Ian Fleming on Desert Island Disks

On Monday 5th August 1963, Ian Fleming was the guest on Roy Plomley’s Desert Island Disks, a long-running show on BBC radio that was first broadcast on 29 January 1942 and still runs today.

The premise of the programme is simple; each week a famous guest (“castaway”) chooses eight pieces of music, as well as a book and a luxury item that they would choose to have with them if stranded on a dessert island. The BBC website lists Fleming’s choices, which are listed below, although the actual show that he appeared on is not available to listen to online.

  • Cecilia – “Whispering” Jack Smith
  • Dinah – The Revellers
  • La Vie en Rose – Édith Piaf
  • If I Didn’t Care – The Ink Spots
  • This Ole House – Rosemary Clooney
  • Theme from A Summer Place – Billy Vaughn
  • The Harry Lime Theme (from The Third Man) – Anton Karas
  • The Darktown Strutters Ball – Joe “Fingers” Carr
  • Book: War and Peace in German by Leo Tolstoy
  • Luxury item: Typewriter and paper

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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