Just a note that I've been re-reading some James Bond novels, which I haven't read since I was a teenager. They are much, much better than I remembered (possibly because I was too young to appreciate them). I find Bond a much more plausible, interesting and sympathetic character and it is fascinating to contemplate where and why the films differ from the books (or even transplant entire scenes from one film to another). I've read the first three so far (in a single volume edition) and have now started the next three.
(Should also add: I'm a fan of the movies - watched Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace again over the Christmas break. Still don't fully understand the plot of the latter, but Daniel Craig makes an excellent Bond.)