John Gardner’s Bond Books

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John Gardner‘s Bond is the main character in a series of spy thriller novels written by an English author John Gardner. The author began the publication of John Gardner’s Bond series in 1981 when Licensed Renewed the first book in the series was published. The series lasted sixteen books concluding in 1996 when Cold Fall was published.

Order of James Bond Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Colonel Sun ( By: Kingsley Amis) 1968 Description / Buy
2 The Authorized Biography of 007 ( By: John George Pearson) 1973 Description / Buy
3 License Renewed ( By: John Gardner) 1981 Description / Buy
4 For Special Services ( By: John Gardner) 1982 Description / Buy
5 Icebreaker ( By: John Gardner) 1983 Description / Buy
6 Role of Honor ( By: John Gardner) 1984 Description / Buy
7 Nobody Lives Forever ( By: John Gardner) 1986 Description / Buy
8 No Deals, Mr. Bond ( By: John Gardner) 1987 Description / Buy
9 Scorpius ( By: John Gardner) 1988 Description / Buy
10 Licence to Kill ( By: John Gardner) 1989 Description / Buy
11 Win, Lose or Die ( By: John Gardner) 1989 Description / Buy
12 Brokenclaw ( By: John Gardner) 1990 Description / Buy
13 The Man from Barbarossa ( By: John Gardner) 1991 Description / Buy
14 Death Is Forever ( By: John Gardner) 1992 Description / Buy
15 Never Send Flowers ( By: John Gardner) 1993 Description / Buy
16 SeaFire ( By: John Gardner) 1994 Description / Buy
17 GoldenEye ( By: John Gardner) 1995 Description / Buy
18 Cold Fall ( By: John Gardner) 1996 Description / Buy
19 Zero Minus Ten ( By: Raymond Benson) 1997 Description / Buy
20 Tomorrow Never Dies ( By: Raymond Benson) 1997 Description / Buy
21 The Facts of Death ( By: Raymond Benson) 1998 Description / Buy
22 The World is Not Enough ( By: Raymond Benson) 1999 Description / Buy
23 High Time to Kill ( By: Raymond Benson) 1999 Description / Buy
24 Doubleshot ( By: Raymond Benson) 2000 Description / Buy
25 Never Dream of Dying ( By: Raymond Benson) 2001 Description / Buy
26 The Man With the Red Tattoo ( By: Raymond Benson) 2002 Description / Buy
27 Die Another Day ( By: Raymond Benson) 2002 Description / Buy
28 Devil May Care ( By: Sebastian Faulks) 2008 Description / Buy
29 Carte Blanche ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2011 Description / Buy
30 Solo ( By: William Boyd) 2013 Description / Buy
31 Trigger Mortis ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2015 Description / Buy
32 Forever and a Day ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2018 Description / Buy
33 With a Mind to Kill ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2022 Description / Buy
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These are two best books in John Gardner’s Bond series by John Gardner’s Bond, License Renewed, For Special Services and Icebreaker.

License Renewed: James Bond is one of the famous names in the entire universe. In the first book in the series, we are introduced to John Bond fighting to save the world from probably one of the most lethal antagonist yet, Dr. Anton Murik. The doctor is a nuclear physicist the inventor of what he calls “Murik Ultra Reactor.” The scientist claims that his reactor is not only capable of providing power, but it’s also capable of safely disposing of waste. Unfortunately, the scientist was mocked and for the design of the reactor and kicked out of the company.

After several years, the M16 discovered that the physicist was meeting with the world most wanted terrorist Franco. In response, John Bond is sent to look into the matter and is shocked when he discovers that Dr. Anton has world annihilation planned.

The main theme in the series debut book is never given up and plays a huge role in Bonds mentality as well. The characterization is brilliantly done; thanks to John Gardner’s skillful of the fascinating characters in the novel is Caber, an aggressive Scotsman working for Murik.

John Bond makes contact with the physicist where he fakes a coincidental meeting- informing Dr. Anton that he is a mercenary looking for work. Later Bond joins the scientist in at Murik’s request and is contracted to kill Franco for reasons unknown. Franco has in turn been instructed by Dr. Anton to kill Lavender Peacock his younger ward because she is the true heir to Anton’s fortune which could be proved by the secret documents Anton kept safe in his house.

Dr. Anton plans on hijacking some nuclear plants across the world with the help of Franco’s terrorist. And to ensure that Franco can never be associated with this deal, Anton hires Bond to kill Franco. What follows is a race to save the world from a nuclear meltdown that could see human beings wiped out from the face of the earth.

For Special Services: The second book in the series picks up from where the first book in the series, License Renewed left off.

Plane hijacking around the world has become popular such that the MI-6 teams up with the SAS to put an end to the hijackings. The story opens up with Bond placed as the lead man for one of the anti-hijacking teams. When the terrorists try to steal a shipment aboard, Bond and the operatives spring into fast-paced action and put an end to the aggressors. But before one of the hijackers dies, he mumbles a word that leaves everyone shocked.

Bonds all-time nemesis has raised from the ashes, and what’s more, a man named Blofeld is the man in charge. Bond is tasked with providing the answers to the puzzle. The primary focus of the story is finally answering the puzzling question “Who is Blofeld?” and overall this concept is handled very well. Blofeld is an evil mastermind and one of Bonds greatest rivals.

Icebreaker: In the third book in the series, the ever indestructible John Bond is back in another action-packed mission. A very deadly mission approached in cohort with John’s opposite numbers from the US, Israel and Soviet Union in the desolate arctic wastelands of Lapland.

Yet if increasing fascism is the common enemy, then who is really to be feared? Is it the voluptuous Israeli or the breezy American who is acting like a double agent? Are the Finns using John bond to break KGB’s on their fragile national autonomy? Never has John encountered such an agitating bunch of collaborators or been subjected to such bewildering lethal shocks.


If you love John Gardener Bond series then you should give these two book series a shot; “Raymond Benson’s Bond” series by Raymond Benson and “James Bond” series by Ian Fleming.

What Is The Next Book in The James Bond Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The James Bond Series. The newest book is With a Mind to Kill and was released on May, 24th 2022.

1 thought on “John Gardner’s Bond”

  1. I read the first book in this series, “Licensed Renewed” out of sheer curiosity. Could a different author fully encapsulate the world of Bond? The simple answer is no. The longer answer is yes and no: you have all the classic Bond tropes such as gadgets and good vs. evil, but the book didn’t enthrall me until the last third. Will I give the rest of the series a shot? Not sure at this point. Good effort by the author but didn’t hit it out of the park.

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