May 28th – The Ian Fleming centenary

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. After a hugely successful career in Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, which included writing a blueprint for what was to become the CIA, Fleming sat down to write “the spy story to end all spy stories” at his holiday home in Jamaica in 1952. Taking just six weeks to write, Casino Royale was published the following year and introduced the world to James Bond, 007.

To celebrate the importance to today’s date, Ian Fleming Publications and Penguin have published a new novel, Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks, which was launched to great fanfare in London today after being kept tightly under wraps.

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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