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110 Years Since James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Was Born

By: Anders Frejdh
Ian Fleming GoldenEye Jamaica
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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