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Ian Fleming - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Ian Fleming

Casino Royale James Bond 007

Casino Royale James Bond 007

Author: Ian Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.'

Dr. No James Bond 007

Dr. No James Bond 007

Author: Ian Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

'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?'

Thunderball James Bond 007

Thunderball James Bond 007

Author: Ian Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

'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 Supreme Commander - almost their god'

You Only Live Twice James Bond 007

You Only Live Twice James Bond 007

Author: Ian Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

'You only live twice: Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face'

The Man with the Golden Gun James Bond 007

The Man with the Golden Gun James Bond 007

Author: Ian Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

'Mister, there's something quite extra about the smell of death. Care to try it?'

Octopussy & The Living Daylights James Bond 007

Octopussy & The Living Daylights James Bond 007

Author: Ian Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

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 to be bad news, dirty work. This was to be murder'.

Other books by Ian Fleming

Complete James Bond Short Stories

Complete James Bond Short Stories

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

Features 9 short stories written by Ian Fleming starring his most famous creation, the MI6 super-spy James Bond. Includes stories such as For Your Eyes Only and Quantum of Solace. James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in 20th-century literature. In addition to the 12 novels and 9 short stories written by Ian Fleming, there have been over 40 novels and short stories written about the spy by other authors, and 26 films produced starring actors such as Sean Connery and Daniel Craig as 007. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the story of a magical transforming car that helps a family to foil a group of gangsters. It is the only children's novel by Ian Fleming, the British author best known for the James Bond stories. The novel was dedicated to his son, though Fleming died before it was published. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in ebook form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Diamond Smugglers

Diamond Smugglers

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

The real-world counterpart to the fantastic James Bond novel Diamonds Are Forever, it centres around an interview with John Collard, a member of the International Diamond Security Organisation (IDSO), as well as the circumstances surrounding their meeting. Collard explains the IDSO through a mix of examples and history, detailing the corruption and crime that he observed. The book's contents were so incisive that De Beers (who originally pushed with the IDSO's creation) threatened legal action. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in ebook form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Thrilling Cities

Thrilling Cities

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

The author of the phenomenally successful James Bond series takes you on a tour of some of the most amazing cities in the world, including Honolulu, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Macau, Geneva, Tokyo, Berlin, Vienna, Naples and Monte Carlo. The book is based on a series of newspaper articles written by Fleming, and describes the cities with the same mix of a novelists imagination and an intelligence operative's keen eye that made the 007 stories so gripping. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in ebook form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming's second 007 novel, takes Bond from Harlem to Jamaica in a frenzied hunt for the brilliant deadly gangster Mr Big and his macabre network of associates.

Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds are Forever

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

'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 to the jewellers of Hatton Garden, from race track to casino, Bond must infiltrate and destroy the criminal network of the Spangled Mob in Fleming's fourth 007 adventure.

The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

Vivienne Michel is running away - from pain, from rejection, from humiliation. When she stumbles into a criminal plot, her life seems over...until a chance encounter with James Bond turns her world upside down. Ian Fleming's tenth 007 novel is a unique view of Bond, through the eyes of a woman who loves him.

For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories

For Your Eyes Only and Other Stories

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

Who killed an elderly couple in their Caribbean home? M knows exactly who did it, but the murderers will most likely escape through a twisted net of global politics. The solution? M. calls in a personal favour from a certain licensed killer who understands the kind of rough justice needed. Bond soon discovers he's not the only one on the hunt, and the lines between revenge and justice become blurred...

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

A beautiful Soviet spy. A brand-new Spektor cipher machine. SMERSH is the Soviet organ of vengeance: of interrogation, torture and death. James Bond is dedicated to the destruction of its agents wherever he finds them. Then the cold eye of SMERSH focuses on James Bond and far away in Moscow a trap is laid for him - a death trap with an enticing lure.

Thunderball

Thunderball

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

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 SPECTRE's intricate plans and prevent a global catastrophe, in Fleming's ninth 007 adventure.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

James Bond has had enough. Enough of Service life, of fruitless manhunts, of taking orders. But Blofeld is back - older, leaner and more dangerous than ever, with a deadly secret at the heart of his luxury ski resort. Bond must rediscover his passion for what he does best, in Fleming's eleventh 007 novel.

Moonraker

Moonraker

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

'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 the press. So why is Sir Hugo Drax cheating at cards? Bond has just five days to uncover the sinister truth behind a national hero, in Ian Fleming's third 007 adventure.

The Man with the Golden Gun

The Man with the Golden Gun

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

After a year missing in action, Bond is back. Brainwashed by the KGB and on a mission to assassinate M. To prove his worth to the Service, he must hunt down and eliminate his fiercest opponent yet: Pistols Scaramanga - The Man with the Golden Gun. Ian Fleming's final 007 novel is a fitting tribute to a unique British hero.

You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

Shattered by the death of his wife at the hands of Blofeld, Bond has gone to pieces. M sends Bond to Japan for one last, near-impossible mission. But Japan proves to be Bond's downfall, leading him to a mysterious residence known as the 'Castle of Death' where he encounters an old enemy revitalized. All the omens suggest that this is the end for the British agent, and for once, even Bond himself seems unable to disagree...

Octopussy and the Living Daylights and Other Stories

Octopussy and the Living Daylights and Other Stories

Author: Ian Fleming Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/01/2015

The British Secret Service has many enemies. Whether it's a sniper in East Berlin, a Russian agent secretly bidding for a Faberge egg, or a retired major in Jamaica with a treacherous secret, it is down to James Bond to neutralize the threat. In these stories the dirty world of international espionage tests Bond's skills to the extreme.

Man with the Golden Gun

Man with the Golden Gun

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2015

British Secret Service agent James Bond, a.k.a. 007, is sent to Cuba to kill ';Pistols' Scaramanga, a notorious assassin, only to find that Scaramanga is at the heart of a KGB plot to destabilize the region.James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in 20th-century literature. In addition to the 12 novels and 9 short stories written by Ian Fleming, there have been over 40 novels and short stories written about the spy by other authors, and 26 films produced, starring actors such as Sean Connery and Daniel Craig as 007.Random House of Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in ebook form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

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