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The covers presented on this page are displayed in the order they were first published in the UK and USA, which in the case of the UK paperbacks was not the original release order of Ian Fleming's novels.

COLLECTING 007 Ian Fleming's James Bond novels in paperback
WRITTEN & COMPILED BY KEVIN HARPER

Collecting the James Bond novels in paperback is a cheaper option than trying to acquire a full set of hardback first editions. However, as the early titles in the series were printed in much smaller numbers than the later 1960s editions, these can still command a high price on the second-hand market. In the UK all of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels were first published in paperback by PAN Books. Pictured below are the twelve novels and two short story collections published by PAN Books between 1955 and 1967. It should be noted that the first printings of both ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE were originally for export only, and it was not until a year later that they were widely available in the UK. The first printings of these two novels are therefore technically the true first editions. The export edition for ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was slightly different to the later UK version having its title in blue and a darker overall cover. A first edition was also printed specifically for the Canadian market and issued in September 1964 and its cover has the price of 60c printed in the bottom left-hand corner. The first three export copies were printed in significantly smaller quantities than the UK edition and therefore much harder to find. The export edition cover for YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE was laminated and darker overall to its UK counterpart. The 2nd printing was much paler and the title now appeared orange rather than the deeper red of the export version.

First Edition UK Paperbacks

CASINO ROYALE Cover art by Roger Hall

MOONRAKER Cover art by Josh Kirby

LIVE AND LET DIE Cover art by Rex Archer

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Cover art by Rex Archer

CASINO ROYALE
PAN-BOOKS 334
18th April 1955
1st edition
Cover art by Roger Hall

MOONRAKER
PAN-BOOKS 392
15th October 1956
1st edition
Cover art by Josh Kirby

LIVE AND LET DIE
GREAT PAN GP83
18th October 1957
1st edition
Cover art by Rex Archer

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
GREAT PAN G101
February 1958
1st edition
Cover art by Rex Archer

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE Cover art by Sam Peffer

DR. NO Cover art by Sam Peffer

GOLDFINGER Cover art by Pat Owen

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Cover art by J. Oval (Benjamin Ostrick)

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
GREAT PAN G229
10th April 1959
1st edition
Cover art by Sam Peffer

DR. NO
GREAT PAN G335
February 1960
1st edition
Cover art by Sam Peffer

GOLDFINGER
GREAT PAN G455
12th May 1961
1st edition
Cover art by Pat Owen

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
GREAT PAN G551
May 1962
1st edition
Cover art by J. Oval
[Pseudonym of Ben Ostrick]

THUNDERBALL Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

THUNDERBALL
PAN BOOKS X201
May 1963
1st edition
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey
ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE
PAN BOOKS X350
September 1964 [Export only]
1st edition
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey
ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE
PAN BOOKS X350
5th May 1965 [UK 1st Edition]
4th printing
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
PAN BOOKS X434
July 1965 [Export only]
1st edition
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Cover design by Raymond Hawkey THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

OCTOPUSSY Cover design by Raymond Hawkey

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
PAN BOOKS X434
6th May 1966 [UK 1st edition]
2nd printing
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey
THE MAN WITH
THE GOLDEN GUN
PAN BOOKS X527
July 1966
1st edition
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
PAN BOOKS X653
May 1967
1st edition
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey
OCTOPUSSY
PAN BOOKS X668
July 1967
1st edition
Cover designed by
Raymond Hawkey

Read more about the publishing history of the James Bond paperbacks in the UK,
including an exclusive five-part article on those issued by PAN Books 1955-1977

 

First Edition US Paperbacks

The American publishing rights to the James Bond novels were originally held by different companies, and it was not until 2002 when Penguin Books reissued the series in paperback that collectors could own the complete series with uniform covers. Often censored for their US release, Ian Fleming's novels did not initially sell in large numbers, but with an endorsement from none other than the American President, and the release of the early films starring Sean Connery, the author eventually achieved the huge success which endures to this day. The paperbacks of Ian Fleming's first four James Bond novels were published by two different companies with CASINO ROYALE and MOONRAKER re-titled for American audiences. It was not until 1961 when the New American Library (Ian Fleming's American hardback publisher) acquired the paperback rights to the early novels that they were issued with uniform covers. Ian Fleming's controversial 1962 novel THE SPY WHO LOVED ME was published in paperback in the USA by the New American Library under their Signet imprint, but it was not until three years after the author's death that the title was available in the UK. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE were published in the USA at the same time PAN Books issued their export editions, but it would be another year until paperbacks were widely available in the UK.

You Asked For It (CASINO ROYALE) Popular Library paperback

LIVE AND LET DIE Perma Books Paperback

Too Hot To Handle (MOONRAKER) Perma Books Paperback

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Perma Books Paperback

CASINO ROYALE
Popular Library Books No. 660
April 1955
Published as You Asked For It

LIVE AND LET DIE
Perma Books M-3048
June 1956
Cover art by James Meese

MOONRAKER
Perma Books M-3070
December 1956
 Cover art by Lou Marchetti
Published as Too Hot To Handle

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Perma Books M-3084
November 1957
Cover art by William Rose

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE Signet Paperback

DOCTOR NO Signet Paperback

GOLDFINGER Signet Paperback

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Signet Paperback

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE
Signet Books S1563
September 1958
Cover art by Barye Phillips

DOCTOR NO
Signet Books S1670
June 1959
Cover art by Barye Phillips

GOLDFINGER
Signet Books S1822
June 1960
Cover art by Barye Phillips

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Signet Books S1948
June 1961
Cover art by Barye Phillips

THUNDERBALL Signet Paperback

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Signet Paperback

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE Signet Paperback

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Signet Paperback

THUNDERBALL
Signet Books D2126
May 1962
Cover art by Barye Phillips

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
Signet Books D2280
May 1963
Cover art by Barye Phillips

ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE
Signet Books D2509
August 1964
Cover design by Paul Bacon

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Signet Books P2712
22nd July 1965
Cover design by Paul Bacon

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Signet Paperback

OCTOPUSSY Signet Paperback

THE MAN WITH
THE GOLDEN GUN
Signet Books P2735
July 1966
Cover art by Barye Phillips
OCTOPUSSY
Signet Books P3200
July 1967
Cover photograph by Dan Wynn

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FACT FILES - James Bond UK Paperbacks