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2 NOVEMBER 2017
NEW VINTAGE CLASSICS EDITION OF IAN FLEMING NOVELS

Ian Fleming Publications have announced new special hardback editions of three of Ian Fleming's finest James Bond novels - Casino Royale (1953), Live And Let Die (1954) and Goldfinger (1959) - featuring GREAT covers designed by Hungarian illustrator Levente Szabo.

The new editions also include brand new introductions written by American Bond expert and FSWL reader John Cork.

>Order the new special edition of Casino Royale from Amazon UK
>Order the new special edition of Live and Let Die from Amazon UK
>Order the new special edition of Goldfinger from Amazon UK

Vintage Classics 2017 covers of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels


Casino Royale Vintage Classics
The new special edition cover of Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. Copyright © 2017 Vintage Classics. All rights reserved.

Live and Let Die Vintage Classics
The new special edition cover of Live And Let Die by Ian Fleming. Copyright © 2017 Vintage Classics. All rights reserved.

Goldfinger Vintage Classics
The new special edition cover of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming. Copyright © 2017 Vintage Classics. All rights reserved.

More information about Ian Fleming and his works on Ian Fleming Publications website.

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28 MAY 2018
110 YEARS SINCE JAMES BOND CREATOR IAN FLEMING WAS BORN

28th May 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming, the creator and man behind the literary James Bond, still a hugely popular character around the globe.

Books about Ian Fleming that FSWL considers essential reading for James Bond scholars include Andrew Lycett's brilliant biography Ian Fleming: The Man behind James Bond, John Griswold's Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories, and Jon Gilbert's Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.

About James Bond creator Ian Fleming


Ian Lancaster Fleming was born at 27 Green Street in London on 28th May 1908, the second of four brothers. He was educated at Eton College and then abroad in Germany and Austria.

After an early career at Reuters news agency, he became a stockbroker. During World War 2 he worked throughout as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London, privy to many secrets. It was his experience in this job that was to provide many of the characters and incidents that he was to write about later in the Bond books.

Following the war he became foreign manager, in charge of foreign correspondents, for Kemsley newspapers, owners of the Sunday Times and other papers. But his creative imagination remained under wraps until 1952, When, at the age of 43, he settled down in his house in Jamaica, and produced – in not much more than two months - Casino Royale - first published in 1953 and the first adventure of James Bond. He published a further thirteen James Bond titles and lived to witness their enourmous success, and having seen his character played by Sean Connery in the first two films, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).

Ian Fleming with James Bond film producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli
Ian Fleming with James Bond film producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli. Photo from Pictorial Parade. All rights reserved.

He married Anne Rothermere in 1952 and in August that year his only son, Caspar, was born. While convalescing from his first heart attack in 1962, he wrote a short story about a flying car for Caspar - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - first published in 1964. Ian Fleming died, aged 56, on 12th August 1964 at Sandwich in Kent.

Films about Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming has been portrayed twice on film, first in Goldeneye (1989) starring Charles Dance and the year after in Spymaker starring Jason Connery (Sean Connery's son) as Fleming.

Ian Fleming James Bond bibliography
>Casino Royale (1953)
>Live and Let Die (1954)
>Moonraker (1955)
>Diamonds are Forever (1956)
>From Russia With Love (1957)
>Dr. No (1958)
>Goldfinger (1959)
>For Your Eyes Only (1960), a collection of short stories
>Thunderball (1961)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
>You Only Live Twice (1964)
>The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
>Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Ian Fleming with his James Bond short story collection For Your Eyes Only
Ian Fleming with his James Bond short story collection For Your Eyes Only. Photo from Evening Standard. All rights reserved.

Ian Fleming's non-Bond books
>The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
>Ian Fleming introduces Jamaica (1963)
>Thrilling Cities (1963), a travel book

Editor's note:
Ian Fleming Publications celebrated Ian's centenary during 2008 and Sebastian Faulks first original James Bond novel Devil May Care (2008) was published by Penguin Books.

Photo above:
Ian Fleming in his study at GoldenEye, his summer house in Jamaica. Photo from Hulton Archive. All rights reserved.

More information about Ian Fleming and his works on Ian Fleming Publications website.

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8-11 DECEMBER 2014
THE FLEMING MINI-SERIES ON TV4 IN SWEDEN

The miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond - starring Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator Ian Fleming (1908-1964) - is broadcast in Sweden on TV4.

His name was Fleming. Ian Fleming. The man who created agent 007, James Bond. And whose own life after the war in London was at least as exciting, eventful and full of women, martini and song.

Episode 1 (45 minutes): TV4, 8th December at 11pm
Goldeneye, Jamaica 1952 – a strikingly beautiful woman in scuba gear explores the reef in an azure blue sea. Gradually we see a figure closing in on her – with a harpoon gun. He fires. And beside her a huge squid explodes in a cloud of ink. This is Ann Fleming – and as they surface the shadowy figure, now helpless with laughter, reveals himself as her new husband, Ian. Later that night as Ian types ‘The End’ on to a large manuscript. James Bond has been born. In their bedroom Ann probes Ian. She is not sure she likes James Bond, and many of his attributes seem all too familiar. Is this Bond actually Ian – his ego? His shadow?

