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007 MAGAZINE's collectors' guide to
James Bond & PLAYBOY
WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY KEVIN HARPER

PLAYBOY November 1965 Beth Hyatt photographed by Pompeo Posar

James Bond's long association with the American magazine PLAYBOY began in March 1960, with the publication of Ian Fleming's short story THE HILDEBRAND RARITY, a month ahead of its UK hardback release as part of the FOR YOUR EYES ONLY anthology. The author's subsequent novels were serialised in monthy installments to coincide with their UK hardback release. Fleming's final short story OCTOPUSSY was published in two parts prior to its June 1966 release in the UK.

PLAYBOY later featured exclusive pictorial spreads devoted to the Bond girls around the release of each new film. This tradition started in the November 1965 issue which had an iconic cover by celebrated Italian photographer Pompeo Posar (1921-2004). This issue tied in with the release of Thunderball in December 1965 and included a lengthy and candid interview with Sean Connery, and a 14-page pictorial essay "James Bond's Girls" by screenwriter Richard Maibaum, featuring many of the girls from the first four films in the series in various states of undress. Both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have been the subject of PLAYBOY's in-depth interviews, and in recent years the magazine has celebrated the various James Bond anniversaries with a look back at their coverage from the past six decades.

The serialised versions of Ian Fleming's short stories and novels published in PLAYBOY were accompanied by superbly detailed illustrations by some of America's most celebrated commercial artists. The tradition continued with the publication of five of continuation author Raymond Benson's James Bond short stories and novels starting in the late 1990s.

Ian Fleming and PLAYBOY - Essential issues (1960-1966)

PLAYBOY March 1960

PLAYBOY April 1963

PLAYBOY May 1963

PLAYBOY June 1963

March 1960

April 1963

May 1963

June 1963

THE HILDEBRAND RARITY

ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE Part 1

ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE Part 2

ON HER MAJESTY'S
SECRET SERVICE Part 3

PLAYBOY January 1964

PLAYBOY April 1964 PLAYBOY May 1964

PLAYBOY June 1964

January 1964 April 1964 May 1964 June 1964
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Part 1 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Part 2 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Part 3
PLAYBOY December 1964 PLAYBOY April 1965 PLAYBOY May 1965 PLAYBOY June 1965
December 1964 April 1965 May 1965 June 1965
PLAYBOY Interview:
Ian Fleming
THE MAN WITH THE
GOLDEN GUN Part 1
THE MAN WITH THE
GOLDEN GUN Part 2
THE MAN WITH THE
GOLDEN GUN Part 3
PLAYBOY July 1965 PLAYBOY November 1965 PLAYBOY March 1966

PLAYBOY April 1966

July 1965 November 1965 March 1966 April 1966
THE MAN WITH THE
GOLDEN GUN Part 4
The Girls of James Bond
PLAYBOY Interview:
Sean Connery
OCTOPUSSY Part 1 OCTOPUSSY Part 2
 

Every James Bond related issue of PLAYBOY (1967-2012)

PLAYBOY July 1979 Denise Gauthier photographed by Richard Fegley.

PLAYBOY February 1967

PLAYBOY June 1967 PLAYBOY February 1969

PLAYBOY December 1971

February 1967 June 1967 February 1969 December 1971
The Girls of Casino Royale
with text by Woody Allen
 
The Oriental Beauties of
You Only Live Twice
with text by Roald Dahl
This issue features in a key scene in On Her Majesty's
Secret Service
(1969)
[no Bond content inside]
Vegas comes up 007
Diamonds Are Forever pictorial
PLAYBOY July 1973 PLAYBOY June 1977 PLAYBOY July 1979

PLAYBOY June 1981

July 1973 June 1977 July 1979 June 1981
Bond gets Sainted!
Roger Moore as 007
in Live And Let Die
Bonded Barbara
Barbara Bach pictorial
The Girls of James Bond Exclusive uncoverage from 007's spectacular new thriller Moonraker The eye-popping girls
of the new James Bond film
For Your Eyes Only pictorial

PLAYBOY July 1983

PLAYBOY July 1985 PLAYBOY September 1987

PLAYBOY August 1989

July 1983 July 1985 September 1987 August 1989
Saving Bond's Women
A loving look at some of 007's sultriest co-stars
Amazing Grace
Grace Jones pictorial
The Women of 007
Celebrating three decades of James Bond in PLAYBOY
Licence to Thrill - Playmate Diana Lee takes the titles in the latest James Bond film

PLAYBOY January 1997

PLAYBOY April 1997 PLAYBOY May 1997

PLAYBOY February 1998

January 1997 April 1997 May 1997 February 1998
BLAST FROM THE PAST
by Raymond Benson
ZERO MINUS TEN part 1
by Raymond Benson
ZERO MINUS TEN part 2
by Raymond Benson
Bond's Little Black Book essay
Daphne Deckers pictorial

PLAYBOY July 1998

PLAYBOY January 1999 PLAYBOY June 2000

PLAYBOY December 2005

July 1998 January 1999 June 2000 December 2005
THE FACTS OF DEATH
by Raymond Benson
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DOOM
by Raymond Benson
DOUBLESHOT
by Raymond Benson
The James Bond Files essay
PLAYBOY Interview:
Pierce Brosnan

PLAYBOY December 2006

PLAYBOY November 2008 PLAYBOY August 2011

PLAYBOY November 2012

December 2006 November 2008 August 2011 November 2012
James Bond's desk - two-page photo montage PLAYBOY Interview:
Daniel Craig
Facts. Bond Facts / Bond Girls
GOLDENEYE
A sojourn at Ian Fleming's Jamaican beach estate
BEING BOND
PLAYBOY's guide to
living the life of 007

George Lazenby as James Bond looks inside the February 1969 issue of PLAYBOY in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Take a look inside PLAYBOY magazine!

Look inside many of the above issues of PLAYBOY and see the stylish artwork that accompanied the serialisations of the James Bond novels and short stories by Ian Fleming, and continuation author Raymond Benson. Also a peek at the pictorials* that promoted the release of each new Bond film.

[*no nudity]


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