My Top 10 Post-Fleming James Bond Novels

I have now read every post-Fleming James Bond story, including the Young Bond and Moneypenny spinoffs. Here are my top 10 – the “MUST READ” selections from these works.

  1. James Bond: The Authorised Biography – John Pearson – The premise: James Bond was a real man who knew Ian Fleming. The author, John Pearson, stumbles upon this fact and is eventually permitted to write a biography of Bond as follow-up to his Fleming biography. Bond is in his early fifties and weighing his next move: to resign from the Service or continue on. Not only do familiar faces pop up, but during the interviews of Bond for the book, 007 recounts his entire life story. It reads like a greatest hits with deleted scenes and very perfectly weaves the tapestry between the stories all the while adding brand new stories in-between. Bond’s early days, his relationship with his parents, his multiple meetings with Fleming, his first two kills, his first meeting with M, the friends, foes and females, and everything that happens in-between what we’ve read before is all included. The new stories Pearson has created display the capture and climax scenes and add even more depth to the character and his relationships with others. It progresses and ends perfectly.
  2. Final Fling (The Moneypenny Diaries) – Samantha Weinberg – From the vantage point of Moneypenny, senior members of MI6 including M, Tanner, Bond and Moneypenny grapple with the prospect of a mole who has caused the SIS a great deal of harm – it gives us stories from the mid-60’s, the late 80’s/early 90’s, and the 21st century involving our heroes
  3. Guardian Angel (The Moneypenny Diaries) – Samantha Weinberg – Moneypenny’s diaries posthumously arrive at the doorstep of her niece, who grapples with their publication while diving into her aunt’s retelling of the events after “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (Fleming’s best), during “You Only Live Twice,” and afterward, leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis
  4. High Time to Kill – Raymond Benson – Benson’s best features golf, a rival from Bond’s past and one of the greatest physical tests of 007: mountain climbing to 8,000 meters/ 30,000 feet. The plot has dire and important consequences for Britain. Our new M played by Dame Judi Dench is in full effect. The year is 1999 and yet we ignore the fact James Bond is 70+ years old; the ambiguity of his age is glorious, for Bond is timeless.
  5. Icebreaker – John Gardner – James Bond (the 00-program is no longer functional) finds himself called in to investigate a Nazi resurgence in 1983 alongside an American, Israeli and Russian. Nothing is as it seems, as no one is who one believes them to be, double-crossing and surprises occur right up until the final pages, and much of this novel feels genuine to the Fleming legacy.
  6. Nobody Lives Forever – John Gardner – Gardner tackles the seemingly obvious question – Why has no one ever just killed James Bond? He has annihilated countless threats. Even been the outright target of SMERSH in “From Russia With Love.” “Nobody Lives Forever” gamifies it. I will not get into spoilers, but suffice it to say that Bond is a specific target in this book and he weaves his away across the globe not only trying to avoid death, but keeping safe two people he cares for.
  7. Trigger Mortis – Anthony Horowitz – The direct sequel to “Goldfinger”- It begins with Bond fresh off the Fort Knox Goldfinger takedown, “hosting” Ms. Galore in his Chelsea flat. He’s quickly called back into duty; Ms. Galore gets a very interesting and fitting plotline here. Bond is also taken into the world of Grand Prix, which is exciting and important because it utilizes actual writing and dialogue penned by Ian Fleming for “Murder on Wheels” – a TV pilot.
  8. Forever and a Day – Anthony Horowitz – The direct prequel to “Casino Royale,” “Forever and a Day” picks up with the story of James Bond after his first kill – of a Japanese cipher clerk – and just prior to his second: the infamous one that garners his “Double-O” status. He is officially licenced to kill and promoted during the events of this story, has his first official meeting with M (Sir Miles Messervy) and receives orders that take him on a globetrotting mission to investigate a film magnate and a mob boss. On the way, he encounters a mysterious woman… and he ultimately picks up many of his signature tastes that will follow him in adventures to come: brand of cigarettes, penchant for a specific type of vodka martini, among others.
  9. SilverFin (Young Bond) – Charlie Higson – “SilverFin” is perfect in introducing us to the boy who would be 007; not only is it the teenage James Bond’s first steps into Eton and a “case” with some real implications, but it is rich in Bond lore from his parents, his aunt, cars, other supporting characters, and traits – physical and character – that we always attribute to Bond.
  10. By Royal Command (Young Bond) – Charlie Higson – We’ve always known Bond’s departure from Eton centered around an alleged problem with a boys’ maid, and this is that tale. Furthermore, his ski instructor (from the book “Octopussy” and film “SPECTRE”) Hannes Oberhauser makes an appearance. And James Bond comes into contact with a larger world where he will one day play a significant part. “By Royal Command” brilliantly weaves young James Bond through matters of extreme importance toward a destiny we all know he will have, blending in characters from Fleming’s stories and the earlier Young Bond stories alike.

About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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