Ian Fleming

Hi everyone today’s post is on Ian Fleming, a man that had lead an extraordinary life, which you will find out further down the page.

Bio

On 28th May 1908 Ian Lancaster Fleming was born to Major Valentino Fleming DSO who was a British Conservative Member of Parliament and Evelyn Beatrice Sainte Croix Rose (known as Evelyn Fleming) was an English socialite.

“I am a poet in deeds–not often in words”

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, and he is more well-known for his James Bond franchise of spy novels. Fleming comes from a very wealthy family that is connected to merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co, His father was a Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Frontier in 1917.

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”

Ian Fleming

Ian was well educated in top schools like Eton, Sandhurst, and Universities in Munich and Geneva. Once he had finished school he drifted in and out of jobs for a while, before he started on his writing path to success.

During the second world war he worked for the Navel Intelligence Division it was there he was planning Operation Goldeneye. His time spent as a journalist and also his time served in the war, provided him much detail for the background and depth for his James Bond novels

“Everything I write has a precedent in truth”

Ian Fleming

Interesting Facts about Ian Fleming

Here you get to read some facts, looking back throughout his life. Some you may know, and some might surprise you.

  • His middle name Lancaster was given to him, because his mother liked to claim she was a decent from John of Gaunt. The Duke of Lancaster and son of Edward III.
  • Ian didn’t excel as a scholar, but was champion twice of athletics.
  • At 17 he went to the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst. His tutor at Eton had declared that he would make a good soldier.
  • From an early age, he was an avid book collector, ending up with a large collection of first editions.
  • The last book Ian Fleming wrote was Chitty Chitty, Bang, Bang, which he had written for his son Caspar.
  • His first job came in 1931 with the Press Agency Reuters. He would later go on to say it taught him to write fast and more accurately.

“There is only one recipe for a best seller and it is a very simple one. You have to get the reader to turn the page”

Ian Fleming
  • In 1939, The Director of the Naval Intelligence, recruited him as his personal assistant
  • He honed his skills and became an espionage planner.
  • He joined the Sunday Times when the war was over, and went on to be an accomplish travel writer, where his articles were eventually being published in book form.
  • Once he had returned back to journalism, he also acquired a plot of land in Jamaica, there he built Goldeneye, the perfect hideaway to write, and where he would go on to write the Bond novels.
  • He named his house after both a wartime operation and Carson McCullers’ novel Reflection in a Golden Eye.
  • The owner Chris Blackwell as now converted Goldeneye it into an exclusive holiday resort.

“Never say ‘no’ to adventures. Always say ‘yes,’ otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life.”

Ian Fleming
  • “M” was partly based on Flemings boss at the Naval Intelligence, but he also use to refer to his mother as “M.”
  • James Bond’s codename 007, stems from his Admiralty days, when all top secret communications was used as a double-zero prefix
  • The name of Miss Moneypenny came from a character in an unfinished novel by his older brother Peter Flemming.
  • Fleming’s leisure interests included cars, golf and snorkeling.
  • In 1952 he married Ann Charteris, the once former wife of Viscount Rothermere, the newspaper magnate. Noel Coward was a witness.
  • Following an attack of pleurisy, Fleming died of a heart attack on 12 August 1964. He was just 56.

“History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.”

Ian Fleming

James Bond Quotes:

Here are some famous quotes from some of his movies.

  • “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” —Sean Connery, Goldfinger
  • “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as, drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.” —Sean Connery, Goldfinger
  • (After shooting a villain with a spear): “I think he got the point.” —Sean Connery, Thunderball
  • “Pistols at dawn; it’s a little old-fashioned, isn’t it?” —Roger MooreThe Man With the Golden Gun
  • “All those feathers and he still can’t fly.” – Roger Moore, The Spy Who Loved Me
  • “Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?” —Daniel Craig, Casino Royale
  • (After nearly dying from poisoning): “I’m sorry. That last hand…nearly killed me.” —Daniel Craig, Casino Royale
  •  “This never happened to the other fellow.” – George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Thank you for stopping by and I will see you all next week.

One thought on “Ian Fleming”

  1. Jennifer Conant’s “The Irregulars” is a good look at Fleming’s spy activities in Washington after WW II began. He worked with Roald Dahl as part of a team assigned to assess American politicians willingness to get into the war and how to persuade them to change their mind.

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