Friday, November 2, 2012

Comprehensive Guide To James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Was Four Years In The Making

Brian Ferguson at the Scottish newspaper the Scotsman reports on the upcoming book on Ian Fleming.

IT PROMISES to be the ultimate Christmas guide for fans of Britain’s favourite spy – and his enigmatic creator.

Ian Fleming’s surviving relatives have helped to compile the most comprehensive guide to the writer’s colourful life, the development of the James Bond novels and their enduring influence.

But it will set fans back £175 to lay their hands on the lavish bibliography, which has been four years in the making and runs to more than 750 pages.

It explores Fleming’s richly varied life, as a journalist, travel writer, stockbroker and Royal Navy intelligence officer – the job that famously inspired him to pen his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, which he wrote 60 years ago. It was published on 13 April, 1953.

Charting every stage of his career, the new bibliography is said to feature every aspect of Fleming’s writing, from his earliest Bond manuscripts, typescripts and uncorrected proofs to rarely seen travel articles. Material held by Fleming archives and enthusiasts around the world has been brought together for the massive tome, while anecdotes been collected by many of Fleming’s surviving relatives, former colleagues and close confidants.
Included are more than 1,000 illustrations, including the rarest of book covers, as well as numerous photographs of Fleming throughout his life.

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

Fergus Fleming, Ian Fleming's nephew, wrote the introduction to the book. I interviewed Fergus Fleming a while back and you can read my piece via the below link: 

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