Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Anniversary, James Bond. Ian Fleming Began First James Bond Thriller On This Date In 1952

As Dell Deaton at notes, on this date in 1952 Ian Fleming began his first James Bond thriller, Casino Royale.

Fleming began the novel while vacationing at his Jamaican villa Goldeneye. 

In 1952, January 15 was a Tuesday.

Some time that day, Ian Fleming put a blank sheet of paper into his well-used portable typewriter and literally created James Bond.

Ten years and one day later, Sean Connery brought that character to life (so to speak) when the initial day of filming began on the movie version of Dr No.   

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can read more about Ian Fleming and James Bond in my Crime Beat column via the below link:

As an aside, Fleming's watch was a Rolex Explorer, but Sean Connery's James Bond wore a Rolex Submariner in the films in the 1960s.

Lloyd Bridges also wore a Rolex Submariner as Mike Nelson, the ex-Navy frogman in Sea Hunt, which aired on TV from 1958 to 1961.

The Rolex Submariner was and is a popular watch with sports divers, as well as U.S. Navy frogmen, sailors in general and military aviators like legendary pilot General Chuck Yeager.

My Rolex Submariner has been my most prized possession since my beautiful wife bought the watch for me a month before we married so many years ago.

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