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50 years since the death of Ian Fleming

August 12th, 2014 by

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ian Fleming at the early age of 56 after suffering a heart attack brought about by a lifetime of heavy smoking and drinking. Without Fleming our lives would be far poorer, as without him Bond would never have been born. Whether you are a fan of […]

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Guernsey to issue Ian Fleming stamp set

July 18th, 2014 by

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Guernsey Post is to issue a set of six stamps celebrating the life of Ian Fleming on 30th July. The stamps, with a range of values, each features a black and white photograph of James Bond’s creator, including one in  uniform while working in Naval Intelligence, and another sat at his writing desk in Goldeneye. […]

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Casino Royale: 1953 television adaptation [YouTube]

July 1st, 2014 by

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Although many believe Sean Connery is the first actor to have played James Bond, Barry Nelson took on the role eight years earlier in a television adaptation of Casino Royale. Here we present the television version to watch on YouTube. Watch the TV version of Casino Royale above. Click the YouTube logo (bottom right) to watch […]

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Goldeneye room rentals make Fleming villa more affordable than ever

May 27th, 2014 by

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Anyone who has dreamed of staying at Ian Fleming’s villa, Goldeneye, on the north shore of Jamaica but was put off by the price now has a cheaper option until the end of the year. While the villa has been available for rent for some years as part of what is now the Goldeneye Resort, […]

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A Novel Return… But How?

May 27th, 2014 by

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We all know that James Bond will return. After all, we’ve been told as much by 23 movies. 007 originated in 1953’s novel Casino Royale and has been off and on the page ever since. For the most part, one adventure followed another and Bond slowly aged throughout the series. After 2002’s The Man With […]

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The James Bond vodka martini

April 30th, 2014 by

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Hearing the words “shaken, not stirred” conjures up the image of James Bond instantly; here we look at the James Bond vodka martini.

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James Bond: The world’s most famous Secret Agent

April 15th, 2014 by

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A secret agent? You wouldn’t think so from some of the films, when Bond’s name and reputation appear to be widely known. So, just how did 007 become the world’s most famous secret agent? The first chapter of Casino Royale is titled The Secret Agent and, in introducing the world to James Bond, Ian Fleming explains the […]

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License to Thrill: First Edition of Casino Royale Sells for £24,180

April 15th, 2014 by

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A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, (1953) thrilled bidders, selling for £24,180 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Modern Literature on Friday 11th April, held at their saleroom in London’s Mayfair. The first book in the 007 series, Casino Royale (1953) introduced Fleming’s renowned James Bond franchise to the world. Since it […]

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Rare Works by Ian Fleming Go Under The Hammer

April 1st, 2014 by

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Press release: The adventures of secret agent James Bond have a timeless appeal, and a complete collection of writer Ian Fleming’s 007 novels comprise lots 48 – 62 of this sale.  Although all are in excellent condition, of particular note is a first edition of Casino Royale (1953), the book that introduced the character of James […]

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Ian Fleming love letters to be auctioned in New York next week

March 27th, 2014 by

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A number of love letters written by Ian Fleming to his Austrian lover in the early 1930s will be auctioned next week in New York. The letters were written in German to Edith Morpurgo, the daughter of a Salzberg businessman. Fleming went to Kitzbuhel both on holiday as well as attending a finishing school and […]

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