June 23, 1966 in literature: Octopussy and The Living Daylights

06-23-1966-Octopussy-1st_EdOctopussy and The Living Daylights (sometimes published as Octopussy) is the fourteenth and final James Bond book written by Ian Fleming in the Bond series. The book is a collection of short stories published posthumously in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape on 23 June 1966.

The book originally contained just two stories, “Octopussy” and “The Living Daylights”, with subsequent editions also carrying firstly “The Property of a Lady” and then “007 in New York”. The stories were first published in different publications, with “Octopussy” first serialised in the Daily Express in October 1965. “The Living Daylights” had first appeared in The Sunday Times on 4 February 1962; “The Property of a Lady” was published in November 1963 in a Sotheby’s publication, The Ivory Hammer, whilst “007 in New York” first appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in October 1963.

The two original stories, “Octopussy” and “The Living Daylights”, were both adapted for publication in comic strip format in the Daily Express in 1966–1967. Elements from the stories have also been used in the Eon Productions Bond films. The first, Octopussy, starring Roger Moore as James Bond, was released in 1983 as the thirteenth film in the series and provided the back story for the film Octopussy’s family, while “The Property of a Lady” was more closely adapted for an auction sequence in the film. The Living Daylights, released in 1987, was the fifteenth Bond film produced by Eon and starred Timothy Dalton in his first appearance as Bond. [Wikipedia]

April 11, 1960: For Your Eyes Only

04-11-1960-For_Your_Eyes_Only-1st_EdFor Your Eyes Only is a collection of short stories by the British author Ian Fleming, featuring the fictional British Secret Service agent Commander James Bond. It was first published by Jonathan Cape on 11 April 1960. It marked a change of format for Fleming, who had previously written James Bond stories only as full-length novels.

The collection contains five short stories: “From a View to a Kill“, “For Your Eyes Only”, “Quantum of Solace“, “Risico” and “The Hildebrand Rarity”. Four of the stories were adaptations of plots for a television series that was never filmed, while the fifth Fleming had written previously but not published. Fleming undertook some minor experiments with the format, including a story written as an homage to W. Somerset Maugham, an author he greatly admired.

Elements from the stories have been used in a number of the Eon Productions James Bond film series, including the 1981 film, For Your Eyes Only, starring Roger Moore as James Bond. The film used some elements and characters from the short stories “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico”. “From a View to a Kill” also gave part of its title (but no characters or plot elements) to the fourteenth Bond film, A View to a Kill (1985). Plot elements from “The Hildebrand Rarity” were used in the sixteenth Bond film, Licence to Kill (1989), and the twenty-fourth Bond film Spectre references the title. “Quantum of Solace” was used as the title for the twenty-second Bond film. [Wikipedia]

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Today in James Bond

04-01-1963-On_Her_Majesty's_Secret_Service-First_Edition1963: Ian Fleming‘s 10th James Bond novel, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” [http://www.ianfleming.com/products/majestys-secret-service/profile/] is published.  Fleming wrote the book in Jamaica whilst the first film in the Eon Productions series of films, Dr. No, was being filmed nearby.  This was the second book in what is known as the “Blofeld trilogy”, which begins with Thunderball and concluded with You Only Live Twice.

1965: The 12th novel (and 13th book) of Ian Fleming‘s James Bond series “The Man With The 04-01-1965-The_Man_With_The_Golden_Gun-First_Edition
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” [http://www.ianfleming.com/products/man-golden-gun/profile/] is published, eight months after the author’s death.  The novel was not as detailed or as polished as the others in the series, leading to poor but polite reviews. Despite that, the book was a best-seller.  In 1974 the book was loosely adapted as the ninth film in the Eon Productions James Bond series, with Roger Moore playing Bond and Fleming’s cousin, Christopher Lee, as Scaramanga.