Ian Fleming Poster


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Overview (5)

Born in Mayfair, London, England, UK
Died in Canterbury, Kent, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameIan Lancaster Fleming
Nickname The Commander
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Born into a wealthy and influential English family, Ian Fleming spent his early years attending top British schools such as Eton and Sandhurst military academy. He took to writing while schooling in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and upon failing the entrance requirements for Foreign Service joined the news agency Reuters as a journalist -- winning the respect of his peers for his coverage of a "show trial" in Russia of several Royal Engineers on espionage charges. Fleming briefly worked in the financial sector for the family bank, but just prior to the Second World War, was recruited into British Naval Intelligence where he excelled, shortly achieving the rank of Commander. When the war ended, Fleming retired to Jamaica where he built a house called "Goldeneye," took up writing full-time and created the character that would make him famous -- British Secret Service agent James Bond, in a novel called "Casino Royale." Fleming spent the rest of his life writing and traveling the world, but as his Bond character reached new heights of popularity on movie screens, Fleming was in ailing health. He died of a heart attack (his second) in England in August 1964 at the age of 56.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

Ian Fleming an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst and, briefly, the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through several jobs before he started writing.

While working for Britain's Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, Fleming was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. His wartime service and his career as a journalist provided much of the background, detail and depth of the James Bond novels.

Fleming wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952. It was a success, with three print runs being commissioned to cope with the demand. Eleven Bond novels and two short-story collections followed between 1953 and 1966. The novels revolved around James Bond, an officer in the Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. Bond was also known by his code number, 007, and was a commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. The Bond stories rank among the best-selling series of fictional books of all time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and two works of non-fiction. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming 14th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Fleming was married to Ann Charteris, who was divorced from the second Viscount Rothermere owing to her affair with the author. Fleming and Charteris had a son, Caspar. Fleming was a heavy smoker and drinker for most of his life and succumbed to heart disease in 1964 at the age of 56. Two of his James Bond books were published posthumously; other writers have since produced Bond novels. Fleming's creation has appeared in film twenty-six times, portrayed by seven actors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Family (2)

Spouse Anne Geraldine Charteris (24 March 1952 - 12 August 1964)  (his death)  (1 child)
Relatives Peter Fleming (sibling)
Kate Grimond (niece or nephew)
Lucy Fleming (niece or nephew)
Amaryllis Fleming (half sibling)

Trade Mark (2)

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

Trivia (29)

Half-brother of cellist Amaryllis Fleming.
Featured 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."
Cousin of Christopher Lee.
He 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.
His 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.
The largest collection of his novels is located at the Lilly Library on the Indiana University campus, Bloomington, IN.
His 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).
His home in Jamaica was named "Goldeneye" and was the source of the name of the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995).
His elder brother Peter Fleming (a travel writer of some note in the 1930s) was married until his death to Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter (1945)). His nieces Kate Fleming (now Grimond) and Lucy Fleming (also an actress) are now his literary heirs.
Supposedly modeled the character of James Bond after Merlin Minshall, a man who worked for Mr. Fleming during WWII as a spy.
Raymond Chandler was a fan of the James Bond novels and urged Fleming to continue writing them in the mid-1950s.
His nephew, Nichol Fleming, wrote an adventure story in the Bond style titled "Counter Paradise" in 1968.
He 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.
Is portrayed by Jason Connery in Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990). Jason is the son of Sean Connery, who became famous for playing James Bond in the 1960s.
Fleming'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.
Film stars who were an influence on his vision of James Bond included David Niven, Rex Harrison, Cary Grant and Hoagy Carmichael.
He was a bird-watcher and supposedly named "James Bond" after an ornithologist of the same name (See James Bond) whose book, "The Birds of the West Indies", 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.
As 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.
His 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 Octopussy (1983). Reportedly it was acquired for £30,000 by Fleming's nieces Lucy, Kate and Nichol. Proceeds went to the London Library.
Geoffrey Jenkins collaborated with him on a James Bond story between 1957-64. 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 has never been available to readers and published.
Supposedly based the character of James Bond on real-life spy Sidney Reilly.
Was a huge fan of Studebakers. One of his last cars was a Studebaker Avanti.
The reason he excelled at his studies was to please his mother, a beautiful but cold woman who never showed him any affection.
In 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.
According to the National Geographic, CNN and the BBC, 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 information to the FBI that the Japanese were planning to attack Pearl Harbor).
Upon his death, his remains were interred at St. Andrew's Churchyard in Sevenhampton, Gloucestershire, England.
Of Clan Fleming.
Of the James Bond films, he only saw Dr. No (1962) and From Russia With Love (1963) as finished films. He did however, manage to get on the set of Goldfinger (1964) and see it get filmed.
His main inspiration for the character of James Bond was his friend Sir William Stephenson.

Personal Quotes (11)

I 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.
[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.
I 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.
[interview in The Daily Express, 1962] The target of my books lay somewhere between the solar plexus and the upper thigh.
Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.
[on how he wrote "Casino Royale"] Writing 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.
[on 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.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
[his last words, reportedly to the ambulance attendants] Awfully sorry to trouble you chaps.
[to house-guest Peter Quennell, reminiscing about his schoolboy experiences] I will not have buggery discussed at Christmas.
I am not in the Shakespeare stakes.

Salary (1)

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

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