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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

Octopussy

Octopussy

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

When British secret agent James Bond is sent to detain a suspected murderer, he sets in motion a series of events that lead to a sudden and shocking end for the accused.Octopussy is the fourteenth title in the James Bond spy series. It provided the title and several character elements for the 1984 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

Spy Who Loved Me

Spy Who Loved Me

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

When British secret agent James Bond arrives at a remote motel in the Adirondacks, he finds a beautiful woman held captive by a pair of mobsters. Convincing the mobsters to give him a room for the night, Bonds attempts to free the girl come to a violent and combustible end.The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth title in the James Bond spy series. It was used as the title for a 1977 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond.

You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice

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

While on a diplomatic mission, British secret agent James Bond unexpectedly discovers the location of the head of SPECTRE, Ernest Blofeld, now running a Garden of Death in Japan. Captured while infiltrating the garden, Bond faces down Blofeldand the outcome may threaten his very existence.You Only Live Twice is the twelfth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1967 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.

From Russia, with Love

From Russia, with Love

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

Unknowingly the target of a SMERSH death warrant, British secret agent James Bond is assigned to assist with the defection of Soviet agent Tatiana Romanova. Tempted by the acquisition of the Spektor Soviet decoding device, Bond is lured into a deadly trap that may prove to be his demise.From Russia with Love is the fifth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1963 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.

Doctor No

Doctor No

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

Recently recovered from tetrodotoxin poisoning, British secret agent James Bond is sent to Jamaica to probe the disappearance of Commander John Strangeways, the head of MI6s Station J. Picking up Strangewayss investigation into the mysterious Dr. Julius No, Bond infiltrates Nos closely-guarded island only to discover that the doctors secrets are deeper and more deadly than anyone had forseen.Dr. No is the sixth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1962 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.

Goldfinger

Goldfinger

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

When James Bond exposes the master-criminal Goldfinger as a cheat, he becomes entangled in one of the biggest heists to be perpetrated on American soilthe looting of Fort Knoxs gold reserves. Working from the inside, Bond races against the odds to contact his associate, ex-CIA agent Felix Leiter, and stop Operation Grand Slam.Goldfinger is the seventh title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1964 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only

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

In this collection of short stories, British secret agent James Bond must once again draw on his skills of deception and combat. Stories include From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico, and The Hildebrand Rarity.For Your Eyes Only is the eighth title in the James Bond spy series. Many of the titles and plot elements from the stories have been adapted for film.

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever

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

Hired by the Spangled Mob to smuggle diamonds from London to New York, undercover agent James Bond is quickly drawn into a dangerous criminal underworld. As his investigation takes him from New York to the racetracks of Saratoga to the diamond mines of Sierra Leone, Bond races to dismantle a smuggling network that spans the globe.Diamonds Are Forever is the fourth title in the James Bond spy series. It was adapted for a 1971 film starring Sean Connery as James Bond.

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang: Adventure #3

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang: Adventure #3

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

Kidnapped by a group of gangsters, Jeremy and Jemima Pott are once again in MORTAL DANGER and only their magical car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang can save them. Held captive by the gangsters they met in Adventure #2, Jeremy and Jemima are now pawns in the criminals plan to rob the Bon-Bon chocolate shop. With time running out, can Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, the Pott familys magical car save the day one final time?Ian Flemings series of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang novels continues to delight readers fifty years after their original publication. Adventure #3 concludes the Pott familys vacation with a bang.

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang: Adventure #2

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang: Adventure #2

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

Faced with MORTAL DANGER, the Pott family trade one peril for another as, during their escape from the isolated beach they found at the end of Adventure #1, they come face to face with a group of dangerous gangsters. But with Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang to rescue them, the Pott family can rest easy at their hotel in the French countrysideor can they?Ian Flemings series of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang novels continues to delight readers fifty years after their original publication. Adventure #2 sees the Pott family finding hidden treasure and escaping hostile hoodlums as they continue their summer vacation.

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang: Adventure #1

Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang: Adventure #1

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

The Pott family is anything but ordinary. With an inventor for a father, twins Jeremy and Jemima have learned to expect the unexpected, so they arent at all worried that the new family car, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, produces wings and flies them out of a traffic jam. And they dont bat an eye when Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang soars out over the English Channel to find the perfect beach for sun-bathing. And when they are faced with MORTAL DANGER, who else but Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang could rescue them?Ian Flemings series of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang novels continues to delight readers fifty years after their original publication. Adventure #1 sees the Pott family off on a summer jauntwhere the unexpected awaits them and their magical car.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

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

A high-stakes baccarat game turns deadly as British secret agent James Bond attempts to take down Le Chiffre, paymaster for the Soviet counterintelligence organization SMERSH. Aided by stalwart CIA agent Felix Leiter and the beautiful but duplicitous Vesper Lynd, Bond battles the odds to bankrupt Le Chiffre, lay waste SMERSHs cashflow, and escape alive.Influenced by author Ian Flemings own experience as naval intelligence officer, Casino Royale is the first title in the James Bond spy series. It has been adapted several times for television and screen, including the 2006 film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights, and Other Stories

Octopussy and The Living Daylights, and Other Stories

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

The last book written by Ian Fleming, but by no means the least. In "e;Octopussy,"e; a talented but wayward British major pays a high price when his wartime past catches up with him, while in "e;The Property of a Lady,"e; a Faberge egg leads Bond to a KGB spy. In "e;The Living Daylights,"e; Bond has a perilous rendezvous in sniper's alley between East and West Berlin, and "e;007 in New York"e; (read by Lucy Fleming) sees him sent to America to warn an ex-MI6 operative about a dangerous liaison. All part of the job for 007.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Tom Hiddleston.

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn't be higher. 007's mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to "e;retire"e; him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in-that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

When 007 goes to Harlem, it's not just for the jazz. This is the kingdom of Mr. Big, master of crime, voodoo baron, and partner in SMERSH's grim company of death. Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes-like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her would-be saviors James Bond and Agency man Felix Leiter. All three are marked out as victims in a trail of terror, treachery, and torture that leads from New York's underworld to the shark-infested island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Rory Kinnear.

Moonraker

Moonraker

Author: Ian Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

The Moonraker project has a millionaire backer, the war hero Sir Hugo Drax-a man who, it seems, cheats at cards. With a ballistic rocket at stake, Sir Hugo's exposure could threaten Britain's latest defense system, so James Bond is asked to investigate. Moving from London's most exclusive gambling club to a missile silo on the Channel coast, 007 and his Special Branch assistant, Gala Brand, discover there's more to Drax than meets the eye.This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Bill Nighy.

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