Episode 2 (45 minutes): TV4, 9th December at 11pm
LISBON 1940, neutral territory, the British mingle with Nazis. And Fleming is with Godfrey and Monday on a diplomatic meeting between SIS, NID and their American counterparts. Conversation turns to the French Navy – and its head, ADMIRAL DARLAN. France is about to fall to the advancing Axis forces and the French Fleet is at risk of falling into Nazi hands. Fleming sees a Nazi officer gambling in the hotel casino with a beautiful woman at his side and sneaks off to join the game. He takes on the German Officer at the card tables, gambling with the Admiralty’s petty cash. And he loses spectacularly. The German has won and leaves with the Beautiful woman.

Episode 3 (45 minutes): TV4, 10th December at 11pm
In a dark, atmospheric subterranean chamber, Ian silently moves in to dismantle a bomb. This is real James Bond territory. Suddenly all hell breaks lose and tracer fire whizzes through the air. They’ve been seen. The detonator explodes. A whistle blows and the lights come up. This was obviously a training exercise. And while Ian was fast, technically he’s dead.

Episode 4 (45 minutes): TV4, 11th December at 11pm
Ian enters an office where Monday is working. He asks her to forge a signature – of Admiral Rushbrooke. When she refuses, he shows her his pen. An atomized spray shoots into her face and she collapses unconscious. He then lifts Rushbrooke’s signature and turns to address a group of people we didn’t realize were there, who include Donovan. The men are impressed. Although, when he brings her round with smelling salts, Monday is less so!

Editor's note:
The series was first aired in USA by BBC America and then in the UK by Sky Atlantic. In Sweden, the series was first aired by HBO Nordic.

Ian Fleming bibliography:
>Casino Royale (1953)
>Live and Let Die (1954)
>Moonraker (1955)
>Diamonds are forever (1956)
>From Russia With Love (1957)
>The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
>Dr. No (1958)
>Goldfinger (1959)
>For Your Eyes Only (1960)
>Thunderball (1961)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
>Thrilling Cities (1963)
>Ian Fleming introduces Jamaica (1963)
>You Only Live Twice (1964)
>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)
>The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
>Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Photo above:
DVD cover for Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. © 2014 Atlantic Film. All rights reserved.

Visit TV4's official website for the complete schedule:

www.tv4.se

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10-24 OCTOBER 2014
IAN FLEMING'S THRILLING CITIES (BBC RADIO 4)

BBC Radio 4 broadcast the Pier production Ian Fleming's Thrilling Cities, a three episode series based on Ian's book originally published in 1963.

Long In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was commissioned by the Sunday Times to explore some of the world's most exotic cities. Travelling to the Far East and then to America, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.

Fleming wrote, 'On November 2nd, armed with a sheaf of visas...one suitcase...and my typewriter, I left humdrum London for the thrilling cities of the world. All my life I have been interested in adventure and abroad. I have enjoyed the frisson of leaving the wide, well-lit streets and venturing up back alleys in search of the hidden, authentic pulse of towns. It was perhaps this habit that turned me into a writer of thrillers.'

Episode 1: Hong Kong (15 minutes)
Fleming flies to Hong Kong - the most vivid and exciting city he had ever experienced. He enjoys a massage at the hands of an expert, and his senses are enchanted by the smells of the streets at night - from the 'exciting dash of sandalwood' in a joss-stick factory to the scent of frying onions and 'sweet perspiration'.

Episode 2: Tokyo (15 minutes)
Fleming flies to Tokyo where he witnesses an astonishing ju-jitsu demonstration, has his fortune told and is attended in a bath-house by one of the prettiest girls he has ever seen.

Episode 3: Chicago and New York (15 minutes)
Fleming flies to the USA and visits the garage in Chicago where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place. In New York, he thrills at the sight of the traffic lights changing from red to green in unison all the way down Park Avenue.

Read by Simon Williams (abridged by Mark Burgess)
Produced by David Blount

Copyright © Ian Fleming Publications Ltd 1963

Editor's note:
For 'Bond on Radio' posts featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Ian Fleming in Jamaica. © BBC Radio 4. All rights reserved.

Listen to the Ian Fleming's Thrilling Cities on BBC Radio 4:

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04lx1vq/episodes/guide

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3 SEPTEMBER 2014
THE FLEMING MINI-SERIES ON DVD IN SWEDEN

The miniseries Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond - starring Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator Ian Fleming (1908-1964) - is released on DVD in Sweden by Atlantic Film.

His name was Fleming. Ian Fleming. The man who created agent 007, James Bond. And whose own life after the war in London was at least as exciting, eventful and full of women, martini and song.

