The Moneypenny Diaries is presented as excerpts from the secret diary of Jane “Miss” Moneypenny. It's a complex, bittersweet, even realistic alternate point of view of James Bond, as well as a meditation on the politics of the 1960s and the impact of Bond’s lifestyle and attitude on those around him — especially the women. It’s also a damn sight better than most of the official Bond continuation novels.
During the making of GoldenEye, Bond producers started planning for a sequel. Crime fiction writer Donald Westlake was hired to write the screenplay. The process never resulted in a finished movie, but it did give Westlake fodder to rework into Forever and a Death.