Every Bond film that is actually based on Ian Fleming’s stories

Original by Ian Fleming James Bond the stories have been adapted to the screen with varying degrees of fidelity over the past 50 years. With the reintroduction of Blofeld and the Specter in Daniel Craig’s 007 films, Fleming’s source material returned to the franchise. Fleming originally published 14 James Bond books, and although each was adapted for the cinema, some versions were more faithful than others.

While some James Bond films followed Fleming’s stories exactly, many did not. In fact, a few have only lifted their titles, leaving much of Ian Fleming’s James Bond behind. Here’s a look at how each previous James Bond film has handled Ian Fleming’s source material.

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Ph.D. no

James Bond Dr No Sean Connery

Ph.D. no changed only a few things from Ian Fleming’s novel. dr. But he’s not a member of SPECTRE, which Fleming hadn’t created yet, and he loses his killer hands (instead of radiation), replacing them with pincers (not mechanical hands). dr. But he is crushed under an avalanche of guano, which he extracts instead of bauxite from the film. He also forces Bond through a skills-testing course, a lethal assault, which culminates in Bond’s fight with a giant squid.

Other minor changes include: Bond faced a poisoned centipede rather than a tarantula; Honey Rider first appears naked, not in a bikini; and Honey is put on the line to be eaten by crabs rather than left to drown and rescued by Sean Connery’s James Bond. Other aspects were slightly altered to recast the novel as the first film of the franchise: Bond had previously met Strangeways and Quarrel, and while Felix Leiter existed in Fleming’s novels, he did not appear in Ph.D. no.

From Russia with love

James Bond from Russia with love Sean Connery

The biggest change compared to Fleming’s novel (From Russia with love) is the real Soviet agency SMERSH. SMERSH permeates Fleming’s books, but the movies replaced it with SPECTRUM, which Fleming creates later. Subsequently, the Spektor decoder was renamed Lektor. Donald “Red” Grant is originally named Donovan and is an amalgam of three characters. His weapon is a gun hidden in a book, not a garotta. In the novel, one of James Bond’s best villains, Rosa Klebb, manages to stab Bond with her dagger shoes before she is arrested. The film also spawned Q, who would later appear in every film, but never in Fleming’s work.

Golden finger

James Bond Goldfinger Sean Connery

Fleming’s 7th novel Golden finger it was adapted somewhat faithfully, with changes primarily for the sake of easier recording. The plot was slightly altered, originally focusing on the robbery of the gold stockpile at Fort Knox rather than the film’s plot of vault irradiation. Goldfinger himself is only about five feet tall in Fleming’s novel, but actor Gert Fröbe was six feet six inches. In the novel, instead of the familiar laser beam, a saw is shown. Movie Golden finger introduced James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin, although the novel featured an earlier model modified with fewer gadgets.

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James Bond Thunderball Emilio Largo

Originally intended as the first Bond film, thunder it was very faithfully adapted. This was greatly aided by the screenwriter’s involvement in writing the novel (which led to infamous legal problems and, in turn, the competing but equally faithful Bond film, Never say never again). Agent SPECTOR who was electrocuted by Blofeld was executed for sexually assaulting a kidnap victim, not embezzlement as depicted in the film. Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) and the doppelganger pilot plot were not in Fleming’s original novel — which happened to contain SPECTOR’s first appearance.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

James Bond on Her Majesty's Secret Service George Lazenby

Ian Flemming’s 1963 novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring George Lazenby, is essentially identical to the film that follows. As the film was adopted out of order, however, the filmmakers made certain changes to maintain the established timeline. Despite this, there were still some plot holes in the film, such as Blofeld not recognizing James Bond even though he had already met him. You only live twice. Blofeld’s appearance retains a cinematic incarnation, not a novelistic one. The film also made some minor name changes.

