Monday, October 24, 2011

Guinness Book of World Records names JOHN GARDNER "most prolific Bond author"

Here's a nice treat for us John Gardner fans. The 2012 Guinness Book of World Records has recognized John as the "most prolific Bond author." The entry can be found under the book's "Mythconceptions" section, pointing out that Gardner produced 14 Bond novels and two screenplay adaptations as opposed to creator Ian Fleming's 12 novels and two short story collections.

The news actually came as a surprise to John's son, Simon Gardner, who posted on the CBn forums, "Had to smile today when I discovered my late much loved father has been included in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book Of World Records. Way To Go Dad, Bloody Marvelous. Wish you were alive to see this."

This honor comes on the heels of the reprinting of all of John Gardner's James Bond books in the U.S. and UK (check out Gardner Renewed). What a year it's been for JEG!

Thanks to Brian Smith at Bond and Beyond for sharing this discovery, and to Simon Gardner for the link.


  1. While Gardner has written more Bond prose stories than anyone else, I'd argue that he isn't "the most prolific Bond author."

    American born writer Jim Lawrence wrote 35 Bond stories over a period of 17 years for the Daily Express James Bond newspaper strip.

    Alan J. Porter
    JAMES BOND: A History of the Illustrated 007.

  2. I was actually thinking the same thing, Alan. :)

    But I think Guinness is careful to say number of "novels."

  3. Gardner is to Fleming what Moore is to Connery. Both a bit different but no less great!

  4. Well done and congratulations to John Gardner! Simon Gardner must obviously be very proud of his father.


  5. Laughable. So what?

    Quantity (I prefer to say Quantum) is never as important as Quality.

  6. no im afraid to say moore is just crap


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