Diamonds Are Forever manuscript expected to raise £80,000

A manuscript of Diamonds Are Forever with Ian Fleming’s hand written corrections is expected to raise £80,000 when it comes up for auction at Sotherby’s later this month, according to an article in the Telegraph.

The manuscript was typed by Fleming’s secretary, Ulrica Knowles, and includes substantial hand written corrections on nearly every page, including the deletion of whole passages. One of the changes made is to a character’s name; Mr Kidd was originally named Boofy Gore by Fleming after one of his friends, Arthur Gore, often known as “Boofy”. Fleming made the change after Gore objected.

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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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