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Ian Fleming

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United kingdom author who created the popular James Relationship spy novels. He offered over 30 million books during his life time, and his Wayne Bond series influenced a favorite film franchise. He went to Eton University, where he edited the institution newspapers and was energetic in athletics. During Globe Battle II, he discovered work in England’s Naval Cleverness Department and was involved with many high-profile espionage applications. The film adaptations of his Wayne Bond books starred such stars as Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, and Roger Moore. He was the boy of Evelyn St Croix Rose and Parliament member Valentine Fleming. He wedded Ann Geraldine Charteris in 1952, as well as the few became parents to some son called Caspar. Daniel Craig got on the part of Bond within the 2006 film, Internet casino Royale.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ian Fleming
Date Of Birth May 28, 1908
Died August 12, 1964, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.83 m
Profession Novelist
Education Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Eton College, Durnford School
Nationality British
Spouse Anne Charteris
Children Caspar Fleming
Parents Valentine Fleming, Evelyn St. Croix Fleming
Siblings Peter Fleming, Amaryllis Fleming, Richard Fleming, Michael Fleming
Movies Dr. No, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Spectre, Goldfinger, GoldenEye, From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, Licence to Kill, The Man with the Golden Gun, Die Another Day, Moonraker, Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Living Daylights, The World Is Not Enough, Never Say Never Again, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Incredible World of James Bond
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Upon his death, his remains were interred at St. Andrew's Churchyard in Sevenhampton, Gloucestershire, England.
2According to the National Geographic (CNN and BBC too), he patterned James Bond after Dusko Popov, a Serbian double agent nicknamed Tricycle. Popov was a worthy predecessor to the fictional spy James Bond. He was noted as a womanizer and was dating many famous actresses (some of them were Hollywood stars). He also stayed at the best hotels, ate at top restaurants, visited smart casinos, and was a bon vivant. While Fleming worked in British naval intelligence during WWII, he was detailed to trail this charismatic spy who eventually became a double agent for the British (among other intelligence work he provided an information to the FBI that the Japanese were planning to attack Pearl Harbor).
3In 1995, the gold-plated "Royal" typewriter on which he hammered out many of his 007 novels, was auctioned by Christie's of London for £50,000 to a buyer who still remains anonymous. This is the most expensive typewriter to date.
4The reason he excelled at his studies was to please his mother, a beautiful but cold woman who never showed him any affection.
5Fleming was a huge fan of Studebakers. One of his last cars was a Studebaker Avanti.
6Based the character of James Bond on real-life spy Sidney Reilly.
7Writer Geoffrey Jenkins collaborated with him on a James Bond story between the years 1957 and 1964. Glidrose Publishers contracted Jenkins to develop the story into a full novel after Fleming died in 1964. The book was entitled "Per Fine Ounce" but it has never been available to readers and published.
8Fleming's Scrapbook was sold at a charity auction in December 1992 by his step-daughter, Fionn O'Neill. It was auctioned at Sotheby's in New Bond Street which was used as a location in the movie Octopussy (1983). Reportedly, it was acquired for £30,000 by Fleming's nieces Lucy, Kate and Nichol. Proceeds went to the London Library.
9As a member of British Intelligence during WWII, he worked with the American OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the predecessor to the CIA. He contributed his experience and expertise to the OSS and later helped the Americans set up the CIA.
10He was a bird-watcher and he named "James Bond" after an ornithologist of the same name (See James Bond) whose book he had read. He borrowed the name because it was the "dullest" name he could think of. The book title "Goldeneye" is also a birding reference, as goldeneyes are a type of duck.
11Film stars who were an influence on his vision of James Bond included David Niven, Rex Harrison, Cary Grant, and Hoagy Carmichael.
12Fleming's health had never been strong, and it was not helped by his lifestyle. At 38, complaining of chest pains, he had informed a startled doctor that he consumed 70 cigarettes and a bottle of gin a day. In 1961 he had a massive heart attack, which was followed by a series of increasingly debilitating illnesses, including a severe chest infection and pleurisy. Finally, on 11 August 1964 - the night before his son's 12th birthday - he collapsed. He died the next morning on his son's birthday, 12 August 1964.
