In light of the recent Bond at 50 celebrations it is worth remembering that last year was the secret agent’s cinematic half century. This year he celebrates his 60th birthday on the printed page.
Ian Fleming published the first of his fourteen Bond books, Casino Royale, on 13 April 1953.
The final two books, The Man with the Golden Gun (1964) and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1965), were published after Fleming’s death.
During his lifetime Fleming sold thirty million books. More than double that number were sold in the two years following his death.
Eon Productions, who secured the film rights to the Bond books, have so far grossed over $5 billion from the film series, making them second only to Harry Potter at the box office, with no sign of any imminent decline.
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US-based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films, as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK-based production company that makes the James Bond films.
Following the death of legendary Bond producer, Albert R. Broccoli on 27 June 1996, his step-son Michael G Wilson and daughter Barbara Broccoli picked up his mantle and have continued to produce the films, including some of the most successful Bond films ever, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
In 2012 the company celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Bond films, which started with Dr No in 1962. The latest Bond film, Skyfall, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim, breaking box office records around the world.
Ian Fleming bibliography
- Casino Royale (1953)
- Live and Let Die (1954)
- Moonraker (1955)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
- From Russia, with Love (1957)
- The Diamond Smugglers (1957)*
- Dr. No (1958)
- Goldfinger (1959)
- For Your Eyes Only (1960)
- Thunderball (1961)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)
- Thrilling Cities (1963)*
- You Only Live Twice (1964)
- Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964)*
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
- Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)
* Three non-James Bond titles.