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Ian Fleming: The CBC Interview (2006)

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Abridged version of the final interview with James Bond creator Ian Fleming at Goldeneye, Jamaica.

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Abridged version of the final interview with James Bond creator Ian Fleming at Goldeneye, Jamaica.

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This interview was first broadcast by CBC-TV's Explorations five days after Ian Fleming passed away. See more »

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Edited from Explorations: Ian Fleming: The Brain Behind Bond (1964) See more »

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This piece begins with an obituary and a recap of James Bond novelist . . .
25 October 2014 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

. . . Ian Fleming's career (he died between the time of this dialog at his "Goldeneye" Jamaican writing pad and its release on Canadian radio), followed by a fairly brusque probing of the man behind Secret Agent 007 from interviewer Munroe Scott. There is no implication that this somewhat contentious Q&A "did in" Mr. Fleming; his early demise at age 56 was provoked by heavy drinking and chain-smoking (Real Life bodies are not as forgiving as those of ageless fictional characters). This piece has been billed as Fleming's final public interview, so it is tempting to comb it for fitting "last words." Ian notes at one point that he "can't write about anywhere I haven't seen myself," which is a dead giveaway that the never-proposed-in-Real-Life massive Outer Space lab complex shown on the screen in MOONRAKER is the product of the less mature "brains" at Eon Production Company, and NOT Mr. Fleming's restrained-by-plausibility imagination. What was the initial seed for Ian's yarns? He explains that he "worked in Naval Intelligence (for Great Britain) during WWII, and got caught up in a lot of shenanigans." As far as heroes go, referring to Brit Prime Minister Winston Churchill's immediate post-war ouster by the voters, Ian says "heroes may have feet of clay, but there's no point in dwelling solely on their feet." Fleming notes that he personally hates tea and the Windsor knot, so he has made these Bond's dislikes, as well. Asked when he'll "Kill off Bond," Ian replies, "I couldn't possibly afford to do any such thing." If he had, we would not be anticipating Eon's BOND 24 right now!


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