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Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming

English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer

Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was a British writer, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst, and, briefly, the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through several jobs before he started writing.

While working for Britain's Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, Fleming was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. His wartime service and his career as a journalist provided much of the background, detail and depth of the James Bond novels.

Fleming wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952. It was a success, with three print runs being commissioned to cope with the demand. Eleven Bond novels and two collections of short stories followed between 1953 and 1966. The novels revolve around James Bond, an officer in the Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. Bond is also known by his code number, 007, and was a commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. The Bond stories rank among the best-selling series of fictional books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and two works of non-fiction. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming 14th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Fleming was married to Ann Charteris, who was divorced from the second Viscount Rothermere because of her affair with the author. Fleming and Charteris had a son, Caspar. Fleming was a heavy smoker and drinker for most of his life and succumbed to heart disease in 1964 at the age of 56. Two of his James Bond books were published posthumously; other writers have since produced Bond novels. Fleming's creation has appeared in film twenty-seven times, portrayed by seven actors.

Timeline

May 28, 1908
Ian Fleming was born in Mayfair.

Patents

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

"The Agent's Secret."

J.C.

2017

"The secret life of Ian Fleming: spies, lies and social ties".

Moran, Christopher R.; McCrisken, Trevor

2019

"Ian Fleming: A Personal Memoir."

Muir, P.H.

1965

Ian Fleming: The Man Who Created James Bond. Orion Publishing Group.

Lycett, Andrew

2020

News

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Sarah Lyall | NYT
December 14, 2020
@bsindia
Le Carre upended that notion with books that portrayed British intelligence operations as cesspools of ambiguity in which right and wrong are too close to call
Dalya Alberge
June 14, 2020
The Telegraph
The copy of You Only Live Twice is signed by Ian Flemming to former CIA Director Allen Dulles
K. Thor Jensen
December 3, 2019
Geek.com
We're getting closer to No Time To Die, the last James Bond flick with Daniel Craig as 007. Who will carry the mantle next? That's still up in the air, but one thing's ...
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