13He suffered a coronary thrombosis in 1961, which he admitted was a result of smoking seventy cigarettes and drinking a bottle of gin a day.
14Is portrayed by Jason Connery in The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990). Jason is the son of Sean Connery, who became famous for playing James Bond in the 1960s.
15He initially objected to the casting of Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No (1962) because he felt that Connery was too "unrefined". He later changed his mind after seeing Connery's performance in the finished film.
16Distantly related by marriage to author Leslie Charteris.
17His nephew, Nichol Fleming, wrote an adventure story in the Bond style titled "Counter Paradise" in 1968.
18Raymond Chandler was a fan of the James Bond novels and urged Fleming to continue writing them in the mid 1950s.
19He got the name "James Bond" from a real-life ornithologist from Philadelphia who was called James Bond. Fleming had a copy of Bond's book, "The Birds of the West Indies", and took a liking to that name.
20Modelled the character of James Bond after Merlin Minshall, a man who worked for Mr. Fleming during WWII, as a spy.
21His elder brother Peter Fleming (a travel writer of some note in the 1930s) was married until his death to actress Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter (1945)). His nieces Kate Fleming (now Grimond) and Lucy Fleming (also an actress) are now his literary heirs.
22His home in Jamaica was named "Goldeneye" and was the source of the name of the 1995 James Bond movie.
23His James Bond novels and story elements were originally used in the films, beginning with Dr. No (1962). Until Casino Royale (2006), the last James Bond movie to use elements from Fleming's stories was Licence to Kill (1989).
24The largest collection of Ian Fleming's novels is located at the Lilly Library, on the Indiana University campus, Bloomington, Indiana.
25His wife, Anne Geraldine Charteris, was the granddaughter of the 9th Earl of Wemyss, and had been previously married to Shane O'Neill, 3rd Lord O'Neill (she was his widow) and then to Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere, whom she divorced to marry Ian. Anne and Ian had one son, Casper Robert Fleming, born 12th of August 1952.
26He died on his son's birthday (12th of August 1964). Casper died of a drug overdose in Jamaica in 1974. Anne survived them both, and died in 1981. Her son by her first marriage, Raymond Arthur O'Neill, is now the 4th Baron O'Neill.
27Cousin of Christopher Lee.
28Featured in the novel "James Bond: The Unauthorized Biography of 007" by John Pearson. This novel, which is considered part of the Bond canon by some, suggests that Bond was real and that Fleming wrote stories based on Bond's real-life adventures as a strange way of hiding classified information "in plain sight."
29Half-brother of cellist Amaryllis Fleming.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bond 25characters announced
007 Vesper2016Short novel
Spectre2015/Icharacters
World of Espionage2015Video Game characters
Tomorrow Never Comes2015/IIShort characters
Risque2014characters - uncredited
Quicksilver2014Video short based on characters created by
Sketch Juice2014TV Series character - 1 episode
La menace d'une rose2014Short characters - uncredited
007-Eleven2013Short characters - uncredited
James Bond Eclipse2013Video short characters - uncredited
Skyfall2012characters - uncredited
Legends2012Video Game characters
To Be Bond2012Short characters - uncredited
007 - Hue Bond: Vive y Deja Chifar2011Short characters - uncredited
Blood Stone2010Video Game characters - uncredited
GoldenEye 0072010Video Game characters - uncredited / concept
99 Cent Bond2009Short characters - uncredited
Quantum of Solace2008Video Game characters - title, uncredited
Quantum of Solace2008characters - uncredited
Allkopi Royale2006Short characters - uncredited
Casino Royale2006novel
From Russia with Love2005Video Game novel
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent2004Video Game characters
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing2003Video Game characters
007: Nightfire2002Video Game characters
Die Another Day2002characters
James Bond in Agent Under Fire2001Video Game characters
007 Racing2000Video Game James Bond creator
The World Is Not Enough2000Video Game character
Goldenrock1999characters - uncredited
Tomorrow Never Dies1999Video Game character
The World Is Not Enough1999characters - uncredited
Tomorrow Never Dies1997characters - uncredited
GoldenEye1997Video Game character
GoldenEye1995characters
The Duel1993Video Game characters and universe
Licence to Kill1989characters
007: Licence to Kill1989Video Game characters - uncredited
Live and Let Die1988Video Game characters and novel
The Living Daylights1987story - uncredited
A View to a Kill1985story "From A View to a Kill" - uncredited