Episode 1 (45 minutes)
Goldeneye, Jamaica 1952 – a strikingly beautiful woman in scuba gear explores the reef in an azure blue sea. Gradually we see a figure closing in on her – with a harpoon gun. He fires. And beside her a huge squid explodes in a cloud of ink. This is Ann Fleming – and as they surface the shadowy figure, now helpless with laughter, reveals himself as her new husband, Ian. Later that night as Ian types ‘The End’ on to a large manuscript. James Bond has been born. In their bedroom Ann probes Ian. She is not sure she likes James Bond, and many of his attributes seem all too familiar. Is this Bond actually Ian – his ego? His shadow?

Episode 2 (45 minutes)
LISBON 1940, neutral territory, the British mingle with Nazis. And Fleming is with Godfrey and Monday on a diplomatic meeting between SIS, NID and their American counterparts. Conversation turns to the French Navy – and its head, ADMIRAL DARLAN. France is about to fall to the advancing Axis forces and the French Fleet is at risk of falling into Nazi hands. Fleming sees a Nazi officer gambling in the hotel casino with a beautiful woman at his side and sneaks off to join the game. He takes on the German Officer at the card tables, gambling with the Admiralty’s petty cash. And he loses spectacularly. The German has won and leaves with the Beautiful woman.

Episode 3 (45 minutes)
In a dark, atmospheric subterranean chamber, Ian silently moves in to dismantle a bomb. This is real James Bond territory. Suddenly all hell breaks lose and tracer fire whizzes through the air. They’ve been seen. The detonator explodes. A whistle blows and the lights come up. This was obviously a training exercise. And while Ian was fast, technically he’s dead.

Episode 4 (45 minutes)
Ian enters an office where Monday is working. He asks her to forge a signature – of Admiral Rushbrooke. When she refuses, he shows her his pen. An atomized spray shoots into her face and she collapses unconscious. He then lifts Rushbrooke’s signature and turns to address a group of people we didn’t realize were there, who include Donovan. The men are impressed. Although, when he brings her round with smelling salts, Monday is less so!

DVD details:
Original title: Fleming
Language and sound: English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian
Region: 2
Packaging: Box
Number of discs: 3 x DVD9
Studio: Atlantic Film

Editor's note:
The series was first aired in USA by BBC America and then in the UK by Sky Atlantic. In Sweden, the series was first aired by HBO Nordic.

Ian Fleming bibliography:
>Casino Royale (1953)
>Live and Let Die (1954)
>Moonraker (1955)
>Diamonds are forever (1956)
>From Russia With Love (1957)
>The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
>Dr. No (1958)
>Goldfinger (1959)
>For Your Eyes Only (1960)
>Thunderball (1961)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
>Thrilling Cities (1963)
>Ian Fleming introduces Jamaica (1963)
>You Only Live Twice (1964)
>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)
>The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
>Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Photo above:
DVD cover for Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. © 2014 Atlantic Film. All rights reserved.

Order the Scandinavian edition of Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond from FSWL:
jamesbond007.se/james-bond_detaljer.asp?id=2427

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10 MARCH 2014
FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND (DVD)

The 4-part series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond - starring Dominic Cooper as James Bond creator Ian Fleming (1908-1964) directed by Mat Whitecross - is released on DVD by 2entertain.

The series was first aired in USA by BBC America (from 29th January 2014) and then in the UK by Sky Atlantic (from 12th February 2014). In Sweden, the series was first aired by HBO Nordic (from 13th February 2014).

Episode 1 (Original Air Date: 29 January, 2014)
Goldeneye, Jamaica 1952 – a strikingly beautiful woman in scuba gear explores the reef in an azure blue sea. Gradually we see a figure closing in on her – with a harpoon gun. He fires. And beside her a huge squid explodes in a cloud of ink. This is Ann Fleming – and as they surface the shadowy figure, now helpless with laughter, reveals himself as her new husband, Ian. Later that night as Ian types ‘The End’ on to a large manuscript. James Bond has been born. In their bedroom Ann probes Ian. She is not sure she likes James Bond, and many of his attributes seem all too familiar. Is this Bond actually Ian – his ego? His shadow?

Episode 2 (Original Air Date: 5 February, 2014)
LISBON 1940, neutral territory, the British mingle with Nazis. And Fleming is with Godfrey and Monday on a diplomatic meeting between SIS, NID and their American counterparts. Conversation turns to the French Navy – and its head, ADMIRAL DARLAN. France is about to fall to the advancing Axis forces and the French Fleet is at risk of falling into Nazi hands. Fleming sees a Nazi officer gambling in the hotel casino with a beautiful woman at his side and sneaks off to join the game. He takes on the German Officer at the card tables, gambling with the Admiralty’s petty cash. And he loses spectacularly. The German has won and leaves with the Beautiful woman.

