
he may no longer write any more original Bond literary
Raymond Benson Breaks From Bonding
18th February 2003
Raymond Benson's official website today published a statement
that ends months of rumours about the future of the literary 007.
Benson, who has written six original Bond adventures and three
film novelisations since he took over the mantel of official Bond
author from John Gardner in 1996, released a statement on his
While nothing is set
in stone, Raymond is taking a break from James Bond. There are
a number of reasons for this, but mainly they are-- a) After six
original novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories,
Raymond feels the need to do some things of his own. In fact,
he was working throughout the latter half of 2002 on an original
novel of suspense which he has just delivered to his agent. b)
The new Board of Directors of the Ian Fleming literary estate
(formerly Glidrose, now Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.) want to
concentrate on promoting the original Fleming books during the
50th anniversary year (hence the terrific Penguin reissues in
both the UK and US). Whether or not they decide to commission
more continuation Bond novels by other authors in the future is
completely up in the air.
Bond novels had previously been published by Gildrose Publications.
Peter Janson-Smith stepped down after 25 years at the helm in
2001, and the company is now wholly owned by the Fleming family
and has been renamed to "Ian Fleming Publications Ltd".
Sales of new Bond novels have slumped into the tens of thousands
in recent years, and Benson's last novel "The Man With The
Red Tattoo" was released with very little publicity.
The future of the literary Bond has been thrust into uncertainty.
With Benson stepping down from writing any new novels, and "Ian
Fleming Publications Ltd" focussing on re-releasing the original
Fleming titles, it is uncertain if any new Bond stories will be
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Raymond Benson Works
1997 - Zero Minus Ten
1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies (Novelisation)
1998 - The Facts of Death
1999 - High Time to Kill
1999 - The World is Not Enough (Novelisation)
2000 - Doubleshot
2001 - Never Dream of Dying
2002 - The Man with the Red Tattoo
2002 - Die Another Day (Novelisation)