Ian Fleming`s favourite Bond novels were “Diamonds Are Forever” and “From Russia, With Love”. His least favourites were “Moonraker”, “Thunderball”, “You Only Live Twice”, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, and the short story “The Property Of A Lady”. He was enthusiastic about “The Spy Who Loved Me” until after it was published.
John Gardner is the only other Bond author to publicly comment on his own Bond novels. “Icebreaker” has always been one of his favourites, while he considered “Role Of Honour” weak – he was forced to write the book when he was sick. This in part explains why no Bond novel appeared the following year.
Kingsley Amis considered “The Man With The Golden Gun” to be Fleming`s worst. He didn`t like Cyril Connolly`s “Bond Strikes Camp”, thought that “Alligator” was worth a look through, and was mixed about Christopher Wood`s novelization “James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me”. He said that John Gardner`s “Licence Renewed” was a bad enough novel by any standard and that Gardner`s second, “For Special Services”, was an unqualified disaster.
Raymond Benson considers “From Russia, With Love”, “Doctor No”, “On Her Majesty`s Secret Service”, and “You Only Live Twice” to be the best Bond novels, and “The Man With the Golden Gun”, “Octopussy and the Living Daylights”, “James Bond and Moonraker”, and “Brokenclaw” the worst. His three favorite Bond films are “Doctor No”, “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger”, and his three least favorite are “Casino Royale 1967”, “The Man With The Golden Gun” and “Moonraker”.