Oh noes! The sky is falling!!! No Skyfall novelization. What has the world come to!?!?! Not that this should come as much of a surprise, the current neo-Bourne reboot has not had novelizations for either entry. The last Bond movie to have a tiein book was Die Another Day ten years ago.
There are various reason for not authorizing a tiein novel, some speculated spoilers were a possible concern, probably not since there is a Video Game coming which if it should follow the same story as the movie will be chockablock with spoilers. Also publication could be delayed to coincide with the movies release.
Another possibility is the is no there is Bond Book Author of record to write the novel, the last tie in were written by the current Bond authors, John Gardner penned License To Kill and Goldeneye, Raymond Benson penned Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is not Enough, and Die Another Day.
One theory is the hectic production scheduled and late delivery of the script prevented the possibility of a tiein, fueling this speculation is the catastrophe Quantum of Solace was. The chaotic QOS script is now the root of all evil if we are to believe the official company talking point, some believe the script was so bad and being worked on to such a late date there was no way a novel could be adapted. There could be something to this however TND also had a chaotic script to screen life and still a tiein was still managed.
Another theory is poor projected profits for a tiein, which admittedly have short shelf lifespans. This idea may have some merit, however as part of the over all decision. There will likely be a few collectors editions coffee table size behind the scenes of books coming out, expensive to produce, expensive to buy, but there is collectors market that supports them. If we consider how much the book marked has changed since Die Another Day graced bookstore shelves, e publications and such, along with a tepid sales, the cost of publication (killing all those trees), along with hiring an author, for which their is none on staff right now, then it does not make as much sense to publish a novelization as Bond fans might think.
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Bondbook.com – Ian Fleming Publications has confirmed for me that there will NOT be a novelization of Skyfall, the new James Bond film currently in production. This will be the first time a non-Fleming titled Bond film has not been novelized. The last novelization was Die Another Day by Raymond Benson in 2002.