Diamonds are eternal

James Bond's diamonds are eternal Sean Connery

Diamonds are eternal he only loosely adapted the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The main difference is that the villain is Blofeld, not Jack and Seraffimo Sprang from the original novel, brothers who are involved in a diamond smuggling plot. Several characters from the novel have been adapted to the screen, but mostly only by name. This includes Tiffany Case, who is a blonde in the book, not a redhead. The characters of Bambi and Thumper, however, were only created for Sean Connery’s final James Bond appearance in the classic canon.

Live and let die

James Bond Live And Let Die Roger Moore

In general, the characters, places and sequence of events in Live and let die they are precisely recreated on the screen. The biggest difference is Mr. Big. Mr. Big’s real name is Buonaparte Ignace Gallia, not Dr. Kanaga. Also in the novel, Baron Samedi is a Voodoo myth that Mr. Big claims to embody it. Mr. Big is a SMERSH agent trying to flood the gold market with a pirate horde. The feud was changed to Quarrel Jr. for the film, to explain his death in Dr. There is no being. Mr. Big’s gang has multiple members in the novel, distilled down to just Tee-Hee and Whisper​​​​​​ for Roger Moore’s James Bond debut.

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The man with the golden gun

James Bond The Man with the Golden Gun Christopher Lee Sean Connery

Ian Fleming’s novel The man with the golden gun, is based in Jamaica, not China. Due to its popularity at the time, martial arts were added along with the characters Nick-Nack, Andrea Anders and Hai Fat. The Solex Agitator was also added to the film, to keep the action rooted in the real-life energy crisis of 1973 as Bond’s motivation for hunting down Scaramanga. In the novel, Scaramanga is just a killer. The film excluded the beginning of the novel, in which Bond tries to kill M, as well as the appearance of Felix Leiter.

For your eyes only

James Bond for your eyes only Roger Moore

For your eyes only is a combination of two short stories by Fleming, “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico”. The filmmakers studied the latter’s Greek setting and made some minor name and location changes to accommodate it. The keel pulling scene actually appears in Fleming’s Live and let die, while some other plot elements are from Fleming’s Golden finger.

The Living Daylights

James Bond The Living Daylights Timothy Dalton

The entire opening act The Living Daylights is a near-perfect adaptation of Ian Fleming’s short story of the same name – with an updated setting for a 1980s audience. Kara Milovy (the cello-playing assassin) is called Trigger in the short story that ends when Bond is disarmed. The rest of the film is completely original.

License to kill

James Bond license to kill Timothy Dalton

License to kill is an amalgam of several Fleming plots. Much of the basic story comes from “The Hildebrand Rarity;” Felix Leiter’s shark attack and warehouse shooting are from Live and let die; Bond’s plan to infiltrate Sanchez’s lair is from Gold finger. In “The Hildebrand Rarity,” the villain is named Milton Krest and he’s the one who beats his girlfriend with a stingray’s tail, not the villain Sanchez who faces off against Timothy Dalton’s James Bond.


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Casino Royale

James Bond Casino Royale Craig Daniel

Fleming’s first novel was screened twice. Once for the 1967 parody, which only took the basic premise of the novel (although all of Peter Sellers’ scenes are in the book). However, the second retelling from 2006 is very faithful (although the filmmakers invented the first act of the film). The main changes here were superficial, like Le Chiffre, who was originally fat and unattractive. Solange was named after a character from Fleming’s short story “007 in New York”.

Ian Fleming’s other Bond stories

James Bond You Only Live Twice Sean Connery

You only live twice, Moonraker, View of Murder, and A quantum of comfort they took their titles and sometimes characters from Fleming’s stories – the latter taking some plot points from “007 in New York”. octopus used the title and background of the character, drawing other aspects from the short story “The Property of a Lady”. Fleming became so desperate because of the negative feedback The spy who loved me, he only allowed the adaptation of the title. Despite this, a version of Jaws appears in a novel called “Horror”. Ian Fleming’s books may have been tweaked a bit, but he was clearly a master James Bond prose.

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