Ian Fleming

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Ian Fleming

Biography

Date of birth: 28 May 1908

Date of death: 12 August 1964

Ian Fleming was an English author famous for his series of novels surrounding perhaps the most famous (fictional) spy in history, James Bond. Born in London, he was educated at Eton College as well as abroad at universities in Germany and Austria. After studying he worked at Reuters news agency and as a stockbroker. During World War II, he worked as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London. It was through his experiences during the war and his career in journalism that many of the ideas for characters and incidents during the Bond series were created.

Fleming was 43 when he wrote the first James Bond book, Casino Royale, in about two months at his house in Jamaica. Another thirteen books followed as well as a hugely successful series of films, two of which (Dr. No and From Russia With Love) he lived to see. He also wrote the children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for his son Caspar while recovering from a heart attack in 1962. He died two years later, aged 56, at Sandwich in Kent.

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Casino Royale

Casino Royale

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'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' In "Casino Royale", the first of Fleming's 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down...
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Casino Royale: James Bond 007

Casino Royale: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' In "Casino Royale", the first... Read more

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Live and Let Die: James Bond 007

Live and Let Die: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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'You start to die the moment you are born' Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming's second 007 novel, takes Bond from Harlem to Jamaica in a... Read more

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Moonraker: James Bond 007

Moonraker: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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This title comes with a new introduction by Susan Hill. 'For several minutes he stood speechless, his eyes dazzled by the terrible beauty of the... Read more

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Diamonds are Forever: James Bond 007

Diamonds are Forever: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 336 pages
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'The twentieth century looked out at him from the piece of newsprint and bared its teeth in a sneer' From the diamond mines of Sierra Leone... Read more

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From Russia with Love: James Bond 007

From Russia with Love: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 384 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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'We are here to find a target who will fulfil our requirements. Someone who is admired and whose ignominious destruction would cause dismay'... Read more

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Dr. No: James Bond 007

Dr. No: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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'The first shot had been fired. There would be others. And whose finger was on the trigger? Who had got him so accurately in their sights?'... Read more

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Goldfinger: James Bond 007

Goldfinger: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY KATE MOSSE 'You're stale, tired of having to be tough. You want a change. You've seen too much death' In... Read more

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For Your Eyes Only: James Bond 007

For Your Eyes Only: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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From a View to A Kill. For Your Eyes Only. Quantum of Solace. Risico. The Hildebrand Rarity. 'Private armies, private wars. How much energy they... Read more

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Thunderball: James Bond 007

Thunderball: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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'He was one of those men - one meets perhaps only two or three in a lifetime - who seem almost to suck the eyes out of your head. He was their... Read more

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The Spy Who Loved Me: James Bond 007

The Spy Who Loved Me: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 240 pages
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This title comes with a new introduction by Douglas Kennedy. 'You take a wrong step, play the wrong card in Fate's game, and you're lost... Read more

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service: James Bond 007

On Her Majesty's Secret Service: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 368 pages
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With a new introduction by Stella Rimington. 'He was a man with years of dirty, dangerous memories - a spy.' James Bond has had enough.... Read more

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You Only Live Twice: James Bond 007

You Only Live Twice: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 304 pages
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'You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face' Doctor Guntram Shatterhand's "Garden of... Read more

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The Man with the Golden Gun: James Bond 007

The Man with the Golden Gun: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 224 pages
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'Mister, there's something quite extra about the smell of death. Care to try it?' After a year missing in action, Bond is back... Read more

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Octopussy & The Living Daylights: James Bond 007

Octopussy & The Living Daylights: James Bond 007 (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming

Format: Paperback 144 pages
Published: 06/09/2012
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This title comes with a new introduction by Sam Leith Octopussy. The Property of a Lady. The Living Daylights. 007 in New York. 'This was going... Read more

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Paperback)

by Ian Fleming, et al.

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 24/05/2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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'Crackpot' is what everybody calls the Pott family. So when they go to buy a new car and come back with a WRECK, nobody is surprised. Except... Read more

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