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Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on 28 May 1908 and was educated at Eton College before spending a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters news agency, followed by a brief spell as a stockbroker. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey, where he played a key part in British and Allied espionage operations. After the war he joined Kemsley Newspapers as Foreign Manager of the Sunday Times, running a network of correspondents who were intimately involved in the Cold War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and introduced James Bond, Special Agent 007, to the world. The first print run sold out within a month. Following this initial success, he published a Bond title every year until his death. His own travels, interests and wartime experience gave authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler hailed him as 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.' The fifth title, From Russia with Love, was particularly well received and sales soared when President Kennedy named it as one of his favourite books. The Bond novels have sold more than sixty million copies and inspired a hugely successful film franchise which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No starring Sean Connery as 007. The Bond books were written in Jamaica, a country Fleming fell in love with during the war and where he built a house, 'Goldeneye'. He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only child Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming died of heart failure on 12 August 1964, aged fifty-six.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Ian Fleming

Casino Royale James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1953, Casino Royale is the first of Fleming's 007 adventures. A game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2012
Live and Let Die James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Live and Let Die James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1954, the second Bond novel takes him from Harlem to Jamaica in a frenzied hunt for the brilliant deadly gangster Mr Big and his macabre network of associates.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
Moonraker James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Moonraker James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1955, Moonraker is the third Bond novel. 'For several minutes he stood speechless, his eyes dazzled by the terrible beauty of the greatest weapon on earth.'He's a self-made millionaire, head of the Moonraker rocket programme and loved by...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
Diamonds are Forever James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Diamonds are Forever James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1956, Diamonds are Forever is the fourth Bond novel. From the diamond mines of Sierra Leone to the jewellers of Hatton Garden, from race track to casino, Bond must infiltrate and destroy the criminal network of the Spangled...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
From Russia with Love James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
From Russia with Love James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1957, Fleming's fifth 007 novel finds Bond enmeshed in a deadly game of cross and double cross. A beautiful Soviet spy. A brand-new Spektor cipher machine. Smersh has set an irresistible trap that threatens the entire Secret Service.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
Dr. No James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Dr. No James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1958, Dr No is the sixth Bond novel. Crab Key island is desolate and remote. So why is Dr No defending it so ruthlessly? Only Bond can uncover the truth.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2012
Goldfinger James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Goldfinger James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1959, Fleming's seventh 007 novel sees Bond on the trail of a criminal mastermind - Auric Goldfinger. But greed and power have created a deadly opponent who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
For Your Eyes Only James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
For Your Eyes Only James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1960, the eighth Bond is a collection of short stories. Five missions. Five glimpses into the mind of a spy. From Jamaican estates to brooding French forests, Bond is tested to his limits by the world's most dangerous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
Thunderball James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Thunderball James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1961, this is Fleming's ninth 007 adventure. Spectre is a merciless new enemy - a group of the world's toughest criminals, headed by the brilliant Ernst Stavro Blofeld. When two NATO atom bombs go missing, Bond must unravel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2012
The Spy Who Loved Me James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
The Spy Who Loved Me James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1962, Ian Fleming's tenth 007 novel is a unique view of Bond through the eyes of a woman who loves him. Vivienne Michel is running away - from pain, from rejection, from humiliation. When she stumbles into a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
You Only Live Twice James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
You Only Live Twice James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1964, this is Ian Fleming's twelfth 007 adventure. Doctor Guntram Shatterhand's Garden of Death is a magnet for suicides from all over Japan. James Bond - grief-stricken and erratic - must kill him to save his career in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
The Man with the Golden Gun James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
The Man with the Golden Gun James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1965, Ian Fleming's thirteenth and final 007 novel is a fitting tribute to a unique British hero.After a year missing in action, Bond is back ...brainwashed by the KGB and on a mission to assassinate M. To prove...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2012
Octopussy & The Living Daylights James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
Octopussy & The Living Daylights James Bond 007
Ian Fleming
Published in 1966, the fourteenth and final James Bond book. Four classic moments in the life of a spy. From avenging the wartime murder of a friend to sniper duty on the East-West Berlin border, this title features stories in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2012

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