The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel
is the first in a planned trilogy
of novels chronicling the life of Miss Moneypenny
's personal secretary in Ian Fleming
's James Bond
series. The diaries were authored by Samantha Weinberg
under the pseudonym
Kate Westbrook, who is depicted as the book's editor. The first installment, subtitled Guardian Angel
was released in the United Kingdom
on October 10, 2005 by John Murray
publishers. A United States
edition was published by Thomas Dunne Books on May 13, 2008 , although this edition has no subtitle.
The second volume of the series, The Moneypenny Diaries
was published on November 2, 2006 in the UK .
Weinberg is the first woman to write an officially licensed James Bond-related novel.
The first diary fills in the gaps between a number of agent 007's missions including the period between On Her Majesty's Secret Service
and You Only Live Twice
, but also includes an entire backstory for Moneypenny. For the first time since Fleming introduced the character alongside Bond in Casino Royale
, Moneypenny is given a first name: Jane.
An authorised book?
Although it has since been announced as an official book from Ian Fleming Publications
, the holder of the literary rights to James Bond, there was some confusion and even deception prior to release as to whether the book was actually authorised by them.
The trilogy had originally been touted as the... Read More