A View to a Kill1985Video Game characters
James Bond 0071983Video Game characters
Never Say Never Again1983based on an original story by
Octopussy1983stories "Octopussy" and "The Property of a Lady" - uncredited
For Your Eyes Only1981stories "For Your Eyes Only" and "Risico" - uncredited
Moonraker1979novel - uncredited
The Spy Who Loved Me1977characters - uncredited
The Man with the Golden Gun1974novel - uncredited
Live and Let Die1973novel - uncredited
Diamonds Are Forever1971novel: Diamonds Are Forever - uncredited
On Her Majesty's Secret Service1969novel - uncredited
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang1968novel
You Only Live Twice1967novel - uncredited
Casino Royale1967suggested by the novel "Casino Royale"
The Poppy Is Also a Flower1966story
Thunderball1965original story
The Incredible World of James Bond1965TV Movie documentary characters
Goldfinger1964novel - uncredited
From Russia with Love1963novel - uncredited
Dr. No1962novel
Climax!1954TV Series novel - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.2015co-creator: Napoleon Solo - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Seriesly2015TV Series dedicated to the memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ian Fleming: The CBC Interview2006VideoHimself
Ian Fleming on Desert Island Discs2006VideoHimself (voice)
Explorations1964TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Timeshift2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Everything or Nothing2012DocumentaryHimself
Faulks on Fiction2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Ian Fleming: Where Bond Began2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The True Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself
True Bond2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ian Fleming & Raymond Chandler2006Video documentary shortHimself
Biography2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Last Days of World War II2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Former British Intelligence Officer / Novelist
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond2000TV Short documentaryHimself
Ian Fleming: 007's Creator2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'From Russia with Love'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'Moonraker'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'The Living Daylights'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'The Spy Who Loved Me'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'You Only Live Twice'2000Video documentary shortHimself
What Happened on the Moon? - An Investigation Into Apollo2000Video documentaryHimself
Inside 'For Your Eyes Only'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'Dr. No'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The James Bond Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Great Detectives1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewer
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Behind the Scenes with 'Thunderball'1995Video documentaryHimself
The World of James Bond1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Incredible World of James Bond1965TV Movie documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion Picture Screen PlayCasino Royale (2006)· Neal Purvis (screenplay)
· Robert Wade (screenplay)
· Paul Haggis (screenplay)

TitleSalary
Casino Royale (1967)$6,000 ($45,575 in 2011 dollars)

#Quote
1I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
2[Of James Bond] Apart from the fact that he wears the same clothes that I wear, he and I really have little in common. I do rather envy him his blondes and his efficiency, but I can't say I much like the chap.
3Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, 'Casino Royale' dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before, I might have despaired.
4Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.
5The target of my books lay somewhere between the solar plexus and the upper thigh. [From The Daily Express, 1962]
6I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could find, James Bond was much better than something more interesting like 'Peregrine Maltravers.' Exotic things would happen to and around him but he would be a neutral figure - an anonymous blunt instrument wielded by a Government Department.
7Displaying a remarkable lack of foresight, c. mid-1950s: "My James Bond novels are really for a very specialized, limited market. I am not counting the great unwashed public and do not expect them to fancy anything I write."
8I always make it a rule never to look back. Otherwise, I'd ask myself how I could write such piffle and live with myself, day after day." Reported last words, to the ambulance attendents: "Awfully sorry to trouble you chaps.

#Trademark
1The female characters of his stories have double-entendre names
2Cigarette (in holder) perched between fingers of his right hand

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