Episode 3 (Original Air Date: 12 February, 2014)
In a dark, atmospheric subterranean chamber, Ian silently moves in to dismantle a bomb. This is real James Bond territory. Suddenly all hell breaks lose and tracer fire whizzes through the air. They’ve been seen. The detonator explodes. A whistle blows and the lights come up. This was obviously a training exercise. And while Ian was fast, technically he’s dead.

Episode 4 (Original Air Date: 19 February, 2014)
Ian enters an office where Monday is working. He asks her to forge a signature – of Admiral Rushbrooke. When she refuses, he shows her his pen. An atomized spray shoots into her face and she collapses unconscious. He then lifts Rushbrooke’s signature and turns to address a group of people we didn’t realize were there, who include Donovan. The men are impressed. Although, when he brings her round with smelling salts, Monday is less so!

DVD details:
Actors: Dominic Cooper, Rupert Evans, Lara Pulver, Camilla Rutherford, Pip Torrens
Director: Mat Whitecross
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: 2entertain

Ian Fleming bibliography:
>Casino Royale (1953)
>Live and Let Die (1954)
>Moonraker (1955)
>Diamonds are forever (1956)
>From Russia With Love (1957)
>The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
>Dr. No (1958)
>Goldfinger (1959)
>For Your Eyes Only (1960)
>Thunderball (1961)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
>Thrilling Cities (1963)
>Ian Fleming introduces Jamaica (1963)
>You Only Live Twice (1964)
>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964)
>The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
>Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Photo above:
DVD cover for Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. © 2014 2entertain. All rights reserved.

Pre-order Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond from Amazon UK:

www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HR26MQK/fromswedenwit-21/

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13 FEBRUARY-6 MARCH 2014
FLEMING MINI SERIES PREMIERES ON HBO NORDIC

Ian Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, a new miniseries in four parts, premieres in Sweden on HBO Nordic on 13th February 2014. (Fleming is first broadcast by BBC America and Sky Atlantic HD where it premieres on 29th January.)

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond is a colorful portrait of Ian Fleming, the man who created agent 007. His own life was in many ways similarly eventful, exciting and full of sexual escapades like his famous character, James Bond.

There’s no questioning the iconic status of the man they call 007, but before his thrilling adventures hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming. Stylish and explosive – Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond tells the fascinating story of the man whose own life and escapades were the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in modern literature – James Bond. The new original four-part drama stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Fleming, a charming and sophisticated maverick, whose pleasure-seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the greatest spy the world has ever known. Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond premieres Wednesday, January 29, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville.

Set at the outbreak of WWII – mischievous playboy Ian Fleming is untroubled by the specter of impending war – chasing women, collecting rare books and living off his family fortune. Forever in the shadow of his brother Peter (Rupert Evans, World Without End), and an eternal disappointment to his formidable mother Eve (Lesley Manville, Maleficent), Fleming dreams of becoming the ‘ultimate’ man – a hero, a lover, a brute and the one who always gets the girl. He is finally given some direction in his life when he’s recruited by the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral John Godfrey (Samuel West, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), to help in the effort against the Nazis. Suddenly, Fleming finds his chance to shine and prove his worth.

At first, Fleming’s inclined to treat his new job in Naval Intelligence as a big adventure. But as he encounters the shocking consequences and challenges of war, he learns where his talents lie. With the somewhat skeptical support of tough-cookie Lieutenant Monday (Anna Chancellor, The Hour), Fleming’s ability to spin a tale makes him a perfect fit for espionage and quickly takes him from pushing paper to stealing secrets.

From the director of the BAFTA®-nominated Road to Guantanamo, Mat Whitecross, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond captures both the opulence of high society London and the suspense and intrigue behind enemy lines. Through mind-blowing escapades at home and abroad, Fleming risks his life. At the same time, the stakes increase as Fleming faces his own inner demons, battling to breakdown the walls within and open himself to love. His chance encounter with the captivating baroness, Ann O’Neill (Lara Pulver, Sherlock), becomes a passionate affair that shapes both their lives. While Bond fans will spot many a nod to the legendary agent, the series is ultimately a gripping account of a playboy spy and the woman who won his heart.

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond is the latest title to join BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville, the home of groundbreaking British drama. The Dramaville slate includes the channel’s hit series Broadchurch, Golden Globe®-winning mini-series Luther, Emmy® Award-winning mini-series The Hour, and the Golden Globe® nominated Burton & Taylor.

HD trailer for Fleming published December 10, 2013: (thanks to HBO Nordic)


About the actors:
Dominic Cooper (Ian Fleming)
Dominic (born 1978) is a rising star in Hollywood, having recently acted alongside Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfriend in "Mamma Mia" (2008), "The Duchess" (2008) with Kiera Knightly, and the "Captain America" franchise as Howard Stark. He can be seen starring alongside "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul in "Need for Speed" coming in 2014.

Lara Pulver (Ann O'Neill)
Lara (born 1980) has recently starred in an episode of BBC One's "Sherlock" as Irene Adler. She can also be seen in the well-received Starz series "Davinci's Demons" and HBO's True Blood.

