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John Gardner - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by John Gardner

Other books by John Gardner

James Bond 22: Scorpius

James Bond 22: Scorpius

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2016

Normalerweise interessiert sich die Spezialabteilung nicht fur in der Themse treibende Leichen, doch als die Leiche einer jungen Frau mit einem tadellosen Hintergrund entdeckt wird, weckt das plotzlich ihr Interesse. Sogar so sehr, dass sie sich an den legendaren M, den Leiter des Secret Service, wenden. Daraufhin schickt M James Bond los, denn zwischen ihm und der toten Frau scheint es irgendeine Verbindung zu geben. Schon bald befindet sich Bond in einer ungewohnlichen Mischung aus Intrige und Chaos wieder, bei der eine seltsame, aber todliche quasireli- giose Sekte eine Rolle spielt ...

The Public Understanding of Assessment

The Public Understanding of Assessment

Author: John Gardner Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2015

Assessment of educational achievement, whether by traditional examinations or by teachers in schools, attracts considerable public interest, particularly when it is associated with `high stakes' outcomes such as university entry or selection for employment. When the individual's results do not chime with their or their teachers' expectations, doubts creep in about the process of assessment that has arrived at this result. However, educational assessment is made up of many layers of complexity, which are not always clear to the general public, including teachers, students, and parents, and which are not easily understood outside of the expert assessment community. These layers may be organized in highly co-dependent relationships that include reliability, validity, human judgment, and errors, and the uses and interpretations of the various types of assessment. No-one could reasonably argue that the principles and complexities of educational assessment should be core learning in public education, but there is a growing realization that trust in the UK assessment system is under some threat as the media and others sensationalize or politicize any problems that arise each year. This book offers the first comprehensive overview of how the general public is considered to perceive and understand a wide variety of aspects of educational assessment, and how this understanding may be improved. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Oxford Review of Education.

James Bond: SeaFire A 007 Novel

James Bond: SeaFire A 007 Novel

Author: John Gardner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2015

James Bond: Never Send Flowers A 007 Novel

James Bond: Never Send Flowers A 007 Novel

Author: John Gardner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2015

James Bond 21: Das Spiel ist aus

James Bond 21: Das Spiel ist aus

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2015

Bei einer geheimen U-Boot-Mission an der ostdeutschen Kuste holen James Bond und zwei Marinesoldaten zwei junge Frauen ab, die eingesetzt wurden, um kommunistische Agenten zu verfuhren. Nun wurden sie entdeckt und mussen fliehen. Doch Bond wei nicht, dass das nur der Anfang eines nervenzerreienden Spiels voller Tauschungen ist, dass sein eigener Vorgesetzter M gegen die ostdeutsche HVA und die Eliteeinheit des KGBs spielt, die sich aus Bonds altem Feind SMERSCH gebildet hat ...

Cold

Cold

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

James Bond is on a mission that will become an obsession. It starts the night Flight 229 is torn apart at Washington airport, killing 435 passengers. But the victim who matters to Bond is the Principessa Sukie Tempesta: once his lover, still his friend.The search for Sukies killers will turn out to be the most complex and demanding assignment of Bonds career. Across continents and through ever-changing labyrinths of evil, he follows the traces of clues into the center of a fanatical society more deadly than any terrorist army. Its code name is COLD.

Death is Forever

Death is Forever

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

The Cold War is over. After two British agents die under mysterious and strangely old-fashioned circumstances in Germany, Bond is paired up with beautiful CIA agent Easy St John. Hes been assigned to track down the surviving members of Cabal, a Cold War-era intelligence network that received a mysterious and unauthorized signal to disband.Its not long before Bond and Easy find themselves playing a life-or-death game as they try to figure out who they can trust. All the while, Cabal agents are dying one by one.

Role of Honour

Role of Honour

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2015

People notice things and word around Whitehall is that Commander Bond is living a shade dangerouslygambling, the new Bentley, erladies, money changing hands.Following scandal and his shock resignation from Britains Secret Intelligence Service, James Bond becomes a gun for hire; able, and willing, to sell his lethal skills to the highest bidder. And SPECTRE, it seems, are eager to have the disgraced British super spy on their payroll.But before he can be fully embraced by his new employerand deadliest enemy007 must first prove his loyalty. And in doing so he must threaten with nuclear annihilation everything he has fought his whole life to defend. Until honor is fully restored.Gardners stunning reinvention of Bond secured critical acclaim and blockbusting sales around the world. Role of Honour, the fourth book in the series, kept 007 at No.1.

