James Bond-age: Literary Trivia Edition

Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

A s Novem­ber is James Bond month (not offi­cial­ly, only for me), I’ll be post­ing some Bond-relat­ed tid­bits for a while, all to cel­e­brate the impend­ing release of — no, not Spec­tre, but I under­stand why you’d think that — the new ChiZine Pub­li­ca­tions anthol­o­gy Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond (click here for infor­ma­tion on how to pur­chase your very own, not-avail­able-in-the-Unit­ed-States copy!).

Today, lit­er­ary triv­ia! You’ll be the hit of every social func­tion!


Ian Flem­ing named James Bond after an ornithol­o­gist because it was the ‘dullest name’ he’d ever heard.

All total, Ian Flem­ing wrote 14 James Bond books. He wrote one year until his death in 1964. Flem­ing com­posed every James Bond nov­el and short sto­ry on a gold-plat­ed type­writer while at his Jamaican estate, which he’d named “Gold­en­eye.”

You can actu­al­ly book at stay at Gold­en­eye. It ain’t cheap.

Accord­ing to the James Bond Wiki, since Ian Fleming’s death there have been 25 orig­i­nal James Bond nov­els writ­ten thus far by Ray­mond Ben­son (6), John Gard­ner (14), and one each by Kings­ley Amis, William Boyd, Antho­ny Horowitz, Jef­frey Deaver, and Sebas­t­ian Faulks.

In Fleming’s Dr No, Bond has a hand-to-hand fight with a giant squid. Real­ly. WHY WAS THIS NOT FILMED?

In Live and Let Die, Flem­ing wrote out all the dia­logue of his black char­ac­ters pho­net­i­cal­ly. I think we can all agree this was not the best idea.

Flem­ing orig­i­nal­ly sold the rights to Casi­no Royale to CBS for $1000. The result was the first-ever Bond adap­ta­tion, an episode of the tele­vi­sion series Cli­max!, with Bar­ry Nel­son play­ing the Amer­i­can (!) secret agent James (Jim­my) Bond.

John F. Kennedy once remarked that From Russ­ian With Love was one of his favourite nov­els. Sales in the U.S. explod­ed soon after­wards.

Flem­ing cre­at­ed his crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tions SPECTRE and SMERSH because of his fear that the Cold War would end and there’d be few­er vil­lains to choose from.

And one more choice tid­bit…

Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond is the first offi­cial pub­li­ca­tion of all-new James Bond sto­ries since Ian Fleming’s works passed into the pub­lic domain. Only in Cana­da, you say? Pity.


Licence Expired: The Unau­tho­rized James Bond (ChiZine 2015)

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