The big screen blockbuster of Casino Royale sees 007 new boy Daniel Craig gambling at the French Riviera's baccarat tables, but you would need to truly break the bank to afford an original first edition of many of Ian Fleming's James Bond books. He wrote 13 James Bond novels, starting with Casino Royale and ending with Octopussy and the Living Daylights, and all first editions are highly desirable and quite elusive, much like 007 himself.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Published in 1953, this Jonathan Cape British edition is the true first. Less than 5,000 copies of Fleming's first James Bond novel were printed, with less than half going for commercial sale, and most are now in the hands of collectors. At a glamorous French casino, expert baccarat player Bond is on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called Le Chiffre, with the help of his beautiful assistant Vesper Lynd.

First Edition, First Impression. 8vo. Original black boards, titles to spine and red heart to upper board in red. With the dustjacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by The Chelsea Bindery. Traces of a very small bookseller's label removed from the front pastedown, but otherwise an immaculate copy in very fresh dustjacket minutely tanned in the lower white portion. £18000

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Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

The second James Bond novel, published in 1954. Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and threat. After tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced.

First edition, first issue (without the two line credit on the front flap). 8vo. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, gilt vignette stamped on front cover. Original dust jacket printed in magenta, with price to rear flap intact, price to front flap clipped, orange and black, edges of rear cover and flaps slightly browned, slight crease to upper edge, minute rubbing to head of spine and tips. An excellent example of the second James Bond title. £9475

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From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

Fleming's fifth Bond book is widely considered the best novel in the series, and the best of the Bond films. In the book, Russia's lethal SMERSH organization has targeted 007 for elimination. SMERSH has the perfect bait in the irresistible Tatiana Romanova, who lures Bond to Istanbul promising the top-secret Spektor cipher machine. But when he walks willingly into the trap, a game of cross and double-cross ensues.

NF/VG+; First Edition; First Printing. Binding is Hard Cover. A handsome, bright First Print copy of the First Edition in Very Near Fine condition in Very Good+ dust-jacket, little rubbing and chipping of dustjacket, showing original price of 13s 6d. A fine collectible. £4229

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Dr. No

Dr. No

The first Bond book to make it to the big screen, Dr. No was published in 1958 and was the sixth book in the series. Bond travels to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of Strangeways. The tropical island is luxurious, the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No, whose specialty is torture and obsession is power. The doctor is a worthy adversary for 007, with a mind as hard and cold as his solid steel hands.

Jonathan Cape, London, 1958, 1958. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's black cloth. Silver titles to spine. 'Dancing Lady' design on cloth. Near fine in like wrapper. An attractive copy. £1350

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Goldfinger

Goldfinger

In Fleming's seventh Bond novel, published in 1959, readers are introduced to Auric Goldfinger: cruel, clever, frustratingly careful. The sort of man James Bond hates. So it's fortunate that Bond is the man charged to discover what this, the richest man in the country, intends to do with his ill-gotten gains - and what his connection is with SMERSH. But once inside this deadly criminal's organization, 007 finds that Goldfinger's schemes are more grandiose - and lethel - than anyone could have imagined.

First edition, a superb copy. Octavo, original black cloth with blind-stamped skull and gilt coin eyes, original dust jacket. In colorful dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping. Book fine; exceptionally clean, bright dust jacket just about fine. Rare in this condition. £1099

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The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me

The tenth Bond book, The Spy Who Loved Me was published in 1962 and was told from the point of view of a Canadian woman named Vivienne Michel. James Bond does not appear until the second half of the book, when he arrives at the cheap motel that she is running in the Adirondacks. Fleming was not happy with the novel, and requested that only the title - and not the plot - be incorporated into a film. Released in 1977, this original Bond film spun the first 007 novelisation, James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me, by Christopher Wood.

First edition. Original black cloth with silver dagger vignette to upper cover in pictorial Chopping dustwrapper. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed to Evelyn Irons on the front end paper, "To Evelyn from Ian." A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Evelyn Irons, a well bred Scottish girl who famously refused to wear make up whilst working as a fashion correspondent, knew Fleming as a colleague at the Sunday Times. £9350

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You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

Recommended by Stephen at Biblion, London, UK

You Only Live Twice was the twelfth Bond novel to be written by Ian Fleming and the last to be published in his lifetime. It was also the last to feature Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his criminal organisation SPECTRE. The film adaptation was done by Roald Dahl and it was the first Bond film not to stick faithfully to the text, and was meant to be the last one to star Sean Connery.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1964. 1st ed., first printing, second state, with the wording 'First published March 1964' replacing the earlier 'First Published 1964' on the title-page verso. Former owner's name to the head of the front free endpaper, otherwise a clean bright copy in a bright unclipped dustwrapper with just the faintest hint of wear to the spine extremities. £144

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Octopussy and the Living Daylights

Octopussy and the Living Daylights

Whether it is tracking down a wayward major who has taken a deadly secret with him to the Caribbean or identifying a top Russian agent secretly bidding for a Fabergé egg in a Sotheby’s auction room, Bond always closes the case - with extreme prejudice. This collection of 007 stories was published posthumously in 1966.

Fine in Fine dust jacket; A most unique copy of the First Edition in Fine condition in a Fine, bright dust-jacket with 16s label pasted over original printed price of 10s 6d. Signed and inscribed by James Bond actor Roger Moore on the front end paper "Roger Moore, ex. 007. I could have written Sean Connery." $2175

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