Ian Fleming was a British author, journalist and intelligence officier.Born in London in 1908 he was educated at Eton and then went on to work for Reuters news agency in the 1930s. During the Second World War he became Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence where he gleaned many ideas for his future best-selling books about spy James Bond.
He returned to journalism after the War, working as Foreign Manager at the Sunday Times where he ran a global network of foreign correspondents. In 1953, he published his first novel, Casino Royale, which featured Agent 007. It was an instant success.
Twelve more Bond novels and 9 short stories followed, as well as two works of nonfiction and the children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming was married to Ann Rothermere with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died of heart failure on 12th August 1964.
Fergus Fleming is Ian Fleming’s nephew. He is the author of several nonfiction books including Barrow’s Boys, Killing Dragons, and Ninety Degrees North. Recently he edited The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters. He lives in Gloucestershire, UK.
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