Raymond Benson, author of nine James Bond novels (including three film novelisations), has posted a message on his website reflecting on the life of John Gardner, who passed away on 3 August.
Benson previously critiqued the work of Gardner, who penned 16 Bond novels (including two novelisations), in his book, The James Bond Bedside Companion, before becoming a 007 author himself.
Benson’s reflections read as follows.
I was saddened to hear of John Gardner’s passing. I had my first book-signing (THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION) in 1984 alongside John Gardner at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York (he was signing ROLE OF HONOR). Even though I made criticisms, as well as praises, of his Bond novels in my BEDSIDE COMPANION, we became friends and stayed in touch throughout the years. I have fond memories of my visit to his Virginia home for a weekend in 1993 to write an extended piece on John and his works for 007 Magazine. I have nothing but respect for John and the legacy he left. We’ve lost an artist with true integrity.
Raymond Benson, 8 August
To view the message – which includes a photograph of both authors at a book signing in 1984 – please visit Raymond Benson’s website.
Ian Fleming Publications have also paid tribute to John Gardner on their website. Their message reads as follows.
All at Ian Fleming Publications Limited were saddened and shocked to hear of the death of John Gardner on Friday 3rd August.
John was a highly respected and admired member of the Bond family and he will be great missed.
Our thoughts at this time are with his family.
Ian Fleming Publications, 8 August