Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

by Andrew Lycett

Turner Publishing Inc | January 5, 1996 | Hardcover |

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Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007. Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for the Bond novels, and while his temperamental, sometimes violent nature got him into difficulties as a young man, the second World War was the making of him. Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including "Golden Eye", which is uncovered here for the first time.From the late 1930s on, he kept up an affair with Ann ONeill, the wife of a friend, but refused to marry her even after her husband was killed in the war. This passionate relationship continued for fifteen years, ending in marriage only after she became pregnant by Fleming a second time. Two months before the wedding -- to soothe his nerves -- Fleming sat down to write his first book, Casino Royale. So began the long line of Bond novels, which in this volume are given their fullest publishing history.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 486 Pages

Published: January 5, 1996

Publisher: Turner Publishing Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1570363439

ISBN - 13: 9781570363436

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Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

by Andrew Lycett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 486 Pages

Published: January 5, 1996

Publisher: Turner Publishing Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1570363439

ISBN - 13: 9781570363436

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Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007. Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for the Bond novels, and while his temperamental, sometimes violent nature got him into difficulties as a young man, the second World War was the making of him. Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including "Golden Eye", which is uncovered here for the first time.From the late 1930s on, he kept up an affair with Ann ONeill, the wife of a friend, but refused to marry her even after her husband was killed in the war. This passionate relationship continued for fifteen years, ending in marriage only after she became pregnant by Fleming a second time. Two months before the wedding -- to soothe his nerves -- Fleming sat down to write his first book, Casino Royale. So began the long line of Bond novels, which in this volume are given their fullest publishing history.

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The fictional whirlwind adventures of super-spy James Bond pale in comparison to his author's exhilarating -- and true -- life story. Ian Fleming was a spy, womanizer and world-traveller before he wrote the infamous 007 novels. The real-life philanderer masterminded top secret operations, including "Golden Eye," and helped shape the CIA. Andrew Lycett talked to Fleming's friends and relatives, and used his papers to delve into the exciting life of this enigmatic character for the book Ian Fleming.
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