Editor's note:
Fleming is the first drama about Ian Fleming since Bondmaker was produced in 2005.

Some of all James Bond documentaries are featured at From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Dominic Cooper (as Ian Fleming) in bed with Lara Pulver (Ann O'Neill) from the Fleming miniseries. © 2014 Ecosse Films. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website for the latest news on Fleming:

www.bbcamerica.com/fleming/

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29 JANUARY 2014
DOMINIC COOPER AS IAN FLEMING IN NEW SERIES

Dominic Cooper portrays the man behind 007, Ian Fleming (1908-1964), in the new four-part drama series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond which premieres 29th January 2014 on BBC America. (In the UK, the series premieres 12th February 2014 on Sky Atlantic HD, and in Sweden on HBO Nordic from 13th February 2014.)

Dominic Cooper (who appeared in Mamma Mia opposite Pierce Brosnan) is starring in Fleming, a brand new four-part drama about the life of celebrated James Bond creator, Ian Fleming, coming soon to Sky Atlantic HD.

Other talent now confirmed to star in the drama include Lara Pulver, Annabelle Wallis, Lesley Manville, Anna Chancellor, Samuel West and Rupert Evans.

Set against the permissive society of war-torn London, where the martinis were always flowing and beds always being swapped, the series explores the early life of the charming, enigmatic 007 author.

The outbreak of World War II saw the young Fleming working as an unsuccessful stockbroker, with a failed army career behind him and living off his rich family while indulging in the very Bond-esque passions of womanising, alcohol and erotic literature.

It wasn’t until Fleming was forced to join the Naval Intelligence that he found his true calling. Using his mischievous sense of humour, sharp charm and vivid imagination, Fleming was responsible for some of the most outrageously dangerous counter intelligence mission against the Nazis – honing his inspiration for Bond in the process.

About landing the role, Dominic Cooper said: "Stepping into the shoes of the spy who not only created the enigmatic character of 007, but who fantasised about being him, has to be every actor's dream. I am honoured."

Laura Pulver (Sherlock, Da Vinci's Demons, Spooks) will star as Ann O'Neill, the elegant Baroness whose wartime meeting with Ian Fleming was to alter the course of the rest of both of their lives. Ann is not the only woman in Fleming's life, however, and we meet Muriel (Annabelle Wallis, Pan Am, The Tudors), who in contrast to Ann is an innocent tomboy who proves irresistible to the young Fleming.

Official synopsis for the first episode:
"Goldeneye, Jamaica 1952 - Ian Fleming has just put the finishing touches to a manuscript called Casino Royale. His new wife Ann notices many of the protagonist's attributes seem all too familiar - is this James Bond actually Ian? His ego? His shadow?

Back in London, 1938, Ian is a dissolute playboy, eclipsed by his dead war hero father and brother Peter, a successful author. With war looming and London in a hedonistic state, Ian is propping up the bar at a jazz club when he meets Ann O'Neill, a wealthy and connected socialite who - unlike many of his conquests - is more than a match for him. But she already has a husband, Lord O'Neill, and a lover, Esmond Rothermere. Instead, he finds solace in the arms of a sweet and sexy dispatch rider named Muriel Wright.

After a frosty morning-after encounter with Muriel, Ian's domineering mother Evelyn secures him a job assisting Naval Intelligence's Rear Admiral John Godfrey. Ian is put to work at The Admiralty, whipping the team into shape with his charm and confidence. He even manages to impress Godfrey's no-nonsense secretary, Second Officer Monday. But Fleming quickly incurs Godfrey's wrath when he cooks up an unorthodox scheme to get information from two captured German submariners. However his valuable findings make it apparent that an imaginative approach could be just what the war effort requires."

Reviews of the series in American press:
>Los Angeles Times (January 29, 2014)
>New York Times (January 28, 2014)
>USA Today (January 28, 2014)
>Variety (January 24, 2014)

Editor's note:
Fleming is the first drama about Ian Fleming since Bondmaker was produced in 2005.

Some of all James Bond documentaries are featured at From Sweden with Love, click here.

Extended trailer for Fleming published December 23, 2013: (thanks to BBC America)


New trailer for Fleming published December 20, 2013: (thanks to Sky Atlantic)


HD trailer for Fleming published December 10, 2013: (thanks to HBO Nordic)


Watch the teaser trailer for Fleming published July 1, 2013:


Photo above:
Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming, with Lara Pulver as Ann O’Neill, in a PR photo for the new Fleming series. © 2013 Ecosse Films. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website for the latest news on Fleming:

www.bbcamerica.com/fleming/

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15 NOVEMBER 2013
IAN FLEMING PORTRAIT BY AMHERST VILLIERS

A limited edition giclée print of the only formal portrait of Ian Fleming, painted in 1962 by Charles Amherst Villiers (a close friend of Fleming's), is now exclusively available from Adrian Harrington Rare Books in London.

