And back then sometimes you wouldn't even know exactly when it was coming out or what the title was. You would just walk in a bookstore and, bang!, there it was! A new Bond book.
This thread also has me very nostalgic....I remember anxiously waiting for each new Gardner novel to come out!
I remember this last happened to me the day I sold my first screenplay. Right after I got the call from my agent I went into the bookstore on the Universal lot (I was working my day job as a print inspector) and, bang, there was Cold Fall! I didn't even know there was going to be a book that year. Needles to say, that was a great day.