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The Man with the Golden Typewriter Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters by Fergus Fleming

The Man with the Golden Typewriter Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters

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Before the world-famous films came the world-famous novels. This books tells the story of the man who wrote them and how he created spy fiction's most compelling hero. Fleming's output was matched by an equally energetic flow of letters. He wrote constantly, to his wife, publisher, editors, fans, friends and critics, charting 007's progress with correspondence that ranged from badgering Jonathan Cape about his quota of free copies -- a coin was tossed; Fleming lost - to apologising for having mistaken a certain brand of perfume and for equipping Bond with the wrong kind of gun. His letters also reflect his friendships with contemporaries such as Raymond Chandler, Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham.


The Man with the Golden Typewriter Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters by Fergus Fleming

On 16 August 1952, Ian Fleming wrote to his wife, Ann, 'My love, This is only a tiny letter to try out my new typewriter and to see if it will write golden words since it is made of gold'. He had bought the gold-plated typewriter as a present to himself for finishing his first novel, Casino Royale. It marked in glamorous style the arrival of James Bond, agent 007, and the start of a career that saw Fleming become one of the world's most celebrated thriller-writers. And he did write golden words. Before his death in 1964 he produced fourteen bestselling Bond books, two works of non-fiction and the famous children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.


'Ian Fleming writes with a kind of pushing, bloodcurdling elegance. His thrillers are models of fastidious murder' New York Times

'Fleming is splendid; he stops at nothing' New Statesman

About the Author

Fergus Fleming is one of Britain's leading popular historians of exploration and the bestselling author of Barrow's Boys, Killing Dragons, Ninety Degrees North, The Sword and the Cross, Cassell's Tales of Endurance and The Explorer's Eye. He lives with his family in the Cotswolds.

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30th November 1999


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