I managed to read all the books in order, many, ahem, years ago, some before the movie came out. IMHO, all the books are better than all the movies, and the earlier the book, the better. What's strange about the movies is that they seem to stick to the book chronology, but as time goes on, the plots and details start to wildly diverge. The books are distinctly British in their casual upper-crust racism, with the only excuse being that everybody and everything was casually racist in the Fifties. But the movies are just as sexist. If you want to know what Ian Fleming thought James Bond looked like, look up "Hoagy Carmichael", the dude who wrote "Georgia on My Mind" and "Stardust". Yup, that guy.