Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in Green Street in London on 28th May 1908, the second of four brothers. He was educated at Eton College and then abroad in Germany and Austria.
After an early career at Reuters news agency, he became a stockbroker. During World War II he worked throughout as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London, privy to many secrets. It was his experience in this job that was to provide many of the characters and incidents that he was to write about later in the Bond books.
Following the war he became foreign manager, in charge of foreign correspondents, for Kemsley newspapers, owners of the Sunday Times and other papers. But his creative imagination remained under wraps until 1952, when, at the age of 43, he settled down in his house in Jamaica, and produced --- in not much more than two months --- CASINO ROYALE, the first adventure of James Bond. He published a further thirteen James Bond titles and lived to witness their enormous success, and having seen his character played by Sean Connery in the first two films, Dr. No and From Russia with Love.
He married Anne Rothermere in 1952 and in August that year his only son, Caspar, was born. While convalescing from his first heart attack in 1962, he wrote a short story about a flying car for Caspar --- "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Ian Fleming died, aged 56, on 12th August 1964 at Sandwich in Kent.
A departure from the full-length James Bond novels, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY is a stunning collection of five stories that sends 007 to Bermuda, Berlin, and beyond, and places him in the dangerous company of adversaries of all varieties.
Vivienne Michel, a precocious French Canadian raised in the United Kingdom, seems a foreigner in every land. While traveling in the Adirondacks, Viv opens the door to her room at the Motor Court and finds two armed mobsters and realizes being a woman alone is no easy task. But when a third stranger shows --- a confident Englishman with a keen sense for sizing things up --- the tables are turned.
After finally tracking the SPECTRE chief to a stronghold in the Swiss Alps, Bond uncovers the details of Blofeld’s latest plot: a biological warfare scheme more audacious than anything the fiend has tried before. Now Bond must save the world once again --- and survive Blofeld’s last, very personal, act of vengeance.
Bond may have a license to kill, but “Pistols” Scaramanga has a talent for it. He’s a KGB-trained assassin who’s left a trail of dead British Secret Service agents in his wake. His weapon of choice? A gold-plated Colt .45. In the aftermath of his brainwashing by the Soviets, Bond is given one last chance to win back M’s trust: terminate Scaramanga before he strikes MI6 again.
SMERSH stands for “Death to Spies” and there’s no secret agent they’d like to disgrace and destroy more than 007, James Bond. But ensnaring the British Secret Service’s most lethal operative will require a lure so tempting even he can’t resist. Bursting with action and intrigue, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is one of the best-loved books in the Bond canon --- an instant classic that set the standard for sophisticated literary spycraft for decades to come.
Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in England --- though his wealth can’t be found in banks. He’s been hoarding vast stockpiles of his namesake metal, and it’s attracted the suspicion of 007’s superiors at MI6. Sent to investigate, Bond uncovers an ingenious gold-smuggling scheme.
In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.
Mr. Big, a Harlem gangster who uses voodoo to control his criminal empire, is smuggling British pirate treasure to New York from a remote Jamaican Island and sending the proceeds to Moscow. It's up to 007 to locate Mr. Big's hideout, sabotage the operation, and reclaim the pirate hoard for England.
As the super patriot and war veteran who’s bankrolling Britain’s top-secret Moonraker rocket program, Sir Hugo Drax should be above reproach. But there’s more to this enigmatic millionaire than he lets on. When M suspects Drax of cheating at cards in an exclusive gentleman’s club, he sends Bond in to investigate.
Dispatched by M to investigate the mysterious disappearance of MI6’s Jamaica station chief, Bond was expecting a holiday in the sun. But when he discovers a deadly centipede placed in his hotel room, the vacation is over.