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Ian Fleming's James Bond written by John Griswold

By: FSWL team
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An updated and expanded edition of John Griswold's unique book Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories, now including many illustrations by George Almond and clearer translations of foreign terms, is published.
Update: John Griswold was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in early 2010. Upon the tragic news, the family decided to sell John's collection of Ian Fleming and James Bond Memorabilia. On May 29th, 2016, John most sadly passed away aged 65.
Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories is officially approved by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (formerly Glidrose), with a Preface by Andrew Lycett and Forewords by Zoe Watkins, Publishing Manager, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.; Raymond Benson, author of The James Bond Bedside Companion, six original 007 novels, and numerous non-Bond novels.

This book is the result of analysis of each of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. Within are glossaries of applicable terminology and references with detailed chronologies of events including annotations.

Detailed chronologies of events are represented at a day-of-week, month, day, year, and time-of-day level.

Glossaries contain translations of foreign terms, annotations, and other information of interest such as detailed information on the origin of Scaramanga’s name (The Man with the Golden Gun).

Maps have been created for many of the novels along with in-depth information concerning specific topics such as, the Moonraker (1955) bridge game and the Goldfinger (1959) golf game.

In many instances, monetary amounts have been converted to their 2001 purchasing power equivalent.

Differences found between published versions and the original Fleming manuscripts archived at Indiana University’s Lilly Library have been noted.

Book details:
Paperback: 476 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1425931006
ISBN-13: 978-1425931001
Format: 27.6 x 21 x 3 cm

Review by FSWL contributor Gary J. Firuta:
Did you ever read a book and, when the author off-handedly throws in an expression or a reference to something obscure, wonder if it is a bit of fact or fiction? What does that foreign phrase translate to? What would be that monetary amount be at today's rates? Was there really a full moon on that day?

Well, Ian Fleming was well-known for being the master of detail when he wrote the 21 adventures of James Bond; and John Griswold has written what must be considered the absolute companion for the literary world of Secret Agent 007.

Mr. Griswold seems to have explored every possible detail of Fleming's Bond and has produced a table book that is both academic for the hardcore fan and, yet, entertaining for the novice that just wonders what all the fuss was, and still is, about Mr. Fleming's writings that made him one of the most famous authors of the 20th century (and, with the release of the latest motion picure, Casino Royale, heavily based on the first novel, a merit that now stems into the 21st century).

With researched detail that would rival Mr. Fleming, author John Griswold shows us that there is much more fact than fiction in the incredible world of James Bond. Full of surprises, the book is a labour of love that should be both informative and fun for anyone.

Nobody has done it better!

About the author:
John Griswold brings a life-long interest in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and short stories to the writing of this book. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Deborah and their two cats, Ted and Trevor.

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