Movie Tie-ins

This page displays the UK tie-in covers of the novels released when a new Bond movie was in the cinema. Some are original Fleming books reprinted and featuring new cover art. For example the first ten movies (from Dr No to The Man With the Golden Gun and including the non-series version of Casino Royale) got Pan paperback reprints with movie covers.

Later books were written by other authors after the movies deviated too far from the source material, such as Christopher Wood’s James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me and James bond and Moonraker.

In 1981 Granada books printed a tie-in edition of For Your Eyes Only, not with the movie poster but with original art that depicted Bond as looking a lot like Roger Moore. In 1983 they did the same for Octopussy, however this time Bond didn’t look like any of the actors who played him.

To the best of my knowledge A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights did not get a tie-in, probably because both titles were based on short stories contained in collections with different names.

1962 to 1974 The Pan paperbacks

Each of the first nine movies (ten if you count the 1967 version of Casino Royale) had a movie tie-in cover on an existing Ian Fleming Bond novel.

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1977 to 1983 – The Granada paperbacks

By the mid-70s the UK publisher of the books was now Granada. The publishers clearly decided that sticking a movie cover on the existing book of The Spy Who Lived Me would no be appropriate and instead got the screenwriter Christopher Wood to adapt his own story in the style of Fleming titled James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me. the repeated this in 1979 with another new novel James Bond And Moonraker.

With 1981’s For Your Eyes Only returning to the Fleming source material Granada took the interesting decision to put their own movie-style cover on the short story collection book rather than use the actual movie poster. Note the very Roger Moore looking Bond in the illustration. They repeated this idea of using an original illustration with 1983’s Octopussy. I believe these are the only two Fleming books to get such illustrations in the Granada years.

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1985 to 1987 – The Years Without a Tie-in!

Sadly there were no tie-ins for A View to a Kill or The Living Daylights. I assume it was because both of those movies were not named after the title stories of the collections they appeared in.

1989 to 2002 – The Coronet Years

In 1989 John Gardner, who was the current continuation author, produced a novelisation of Licence to Kill. he returned to do the same for Goldeneye in 1995. the other three Brosnan movies had novels produced by the next continuation author Raymond Benson.

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2006 to 2008 – The Penguin Years

2006 saw the first Bond movie to be directly based on a Fleming novel in decades. Therefore current publisher Penguin were able to put out a tie-in edition of Casino Royale with the Daniel Craig poster design on the cover. Clearly they wanted to do another tie-in for Quantum of Solace, but decided not to get someone to write a novel of the screenplay. Instead they produced a complete short story collection of all nine stories from For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy. This appeared in both paperback and hardback editions. I have to say I quite like the simplicity of the paperback design.

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2012 – The Year Without a Tie-in!

There was no tie-in produced for Skyfall as it was not based on a Fleming story of that name.

2015 – The Vintage Year

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Titling the new movie Spectre gave the new publishers Vintage books the opportunity to put out a Spectre Trilogy book containing Thunderball, OHMSS and You Only Live Twice. Pity they didn’t use the Spectre poster art for the cover. I think the bullet-hole design would have worked very well.