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CORONET UK Paperbacks
James Bond novels by John Gardner

Coronet Books was established in 1966 as the paperback imprint of Hodder & Stoughton and became the third publisher of the James Bond novels in paperback in the UK. A new series of James Bond continuation novels were first published by Jonathan Cape starting in 1981 with John Gardner's LICENCE RENEWED, and a paperback edition in the following year from Coronet Books. John Gardner (1926-2007) went on to write another 15 James Bond novels including novelizations of the screenplays for Licence To Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995). Hodder & Stoughton took over the hardback publication rights starting with SCORPIUS in 1988, and Coronet continued to publish the paperback editions.

LICENCE RENEWED artwork

Originally published in 1982 the Coronet paperback of LICENCE RENEWED had a cover featuring the familiar trademarked 007 gun logo. EON Productions took exception to this and the book was recalled and reissued with an amended cover. Similarly, the first edition paperback of ICEBREAKER published in 1984 featured artwork of a skull, part of which had not been filled in correctly, giving the impression that it had fangs. Later editions corrected this error and the white area to the left and right of the teeth was filled in black.

The final two John Gardner original novels SEAFIRE and COLD were issued with covers illustrated by David Scutt. These titles now formed part of the series published by Coronet in the mid-1990s, which collected together all of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and several continuation stories (including COLONEL SUN) by John Gardner and Raymond Benson.

Covers illustrated below are the first UK editions unless otherwise noted.

LICENCE RENEWED
Published 1982
Recalled edition
LICENCE RENEWED
Published 1982
FOR SPECIAL SERVICES
Published 1982
ICEBREAKER
Published 1984

ICEBREAKER
Published 1984
Revised cover
ROLE OF HONOUR
Published 1985
NOBODY LIVES FOR EVER
Published 1987
NO DEALS MR. BOND
Published 1987

SCORPIUS
Published 1989
LICENCE TO KILL
Published 1989
Based on the screenplay by Michael G. Wilson &
Richard Maibaum
WIN, LOSE OR DIE
Published 1990
BROKENCLAW
Published 1991

THE MAN FROM BARBAROSSA
Published 1991
DEATH IS FOREVER
Published 1993
NEVER SEND FLOWERS
Published 1994
SEAFIRE
Published 1995
Cover illustration
by David Scutt

GOLDENEYE
Published 1996
Based on the screenplay by Michael France & Jeffrey Caine
COLD
Published 1996
Cover illustration
by David Scutt

CORONET UK Paperbacks
James Bond novels by Raymond Benson

In 1996, Raymond Benson was selected by Ian Fleming Publications to become the fourth author to write an official James Bond novel. Raymond Benson's first offering was BLAST FROM THE PAST, which was initially published in the January 1997 issue of PLAYBOY magazine in an edited version. This short story is a direct sequel to Ian Fleming's YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and featured Bond's son, James Suzuki (created by John Pearson in James Bond: The Authorized Biography - a fictional account of the life of James Bond published in 1973), who is murdered by Irma Bunt as revenge for Bond's killing of Blofeld. In 2008 the full-length version of BLAST FROM THE PAST was published in the United States by Pegasus Books in The Union Trilogy, which included three of Benson's later novels: HIGH TIME TO KILL (1999), DOUBLESHOT (2000) and NEVER DREAM OF DYING (2001). Benson's first full-length novel, ZERO MINUS TEN, was first published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton in April 1997, and later in paperback by Coronet. Both editions, and the next four novels in the series featured covers illustrated by David Scutt, whose artwork was used on both the hardback and paperback editions. Raymond Benson also adapted Bruce Feirstein's screenplay for Tomorrow Never Dies and his novelisation was published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton and paperback by Coronet. Benson's first four James Bond novels also had the same cover logo with 007 positioned on its side and linking the N and D of BOND. This logo featured on all the paperbacks in that series, which unified the works of Ian Fleming, Robert Markham (Kingsley Amis), John Gardner and Raymond Benson. David Scutt has therefore provided artwork for the covers of all four James Bond authors in this series.

ZERO MINUS TEN
Published 1997
Cover illustration
by David Scutt
TOMORROW NEVER DIES
Published 1997
Based on the screenplay
by Bruce Feirstein
THE FACTS OF DEATH
Published 1998
Cover illustration
by David Scutt
HIGH TIME TO KILL
Published 1999
 Cover illustration
by David Scutt

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Published 1999
Based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
DOUBLESHOT
Published 2000
Cover illustration
by David Scutt
NEVER DREAM OF DYING
Published 2001
Cover illustration
by Steve Stone
DIE ANOTHER DAY
Published 2002
Based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade

     
THE MAN WITH
THE RED TATTOO
Published 2003
     

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