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James Bond’s Legend Rescued: Original Ian Fleming Novels Reissued

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Posted on October 19, 2012 AT 02:34pm

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This week, Activision released 007 Legends, a James Bond game that has you shooting your way through scenes from five of his classic films: Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, License To Kill, Moonraker, and Die Another Day.

And it’s awful.

But don’t worry, Bondheads, we’ve got you covered.

This week, the new Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer reissued all of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond novels and stories. Available in paperback and on the Kindle, this fourteen book series runs from the original spy novel Casino Royale, which was originally published in 1953, on up through Fleming’s last, 1965’s The Man With The Golden Gun, while Octopussy And The Living Daylights collects four short Bond stories.

They even made a trailer for these reissues, which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mp-KLQ_kRE&feature=youtu.be

Besides Casino, Golden, and the Octopussy collection, the reissue series also includes the 1959’s Goldfinger, 1955’s Moonraker, 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which are the novels, obviously, that inspired three of the films in 007 Legends.

Though it should be noted that some of Fleming’s tales were dramatically altered in the transition from the page to the screen. For instance, while the 1973 movie Live And Let Die is based loosely on the 1954 novel of the same name, that book, and the 1960 short story “The Hildebrand Rarity” also inspired the 1989 movie License To Kill. Also, there was no Space Shuttle in Moonraker when that novel was published in 1955.

All of the Bond books retail for $14.95 each for the paperbacks and $7.00 for the Kindle versions.

Paul Semel, Contributor
Paul has been writing about movies, music, video games, books, TV, toys, celebrities, and other fun stuff since the early-’90s. A regular contributor to EGM since 2004, he's also written for Entertainment Weekly, Bikini, Maxim, Raygun, Walmart GameCenter, Rides, and Emmy, among others. Please follow him on Twitter at @paulsemel. Or don't. Whatever.

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