Mapping James Bond

February 22, 2023

Mapping James Bond

James Bond has been the poster child for the spy and action genre ever since author Ian Fleming wrote the character into existence. Ian Fleming’s suspenseful series of novels about James Bond began with Casino Royale in 1953 and ended, upon Fleming’s death, with Octopussy in 1964. Overall, Fleming wrote two short stories and twelve novels featuring the memorable spy. But it was not until 1962 that we would see 007 come to life on the big screen, which is what he’s best known for today. This character has spanned over 25 films, some close adaptations of specific books while others were only loosely based on the James Bond character. 

For those looking to track James Bond’s adventures and exploits as Ian Fleming originally wrote them, I highly recommend the “Ian Fleming Thriller Map.” This pictorial map was a labor of love by authors Aaron Silverman and Molly Macguire, with striking illustrations by John Zeleneck and graphics by Susan Lewis. It was published by Aaron Blake Publishers in 1987. 

1987 Ian Fleming Thriller Map (detail of)

The colorful and intriguing map provides an overview of locations for all of Bond’s adventures during the book series. As shown, his escapades as a spy took him across four continents and many countries. With the help of a large key at the bottom, styled as two lounging women, each numbered spot on the map is organized by book titles. Specific addresses are indicated, when possible, followed by details on the drinks and games Bond enjoyed, the lovers he took, the guns he used, cars he drove, and the evil villain plots he thwarted. 

1987 Ian Fleming Thriller Map (detail of)

Featuring bold, vibrant original illustrations of the hero with his accessories specific to the books- the Walther PPK, the Aston Martin, the Martini, and more - this Ian Fleming Thriller Map plots an exhilarating path of intrigue and espionage across the globe. A fun collectible for any true Bond aficionado!

Shop this map on our website, to add it to your map collection today. Also check out our rare Ian Fleming first edition titles available for purchase, like our first edition, first printing of Diamonds are Forever. 

Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming, First Edition, First Printing, 1956






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