The painting was used as a frontispiece to the signed limited edition On Her Majesty's Secret Service, first published by Jonathan Cape in 1963, and has subsequently hung in the National Portrait Gallery, and The Fleming Collection Art Gallery in London on 13 Berkeley Street. (The Fleming Collection now have it in storage, and may re-hang it in the future.)

Details:
Dimensions: 24 x 30 inch (circa 61 x 76 cm)
Printed on high quality art paper
Price: 89.95 GBP (from the UK) / 120 USD (from the US)

US inquiries: Contact Brad Frank at bradfrank007(a)yahoo.com

Editor's note:
FSWL has bought a printed copy of the original Ian Fleming painting and we absolutely love it, and now without doubt one of the front pieces in our collection. As much as we love the James Bond actors, their lives wouldn't have been the same without Fleming.

In 2009, Paul Kenny's excellent book The Man Who Supercharged Bond, the extraordinary story of Charles Amherst Villiers, was published by J H Haynes & Co Ltd.

For posts featuring Ian Fleming's novel on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Our good friend Brad Frank next to the original portrait of Ian Fleming by Charles Amherst Villiers in London (the limited edition prints are virtually the same size as the original). © 2013 From Sweden with Love.

Order the limited edition giclée print of the only formal portrait of Ian Fleming:

www.jamesbondfirsteditions.com/shop/jamesbond/41182.html

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JULY 2013
SPYMAKER (1990) STARRING JASON CONNERY ON DVD

The 1990 film The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaker) is finally (previously only available on VHS) released on DVD as a Made To Order DVD and manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available.
>Order Spymaker from Movie Zyng


Torrid love affairs. Elegant and erotic women. Spine-tingling espionage. Exotic locales. Diabolical villains. The man who created James Bond, Ian Fleming (played by Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery), actually lived the most exciting spy thriller of all.

His adventures span the world - from Russia (with love and betrayal) to a top-secret Nazi fortress, where he defeats the enemy on His Majesty's secret service.

Born into an aristocratic English family, Fleming had the sexual exploits and talent for danger and intrigue that made him destined for a life of a hero and spy. He single-handedly outwits Soviet intelligence, foils an S.S. monster at a glamorous casino, steals the secrets of the German high command and storms an enemy stronghold against impossible odds. Evil adversaries are no match for his strength and cunning. The fastest cars. The most desirable women. The most hazardous missions. A sizzling, action-packed adventure of the life of the man who created James Bond: Fleming. Ian Fleming.


Film/DVD details:
Genre: Adventure
Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
Cast: Jason Connery, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joss Ackland, Patricia Hodge, David Warner, Colin Welland, Fiona Fullerton, Richard Johnson
Theatrical Release Date: March 5, 1990
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 full frame (Original aspect ratio - 1.37:1)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital
Box Type: Amaray Case
Price: 20.99 USD

Editor's note:
Spymaker was first broadcast on Swedish television by TV4 on March 3, 1995 with the title En spions historia.

Fiona Fullerton, who portrays Ian Fleming's mother (Lady Caroline) in the film, portrayed 'Bond Girl' Pola Ivanova in the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill.

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DVD cover of Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming. © 2013 Warner Archive. All rights reserved.

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9 MAY 2012
POPPIES ARE ALSO FLOWERS BY IAN FLEMING

Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966), a film by 007 director Terence Young based on a story by James Bond creator Ian Fleming, is released on DVD in Sweden by Studio S Entertainment.

Super-star action in unmistakable Ian Fleming-style, exotic locations, beautiful women, dry humour, and a breathtaking climax!

The place is Tehran, where two British agents are sent to investigate the murder of a colleague who was infiltrated in drug circles. By impregnating a large portion of opium with radiation hopes are made to track the cargo to its final destination in Europe, and blow up the world's most powerful drug syndicates.

The film is directed by Terence Young who directed three of the best Bond films – Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

Film details:
Swedish title: Operation opium
Running time: 1 hour 31 minutes
Countries: USA/Frankrike/Österrike
Year of production: 1966
Director: Terence Young
Actors: Yul Brynner, Angie Dickinson, Rita Hayworth, Trevor Howard, E.G. Marshall, Marcello Mastroianni, Harold Sakata ("Oddjob" in Goldfinger (1964)), Omar Sharif, Eli Wallach
Aspect ratio: 4x3 (1.37:1)
Sound: Stereo
Age: PG-15
Product number: S307
Released on DVD in Sweden: 2012-05-09

”ONE OF THE MOST STAR-FILLED MOVIES EVER MADE!” -Aftonbladet

Editor's note:
In April 2012, Studio S Entertainment released a new Swedish DVD edition of Roger Moore's film North Sea Hijack.

For other Bond related news presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Find out where you can but this DVD on Studio S Entertainment's website:

www.studiosentertainment.se/wholesale/

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11 APRIL 2012
AGE OF HEROES (2011) WITH IAN FLEMING ON DVD

Age of Heroes (2011) starring Sean Bean - Alec Trevelyan/006 in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye (1995) - is released in Sweden by SF Home Entertainment on 11th April 2012. (First released on DVD in the UK on 13th June 2011.)

