Monday, July 10, 2017

The first JAMES BOND novelization turns 40

It was 40 years ago that the great James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me was released to theaters. Along with the film came the very first James Bond novelization. James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me (so titled to differentiate it from the Fleming novel) was penned by screenwriter Christopher Wood and is generally considered as the best of all the Bond novelizations. Some even compare it favorably to Fleming!

In the UK, James Bond , the Spy Who Loved Me was released in hardcover by the original Bond publisher Jonathan Cape, which make it seem all the more like a "legit" Bond novel.

UK hardcover.

The novelization also saw release in paperback in the U.S. and UK with covers more in line with what one expects from a movie novelization.

U.S. paperback

UK paperback


  1. A terrific read deserving a hardcover reprint. I sent IFP a message via their website encouraging just that. Perhaps if enough of us do...

    1. Agreed (and I said so in the COLONEL SUN thread)! There has never been a U.S. hardcover of either of the Wood titles...

  2. I would have thought that Thunderball was the first novelization. ;>)



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