Ian Fleming ensured his immortality when he sat down while on holiday in Jamaica and started to write his first novel, allegedly to take his mind of his imminent marriage to Ann Rothermere in 1952.
The book was Casino Royale and by introducing the world to his hero, James Bond, Fleming created the most enduring icon of the 20th century.
His writing style was influenced heavily by his career as a journalist, full of detail that managed to ground the more fantastic elements in reality, even when that detail turned out, on occasion, to be incorrect.
2008 marks the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth an event that is being celebrated by events ranging from a new James Bond book to an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.
While the literary character has long been overshadowed by his cinematic incarnation, it is time to redress the balance and introduce more of the book-reading world to Fleming’s works.
Follow the links below to read more about the world of James Bond from the pen – or at least typewriter – of Ian Fleming.
James Bond novels
Casino Royale (1953)
Live And Let Die (1954)
Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
From Russia With Love (1957)
Doctor No (1958)
For Your Eyes Only (1960)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
You Only Live Twice (1964)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1965)
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