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30th Anniversary of Licence Renewed by John Gardner

By: Anders Frejdh
Licence renewed 30th anniversary
Licence Renewed, John Gardner's first James Bond novel, was published 30 years ago.

Licence Renewed (published in American editions as License Renewed), first published in 1981, is the first novel by John Gardner featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent, James Bond. It was the first proper James Bond novel (not counting novelisations and a faux biography) since Kingsley Amis's Colonel Sun in 1968. Carrying the Glidrose Publications copyright, it was first published in the United Kingdom by Jonathan Cape and in the United States by Richard Marek.

The release of Licence Renewed successfully relaunched the Bond literary franchise, being the first of 14 original novels by Gardner until his retirement in 1996. In that time frame, Gardner also wrote two film novelisations.

Other James Bond books written by John Gardner
>For special services (1982)
>Icebreaker (1983)
>Role of honour (1984)
>Nobody lives forever (1986)
>No deals, Mr Bond (1987)
>Scorpius (1988)
>Win, lose or die (1989)
>Brokenclaw (1990)
>Licence to kill (1989)
>The man from Barbarossa (1991)
>Death is forever (1992)
>Never Send Flowers (1993)
>Sea Fire (1994)
>Cold (1996)
>GoldenEye (1996)

Editor's note:
For more James Bond anniversaries featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For new editions of John Gardner's original James Bond novels, click here.

Photo above:
The cover for the first Swedish edition of Licence Renowed (1981) from Anders Frejdh’s private collection. In Sweden, the book was titled Med rätt att döda (which actually means Licence to kill) and published by Albert Bonnier in 1982.

Official website for the talented John Gardner's work incl. cover images of all his books:



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