Proper Sequence of Bond Novels

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Proper Sequence of Bond Novels

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mar 16, 2009, 5:04pm

Could anyone advise on the proper sequence of the Bond novels? I'm confused with it because the short stories "Property of a Lady", "The Living Daylights", "Octopussy" were published at different times.

Also, I understand that some of the writers who were authorized by Fleming's estate to write Bond novels have placed some stories in the 1960s, so if these books are also relevant to the question, I would appreciate knowing.

mar 16, 2009, 5:21pm

mar 16, 2009, 5:41pm

Yes, that list is easy to compile simply by checking the copyright dates, but I was referring to the sequence of the events in these stories. For example, "The Man with the Golden Gun" is sometimes referred to as the "last" Bond story, because Fleming died before completing it. Where, for example, does the story "Octopussy" stand within the sequences of events of Bond's life?

jun 23, 2009, 8:53am

hi toolroom, found this list which I think is what you were after on wikipedia (good ol' wiki'!). the link for it is below. it doesn't include post-fleming novels but it's a good start for getting all the action in the right order.

Sequential list
John Griswold's progressive chronology of James Bond's fictional career7:

1. Casino Royale (1953 novel)
2. Live and Let Die (1954 novel)
3. Moonraker (1955 novel)
4. Diamonds Are Forever (1956 novel)
5. From Russia with Love (1957 novel)
6. Dr. No (1958 novel)
7. Goldfinger (1959 novel)
8. 'Risico' (1960 short story)
9. 'Quantum of Solace' (1959 short story)
10. 'The Hildebrand Rarity' (1960 short story)
11. 'From a View to a Kill' (1960 short story)
12. 'For Your Eyes Only' (1960 short story)
13. Thunderball (1961 novel)
14. 'Octopussy' (1966 short story)
15. 'The Living Daylights' (1962 short story)
16. 'The Property of a Lady' (1963 short story)
17. Chapters 1–5 of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963 novel)
18. 'Agent 007 in New York' (1963 short story)
19. Chapters 10–15 of The Spy Who Loved Me8 (1962 novel)
20. Chapters 6–20 of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963 novel)
21. You Only Live Twice (1964 novel)
22. The Man With the Golden Gun (1965 novel)

jun 23, 2009, 8:55am

Thanks Yosarian - I was curious about this too.