Well known characters from books include Jean Valjean from "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo, Captain Hook from "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie and James Bond from the Bond series of books written by Ian Fleming. The popularity of each character extends beyond the books and into popular culture.
The character of Jean Valjean appeared in the stage musical version of "Les Miserables" in 1987. The character who steals a loaf of bread and spends the rest of his life sacrificing for the greater good was featured in a number of movie versions of the book since the turn of the 20th century.
Captain Hook, primary nemesis of the titular character Peter Pan, appeared in movie versions of the book including "Hook" released in 1991, "Peter Pan" released in 2003 and "Finding Neverland" released in 2004. Satirical versions of the character appeared a number of times on "Saturday Night Live," and the television series "Once Upon a Time" featured an alternate interpretation of the character. A cartoon version of the character appeared in the 1953 Walt Disney movie "Peter Pan," and in the 2011 television cartoon series, "Jake and the Neverland Pirates."
James Bond's popularity extends beyond the books and into a four-decade series of films and a website dedicated to the character at 007.com. The Bond series of books began in 1952. After Fleming's death in 1964, other authors such as Charlie Higson and William Boyd took over writing duties.