Colonel Sun is the first Post-Fleming Bond novel. However, this might not have been the case had things worked out a little differently. It might have been Per Fine Ounce by Geoffrey Jenkins. Jenkins is an adventure novelist, who was a friend of Fleming's. In 1957, Jenkins proposed an outline for a Bond novel set in South America that would center around a diamond smuggling ring. Fleming thought it had great potential. After Fleming's death, Jenkins wanted to turn the outline into a novel. He spoke to Glidrose (Fleming's publishing company), and they commissioned him to write the novel. However, they decided that the final work was not fit for publishing, and have suppressed it. I personally would love to see this book finally released, and I think many others share my point of view. I have written to the current holders of the James Bond literary rights, Ian Fleming Publications Limited. I met with no results, as they do not seem to want to even admit the novel exists.