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Raymond Benson is the fourth official writer of the James Bond 007 novels. The first was the character's creator, Ian Fleming. Fleming wrote twelve novels and two collections of short stories that were published in the 1950s and early 60s. Kingsley Amis was next, writing one book under a pseudonym (Robert Markham). John Gardner took over the mantle and wrote fourteen novels and two film novelizations before Raymond was hired to continue the series. (Note: Christopher Wood wrote two film novelizations and John Pearson wrote a "fictional biography" of 007 in the 1970s, but these two writers are not usually considered official Bond authors since they didn't write original novels in the oeuvre.)

Raymond's tenure as Bond author began in early 1996 and ended at the beginning of 2003. At that time Raymond felt that after six original novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories, he needed to do some things of his own. At the same time, a new administration at Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. wanted to explore a different direction with the character (the "Young Bond" series young adult readers, written by Charlie Higson). For further information about the publishing activities of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., visit their website.


Novels

ZERO MINUS TEN (1997)
(also serialized in PLAYBOY, April and May 1997)

THE FACTS OF DEATH (1998)
(also serialized in PLAYBOY, July 1998)

HIGH TIME TO KILL (1999)

DOUBLESHOT (2000)
(also serialized in PLAYBOY, June 2000)

NEVER DREAM OF DYING (2001)

THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO (2002)

THE UNION TRILOGY (2008) (Anthology containing HIGH TIME TO KILL, DOUBLESHOT, NEVER DREAM OF DYING, and the short story BLAST FROM THE PAST)

CHOICE OF WEAPONS (2010) (Anthology containing ZERO MINUS TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO, and the short stories LIVE AT FIVE and MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DOOM)

Short Stories

BLAST FROM THE PAST (1997)
(first appeared in PLAYBOY, January 1997)

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DOOM (1999)
(first appeared in PLAYBOY, January 1999)

LIVE AT FIVE (1999)
(first appeared in TV GUIDE, November 13, 1999)

Film Novelizations

TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)
(based on the screenplay by Bruce Feirstein)

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)
(based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein)

DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
(based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade)

Non-Fiction

THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION (1984; updated 1988)

Computer Games

A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)

GOLDFINGER (1986)

Role-Playing Games

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE II-BACK OF BEYOND (1986)

Stage Play

CASINO ROYALE (1986) (unproduced)
(based on the novel by Ian Fleming)


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