“The name is Bond, James Bond.” It’s a singular introduction that immediately conjures up our personal vision of the man, be it a favorite Bond actor, an interpretation from the comics, or a 007 inspired up by Ian Fleming’s prose. Yet during the research for the James Bond Lexicon we found that there are many different versions of the James Bond character in existence, each with their own distinct timeline and history. What follows is a listing of those we found. It probably isn’t a complete list and we’re always happy to debate, revise, or add to the list.
Bond #1 – Ian Fleming’s Bond – Debuted 1953 – Appears in all the novels and short stories written by Ian Fleming, plus the continuation novels by Kingsley Amis, Sebastian Foulks, William Boyd, and Anthony Horowitz.
Bond #2 – 1950’s TV Bond – Debuted 1954 – From the 1954 TV version of Casino Royale as played by Barry Nelson.
Bond #3 – The Newspaper Bond – Debuted 1958 – Featured in the newspaper comic strips originally published in the British Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers between 1958 and 1983.
Bond #4 – Movie Bond #1 – Debuted 1962 – As played on screen by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton & Pierce Brosnan.
Bond #5 – The TV Sketch Bond – Debuted 1964 – As played by Roger Moore on “Mainly Millicent.”
Bond #6 – Manga Bond – Debuted 1964 – Featured in Japanese comics originally published between 1964 and 1967. (Not covered in the James Bond Lexicon)
Bond #7 – Uncle James #1 – Debuted 1967 – As mentioned in the novel 003 1/2 The Adventures of James Bond Jr.
Bond #8 – Sir James Bond – Debuted in 1967 – As played by David Niven in the 1967 version of Casino Royale.
Bond #9 – Chilean Comics Bond – Debuted in 1968 – Featured in the James Bond comic book series published in Chile by Zig-Zag between 1968 and 1971. (Not covered in the James Bond Lexicon)
Bond #10 – The “Real” James Bond – Debuted in 1973 – As featured in John Pearson’s fictional biography of Bond.
Bond #11 – Gardner’s Bond – Debuted in 1981 – Appears in the continuation novels authored by John Gardner that were published between 1981 and 1996
Bond #12 – Swedish Comics Bond – Debuted in 1982 – Featured in original James Bond stories published by Semic in various Scandinavian countries between 1982 and 1996. (Not covered in the James Bond Lexicon)
Bond #13 +?? – Video Game Bond – Debuted in 1982 – As featured in various video games. (Not covered in the James Bond Lexicon) – Not being gamers, this is an area where we need help in categorizing the various incarnations of Bond in original video games.
Bond #14 – Movie Bond #3 – Debuted in 1983 – As played by Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again.
Bond #15 + ?? – RPG Bond – Debuted in 1983 – The Bond featured in various Role Playing Games. (Not covered in the James Bond Lexicon) Not being gamers, this is an area where we need help in categorizing the various incarnations of Bond in RPGs.
Bond #16 – Choose Your Own Adventure Bond – Debuted in 1985 – As featured in the four Find Your Fate volumes loosely based on the events of the A View To A Kill movie script.
Bond #17 – Adventure Book Bond – Debuted in 1985 – As featured in the Play Value Books 007 Adventure Storybook series.
Bond #18 – Grell’s Bond – Debuted in 1989 – As featured in the comics miniseries Permission To Die by Mike Grell published by Eclipse Comics.
Bond #19 – Uncle James #2 – Debuted 1991 – The 007 referenced, but never seen, in the James Bond Jr. TV show, novels, and comics.
Bond #20 – Gulacy’s Bond – Debuted in 1992 – As featured in the comics miniseries Serpent’s Tooth by Paul Gulacy published by Dark Horse Comics.
Bond #21 – The Dark Horse Bond – Debuted in 1993 – As featured in various original comics stories published by Dark Horse Comics between 1993 and 1995.
Bond #22 – Benson’s Bond – Debuted in 1997 – Appears in the continuation novels and short stories authored by Raymond Benson that were published between 1997 and 2002.
Bond #23 – Moneypenny’s Bond – Debuted 2005 – Appears in the Ms. Moneypenny novels and short stories by Kate Westbrook published between 2005 and 2008.
Bond #24 – Young Bond – Debuted 2005 – Appears in the Young Bond series of novels by Charlie Higson and Stephen Cole published between 2005 and 2017.
Bond #25 – Movie Bond #4 – Debuted 2006 – As played by Daniel Craig.
Bond #26 – Deaver’s Bond – Debuted 2011 – As featured in the contemporary novel Carte Blanche written by Jeffery Deaver
Bond #27 – The Dynamite Bond – Debuted 2015 – As featured in the various original comics stories published by Dynamite Comics.
Bond #28 – The Origins Bond – Debuted in 2018 – As featured in the James Bond Origins comics series published by Dynamite Comics
Radio Bond – We’ve been asked a few times where the radio and audio versions of James Bond may fit in this list. As these tend to be adaptations of existing material (mainly the Fleming stories) we don’t count them as a separate incarnation, but if anyone knows of a licensed original-for-audio Bond story then we’d be happy to add it to the list.
Unauthorized Bond – The James Bond Lexicon project focuses on stories that have been officially licensed, or acknowledged in an official capacity, so the various incarnation of Bond in pastiches, fan-fiction, cameos, spoofs etc. aren’t covered here.