A Shakespeare Sequence

A Shakespeare Sequence

Author: John Gardner Format: Sheet music Release Date: 22/10/2015

Man from Barbarossa

Man from Barbarossa

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2015

James Bond has been partnered with an Israeli Mossad agent, Pete Natkowitz, and assigned to work with the KGB to infiltrate a terrorist group. The group, The Scales of Justice, are demanding the trial of a suspected Nazi war criminal and each day of delay brings another death.Posing as a TV crew, Bond and the other agents attempt to discover the groups real motive. When Bond realizes that the real aim is to supply Iraq with nuclear weapons just before the United Nations-led coalition invades he faces the most crucial mission of his life.

Never Send Flowers

Never Send Flowers

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2015

In different corners of the world four high-profile figures are assassinated in less than a week. Nobody links the deaths but one thing is certain: each of them has been stalked, sought out, and killed with care and preparation. Then a sinister connection is established: a single, blood-tipped rose is sent to each funeral and an unremarkable female agent is murdered in Switzerland.When MI5 come to MI6 to ask for help M brings in his best. At first, a weekend abroad seems tempting to James Bond: especially when hes paired with Flicka von Grusse, a gorgeous Swiss intelligence officer. But this is a perilous assignment that starts with the mysterious actor David Dragonpol and leads them to Athens, Milan, and on to EuroDisneyand an explosive climax.

SeaFire

SeaFire

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2015

James Bond is back in action, with the stunning Flicka von Grusse at his side and his license to kill renewed once more. His target is Sir Maxwell Tarn: a businessman whose legitimate empire spans the globe, whose wealth is uncountable, who also deals in illegal weapons on a breathtaking scale.But even Bond is unprepared for the speed of events, as a sting operation in a Cambridge hotel leads rapidly to an assassination in Spain, a fugitive in Israel, and neo-Nazi plotters in Germany.Bond finally catches up with Tarn in Puerto Rico where his prey becomes his captor. Can he escape in time to stop Tarn?

No Deals, Mr Bond

No Deals, Mr Bond

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

Two female agents of Operation Cream Cakedouble agents and honey traps against the KGBare murdered. Bond must find the others and conduct them to safety before they meet a similar fate.In a race against time, Bond travels to Ireland and the KGB is soon on the scene. But all is not as it seems and soon Bond finds he needs all his wits to negotiate a labyrinth of double-crossing that is to lead him to a bewildering showdown in a remote corner of the Kowloon province of Hong Kong, where, weaponless, he is hunted by four assassins.No Deals, Mr Bond is the sixth in the bestselling series created by John Gardner, and one of the most original and unpredictable.

Win, Lose or Die

Win, Lose or Die

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

When M receives word that a known terrorist organization is planning to infiltrate and destroy a top-secret British Royal Navy aircraft carrier-based summit of world leaders, James Bond is returned to active duty in the Royal Navy. Promoted from Commander to Captain, Bond is expected to infiltrate the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and identify potential sleeper agents.As he struggles to complete his mission, a massive war game is being carried out between the American, British, and Soviet Navies. And when Bond gets caught up in a murder investigation the safety of the most powerful leaders on the planet hangs in the balance.

Brokenclaw

Brokenclaw

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

On holiday in Victoria, British Columbia, Bond becomes by intrigued Lee Fu-Chu, a half-Blackfoot, half-Chinese philanthropist who is known as Brokenclaw because of a deformed hand.On his return to the UK Bond is tasked to investigate the kidnapping of several scientists who have been working on a new submarine detection system. It becomes clear that Brokenclaw is behind the kidnapping and worse, he has a devastating plan to cause economic meltdown through the collapse of the dollar.Bond has no choice but to enter his lair.

Icebreaker

Icebreaker

Author: John Gardner Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2015

Bond reluctantly finds himself recruited into a dangerous mission involving an equally dangerous and treacherous alliance of agents from the CIA, the KGB, and Israels Mossad. The team dubbed Icebreaker waste no time double crossing each other, as they try to root out the leader of the murderous National Socialist Action Army, Count Konrad von Gloda, a one time SS officer, who now perceives himself as the New Adolf Hitler.