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Bond, Bourne and the CIA - the legacy of Ian Fleming
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:23:41 PM »
Ian Fleming died 50 years ago today.

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Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, died 50 years ago this week. Here are eight reasons to raise a glass of vodka martini - shaken, not stirred - to the great man.

He's best remembered as the creator of James Bond, but before he became a successful author, Ian Fleming was a man of many parts. Something of a playboy in his younger years, he was a traveller and a linguist before he worked as a journalist and a stockbroker in the 1930s.

At the outbreak of war, Ian Lancaster Fleming was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Intelligence Division, and worked at the Admiralty directly under the Director of Naval Intelligence Admiral John Godfrey.

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Re: Bond, Bourne and the CIA - the legacy of Ian Fleming
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 12:40:05 PM »
My dad always had a Ian Fleming paperback next to his ashtray.

Once I became familiar with the Bond 007 genre on the big screen, I started to read him.

IMO, he was a 'blue-collar' espionage writer...compared say, to Tom Clancy...who IMO, spent too much time on the technical specs of the weaponry, for example.

Ian Fleming novels are written for Everyman.



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Re: Bond, Bourne and the CIA - the legacy of Ian Fleming
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 12:37:08 AM »
Fleming's style is pretty unique.

Fast paced, descriptive - his attention to detail in settings is really notable - but almost conversational. It's the sort of thing you hear if you get a few professionals together in a pub over a pint or two.
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