James Bond novels come back to Random House

The lucrative James Bond novels return to Random House, their original publisher, through a new deal.

L: Jay Maidment/MGM
The James Bond book series will be re-released in a year when actor Daniel Craig (l.) will reprise his role as the famous spy.

The James Bond novels by Ian Fleming will be re-released through the Random House Group this summer after the publishing company acquired the rights for the books.

The print versions of the books had previously been published by Penguin Books and the e-books were released by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., a company run by family of the author. Now Vintage Books, a Random House imprint, will publish both for the next 10 years, according to the new agreement.

The Bond series was first published in 1953 through Jonathan Cape, also a Random House imprint.

“We are delighted to be reuniting James Bond with his original publisher," Corinne Turner, the managing director of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., told Reuters.

Per the new agreement, Vintage will be the only publisher to release English versions of the novels in every country but Canada and the United States.

Vintage will be republishing Fleming’s 14 Bond novels in addition to his books “The Diamond Smugglers” and “Thrilling Cities.”

Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.

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