Age of Heroes is an all-guns-blazing, World War II action film based on the incredible true story of the British special ops division 30 Commando, starring Sean Bean and Danny Dyer. Following the first mission of this elite unit, formed by 'James Bond' author Ian Fleming (played by James D´Arcy) and a precursor to the modern day SAS, AGE OF HEROES' 30 Commando take on the might of the Fuhrer's armed forces in a thrilling life-or-death operation.

The film follows the exploits of Corporal Rains (Dyer) as he is inducted into Fleming's newly formed 30 Commando, where he and the rest of the platoon are put through intensive training under the watchful eye of Sean Bean's Major Jones. Their skills and endurance are pushed to the limit as they prepare for their first highly classified and dangerous mission: to parachute into occupied Norway and capture vital radar technology that is key to winning the war. But the plan goes spectacularly wrong, and the commandos find themselves in a pitched battle to reach the border as vicious Nazi Commander Teichman (Eric Madsen) and the Germans' deadly 5th Alpine Division tighten the noose.

Film details:
Genre: Action / War
DVD release date: 11th April 2012
Classification: PG-15
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Duration : 90 minutes
Number of Discs: 1
Production Company: Atlantic Swiss Productions

Director: Adrian Vitoria
Cast: Sean Bean, James D'Arcy, Danny Dyer, Izabella Miko and others

Editor's note:
Check out the book Ian Fleming's Secret War by Craig Cabell, it reveals both the history of 30 Assault Unit and Fleming's role.

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Swedish DVD cover for Age of Heroes (2011). © Atlantic Swiss Productions. All rights reserved.

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19 OCTOBER 2008
IAN FLEMING: WHERE BOND BEGAN ON BBC ONE

The documentary Ian Fleming: Where Bond began airs on BBC1 at 6.10pm.

Former Bond girl Joanna Lumley investigates the life of Ian Fleming to coincide with the centenary of his birth and this weekend’s UK release of the 22nd Bond movie.

On a journey which takes her from London to Jamaica, driving Aston Martins, firing Berettas and being surrounded by £24m-worth of diamonds, Joanna discovers how Fleming poured his personal experiences of war-time espionage, love, luxury and death into his most alluring literary creation, James Bond.

Directed and produced by Louise Hooper.

A Modern Television production.

Below:
Exclusive photo from the filming on Fleming’s beach at Goldeneye. © Ian Fleming Publications.

Watch the documentary Ian Fleming: Where Bond began on BBC's website:

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00f60kt

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6 NOVEMBER 2006
BONDMAKER (2005) ON VIASAT HISTORY

Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (Swedish title: Bondmannen Ian Fleming) is broadcast on Viasat History at 9:00pm.

Ian Fleming: Bondmaker tells the extraordinary true life story of Ian Fleming; the creator of James Bond, one of the great icons of 20th century culture. The film takes a bold and innovative approach to dramatising the story of the author’s life, by using Fleming’s own words. Shot on location in the UK and Jamaica, the film explores the relationship between Ian Fleming’s life and the legend that is James Bond.

Award-winning actor Ben Daniels (Cutting It, Conspiracy) brings the author to life. The film also stars Emily Woof (The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse, School for Seduction, The Full Monty) as Ian’s wife, Ann, and Pip Torrens (The Government Inspector, The Rotters Club) as Ian’s close friend and Jamaican neighbour, Noel Coward.

Watch promo trailer for Bondmaker:


Director: John Alexander
Running time: 60 min
Genre: Drama documentary
Production countries: UK and Jamaica (Filmed in 2005)
Producer: Wall to Wall

(First aired on BBC One August 28, 2005.)

Actors::
Ben Daniels as Ian Fleming
Emily Woof as Ann Fleming
Pip Torrens as Noel Coward
Nickolas Grace as William Plomer
Emma Darwall-Smith as Muriel Wright
Annabel Leventon as Eve Fleming
Peter Penry-Jones as Admiral Godfrey
William Scott-Masson as Esmond Rothermere
Richard Cant as Shane O'Neill
Richard Heffer as Rickatson Hatt
Steven Beckingham as Robin Kinkead
Christopher Good as Doctor
George Asprey as Officer
Julian Firth as Man Mocking Bond
Alan Mckenna as Mortuary Attendant

Review: (by Anders Frejdh originally written on behalf of Viasat History)

"The film is well worth seeing and a very thorough and detailed description about James Bond's creator Ian Fleming, a genuinely interesting look is given about the man's multi-faced life. It is made in a clever way with real-life quotes from the man himself mixed quotes from his incredibly successful Bond novels. The background for the novel series comes thru in a nice pace but it's impossible to neglect the strange but fascinating life Fleming lived. How the marriage to his biggest love was adventured by the writings and success with James Bond.

