Ian Fleming

Birthday of Ian Fleming [1908]

May 28th, 2017 by

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

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How much does James Bond earn?

April 21st, 2017 by

In chapter 1 of Moonraker James Bond is in his office ploughing through a mound of paperwork. Fleming tells us a little about Bond’s routine while in London between assignments. He also tells us his income: He earned £1500 a year, the salary of a Principal Officer in the Civil Service, and he had a […]

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Anniversary of Dr No publication in UK [1958]

March 31st, 2017 by

After nearly being killed at the end of From Russia With Love, M sends 007 to Jamaica on what he believes will be a holiday for the agent.

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Wedding anniversary of Ian Fleming [1952]

March 24th, 2017 by

Ian Fleming finally married Ann Rothermere in Jamaica on 24th March 1952 after an affair that lasted for years. Buy from Amazon UK or Amazon.com After her second husband finally divorced her in 1951 and finding herself pregnant Ann finally persuaded Fleming to end his bachelor days. It was while staying at his home in Goldeneye that […]

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Anniversary of You Only Live Twice publication in UK [1964]

March 16th, 2017 by

Following the murder of Tracy shortly after their marriage, James Bond is sent to Japan on what M believes will be a straightforward assignment. However, there he discovers his arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. 

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Casino Royale novel

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 Friends & […]

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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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