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John Gardner - Author


After Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner was the next writer to be asked by Glidrose (now IFPL) to write further adventures of James Bond. He wrote, like Fleming, fourteen Bond books, plus novelisations of the films GoldenEye and Licence to Kill, from 1981 to 1996.

Before becoming an author of fiction in the early 1960s John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer, a journalist and, for a short time, a priest in the Church of England. 'Probably the biggest mistake I ever made,' he says. 'I confused the desire to please my father with a vocation which I soon found I did not have.'

In all, Gardner had fifty-five novels to his credit - many of them best-sellers (his Maestro was a New York Times Book of the Year). Sadly John Gardner died on Friday 3rd August 2007. John was a highly respected and admired member of the Bond family and he will be greatly missed.

If you like John Gardner you might also like to read books by Ted Bell, Lee Child and Robert Ludlum.

Featured Books, with extracts, by John Gardner

Goldeneye by John Gardner
Goldeneye
John Gardner
With nuclear powered satellites controlled by a rogue Russian leader intent on destroying the West’s financial markets this is the 15th in the John Gardner Series of Bond books originally published in 1995. It was also made into a film...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/11/2012
Never Send Flowers by John Gardner
Never Send Flowers
John Gardner
A single blood-tipped rose is the only linking clue to the assassination of four high profile figures - time to call in 007. The 13th in the John Gardner Series of Bond books originally published in 1993.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/11/2012
Seafire by John Gardner
Seafire
John Gardner
Bond’s mission is to kill a knight of the realm who is also a ruthless arms dealer on a vast scale, but the best made plans quickly spiral out of control. The 14th in the John Gardner Series of Bond...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/11/2012
Cold by John Gardner
Cold
John Gardner
An ex-lover is murdered, along with 434 other passengers when a plane is blown apart at Washington airport. Taking the mission very personally 007 tracks the globe to uncover and punish the perpetrators. The 16th, and final, in the John...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/11/2012
Win, Lose or Die by John Gardner
Win, Lose or Die
John Gardner
The 8th outing for 007 from John Gardner's pen. A terrorist plot to destroy an aircraft carrier full of World leaders see Bond returned to active duty in the Royal Navy to investigate. Time is running out, Bond is struggling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
Death is Forever by John Gardner
Death is Forever
John Gardner
The 12th in the John Gardner Bond books. The Cold War is over but British agents are still dying under mysterious and strangely old-fashioned circumstances in Germany. Bond is paired up with beautiful CIA agent 'Easy' St John to investigate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
Scorpius by John Gardner
Scorpius
John Gardner
Hideous acts of terrorism begin to roll out across Britain and Bond finds himself in a race against time to track down the faceless criminal behind the horror. This is the 7th adventure for Bond in this John Gardner series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
The Man from Barbarossa by John Gardner
The Man from Barbarossa
John Gardner
Nazi War criminals and Nuclear tensions in the Middle East see James Bond partnered with an Israeli Mossad agent, Pete Natkowitz, and assigned to work with the KGB to infiltrate a terrorist group... It's a crucial race against time in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
Licence to Kill by John Gardner
Licence to Kill
John Gardner
This 9th 007 adventure was used as the inspiration for the 1989 film starring Timothy Dalton. Stripped of his '00' status after taking revenge on a rogue CIA agent, Bond is walking a tightrope and it is surely only a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
No Deals, Mr. Bond by John Gardner
No Deals, Mr. Bond
John Gardner
Double-cross and danger abound in the 6th Bond adventure penned by John Gardner - a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
Brokenclaw by John Gardner
Brokenclaw
John Gardner
While investigating the kidnapping of some scientists, James Bond uncovers a plan to bring about total economic collapse. Can he save the day? This is the 10th in John Gardner's action-packed James Bond series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
Role of Honour by John Gardner
Role of Honour
John Gardner
A scandal causes 007 to leave the British Secret Service to become a mercenary for SPECTRE... Gardner's stunning reinvention of Bond secured critical acclaim and blockbusting sales around the world. Role of Honour is the fourth book in the series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
Nobody Lives For Ever by John Gardner
Nobody Lives For Ever
John Gardner
Some holiday! Bond murders the head of SPECTRE and the price on his head makes him incredibly popular with every assasin within 1,000 miles. In Nobody Lives Forever, the fifth in Gardner's bestselling series, to stay alive Fleming's superspy has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
Icebreaker by John Gardner
Icebreaker
John Gardner
Third in the John Gardner Bond books where 007 reluctantly finds himself recruited into a dangerous mission involving an equally dangerous and treacherous alliance of agents from the CIA, the KGB and Israel's Mossad...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
Licence Renewed by John Gardner
Licence Renewed
John Gardner
The first of John Gardner's novels featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'. Terrorists and potential nuclear meltdown make this a brilliant opening shot in the series.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
For Special Services by John Gardner
For Special Services
John Gardner
The second instalment of John Gardner's Bond series sees Bond join forces with CIA agent Cedar Leiter, daughter of Felix, for some more thrilling adventure.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012

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