Ian Fleming

Casino Royale

November 25th, 2016 by

Casino Royale is Ian Fleming’s first novel and introduced James Bond to the world. It also introduced Bond’s his tastes and vices in a vivid writing style that led to the accusation of “sex, sadism and snobbery”. Author: Ian Fleming Publication date: 13th April 1953 Publisher: Jonathan Cape Cover artist: Kenneth Lewis Contents What we say Locations Supporting cast […]

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Casino Royale named among 5 most expensive first editions of 20th century

November 5th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming joins Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkien, F Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce as the five twentieth century authors whose first editions are most expensive. Casino Royale lies fourth in that list, after Joyce’s Ulysses ($460,500), Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby ($300,000), Tolkien’s The Hobbit ($210,500) and ahead of Hemingway’s In Our Time ($25,000). Remember though that […]

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House with links to Ian Fleming on sale for $2.9 million

November 1st, 2016 by

A house owned by a close friend of Ian Fleming has gone on sale for $2.9 million.  Above: Andrew Lycett’s biography of Ian Fleming Fleming knew Ivar Bryce from his schooldays and Bryce and his wife, heiress Josephine Hartford, bought the colonial style mansion on Long Island in 1936. Like Fleming, Bryce worked in intelligence during the […]

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£3M asking price for property owned by friend of Ian Fleming

August 17th, 2016 by

Any James Bond fan with a spare £3 million might want to take a look at Black Hole Farm in Vermont. The estate was owned by the wife of Ian Fleming’s friend, Ivar Bryce. The pair met as children and became lifelong friends. Fleming visited Black Hole Farm on numerous occasions and used it as […]

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Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death [1964]

August 12th, 2016 by

James Bond’s creator, one time naval intelligence officer, journalist and author Ian Lancaster Fleming, died of a heart attack in the early hours of 12th August 1964, his only son’s birthday. After a lifetime of heavy drinking and smoking and a reluctance to cut down on the vices he so much enjoyed, Fleming collapsed after dining at […]

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Into the Lion’s Mouth published today in US

June 14th, 2016 by

Today sees the release of an espionage book that seems so highly improbable it could only be true. Into the Lion’s Mouth by Larry Loftis is about Dusko Popov’s exploits during the Second World War, when he gained valuable intelligence for the allies while misleading Nazi Germany. Buy from Amazon or Amazon UK Popov was […]

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Birthday of Ian Fleming [1908]

May 28th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming, wartime intelligence officer, journalist and creator of James Bond, was born in London on 28th May 1908.

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Thrilling Cities series planned for TV

May 16th, 2016 by

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter about his exit from TV show NCIS, Michael Weatherly revealed his production company is working on bringing Ian Fleming’s Thrilling Cities to the small screen. Buy from Amazon UK or Amazon.com The book was originally written by Fleming for a series in the Sunday Times and later compiled into a book. […]

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Ian Fleming evening at WhitLit in May

April 29th, 2016 by

Whitstable Literary Festival will this year focus on Ian Fleming and his Kent connections, as well as thrilling contemporary spy stories and tales of real life espionage from Guy Burgess to Bletchley Park. The highlight of WhitLit 2016 will be a special Ian Fleming evening on Friday 13th May with his biographers Andrew Lycett and Matthew Parker as well as Fleming’s step-daughter, Fionn […]

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Ian Fleming’s literary agent Peter Janson-Smith dies at 93

April 16th, 2016 by

The James Bond Books - a variety of paperback editions

I was sad to read Raymond Benson’s Facebook post that Ian Fleming’s literary agent, Peter Janson-Smith, has died at the age of 93. Janson-Smith became Fleming’s literary agent in 1956 and was tasked with the foreign translation rights of the James Bond books. As well as acting as agent to Fleming, Janson-Smith also represented thriller […]

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