The piece is filmed in both Fleming's privately built summer house in Jamaica, named Goldeneye, and also in London which gives a sense of both pleasure and obligation. If anyone ever wonders if Fleming ever had plans to kill James Bond you will get to know it here."

Editor's note:
For other James Bond documentaries featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For more information about Viasat History, visit the official website:

www.viasat.se/content/viasats-dokumentärkanaler

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James Bond : From Sweden with Love

From Sweden with Love (FSWL) is entirely dedicated to Agent 007 and his creator Ian Fleming. We have been studying the phenomenon for more than 30 years. FSWL started as a personal examination of the fictive agent but has developed and progressed now featuring exclusive interviews, Bond news in Swedish media, book and film reviews, meetings with Bond stars who have appeared in or worked on the James Bond films, database with our 007 collection featuring thousands of items, articles and travel stories from the world of 007, competitions, webshop featuring Swedish film posters, the films on Blu-ray and the soundtracks on CD.

Sweden have been represented by (00)7 Bond girls - Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Anne Lonnberg (Anne's father is Swedish), Mary Stavin, Kristina Wayborn, Izabella Scorupco and Eva Green (Eva's father is Swedish).
Dolph Lundgren and stuntman Lars Lundgren have also appeared in the Bond film series. Two other Swedish actors , Ola Rapace and Jens Hultén, appeared in the 23rd adventure, Skyfall (2012) (2012), with Per Hallberg supervising the sound which gave him an Oscar®.

FSWL's vision is to focus on the phenomenon from a Swedish point of view. We have a serious passion (not interested in rumours) for the fictional hero created by Ian Fleming in 1952 when he wrote the first James Bond novel - Casino Royale.

FSWL is also a tribute to producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli for adapting Ian Fleming's novels into films.

All James Bond 007 films: (1962 - 2015)
Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring David Niven
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig

(Note: Film abbreviations are sometimes used in the text on FSWL.)

All James Bond 007 novels and short stories: (1953 - 2017)
Casino Royale (1953) by Ian Fleming
Live and Let Die (1954) by Ian Fleming
Moonraker (1955) by Ian Fleming
Diamonds are Forever (1956) by Ian Fleming
From Russia With Love (1957) by Ian Fleming
Dr. No (1958) by Ian Fleming
Goldfinger (1959) by Ian Fleming
For Your Eyes Only (1960) by Ian Fleming
Thunderball (1961) by Ian Fleming
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) by Ian Fleming
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) by Ian Fleming
You Only Live Twice (1964) by Ian Fleming
The Man with the Golden Gun (1965) by Ian Fleming
Fallet James Bond (1965) by Kingsley Amis
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) by Ian Fleming
Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis
The Authorised Biography of James Bond (1973) by John Pearson
James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) by Christopher Wood
James Bond and Moonraker (1979) by Christopher Wood
Licence Renewed (1981) by John Gardner
For Special Services (1982) by John Gardner
Icebreaker (1983) by John Gardner
Role Of Honour (1984) by John Gardner
Nobody lives forever (1986) by John Gardner
No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987) by John Gardner
Scorpius (1988) by John Gardner
Win, Lose or Die (1989) by John Gardner
Brokenclaw (1990) by John Gardner
Licence to Kill (1990) by John Gardner
The Man From Barbarossa (1991) by John Gardner
Death is Forever (1992) by John Gardner
Never Send Flowers (1993) by John Gardner
Sea Fire (1994) by John Gardner
Cold (1996) by John Gardner
GoldenEye (1996) by John Gardner
Zero Minus Ten (1997) by Raymond Benson
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) by Raymond Benson
Blast From the Past (1997) by Raymond Benson
The Facts Of Death (1998) by Raymond Benson
High Time To Kill (1999) by Raymond Benson
Midsummer night's doom (1999) by Raymond Benson
The World Is Not Enough (1999) by Raymond Benson
Live at Five (1999) by Raymond Benson
Doubleshot (2000) by Raymond Benson
Never Dream Of Dying (2001) by Raymond Benson
Die another day (2002) by Raymond Benson
The Man with the Red Tattoo (2002) by Raymond Benson
Silverfin (2005) by Charlie Higson
Guardian Angel (2005) by Kate Westbrook
Blood Fever (2006) by Charlie Higson
Secret Servant (2006) by Kate Westbrook
Double Or Die (2007) by Charlie Higson
Hurricane Gold (2007) by Charlie Higson
Final Fling (2008) by Kate Westbrook
Devil May Care (2008) by Sebastian Faulks
By Royal Command (2008) by Charlie Higson
Carte Blanche (2011) by Jeffery Deaver
Solo (2013) by William Boyd
Shoot to Kill (2014) by Steve Cole
Trigger Mortis (2015) by Anthony Horowitz
Heads You Die (2016) by Steve Cole
Strike Lightning (2016) by Steve Cole
Red Nemesis (2017) by Steve Cole

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