Diehard enthusiasts will be disappointed to find no definitive information on The Black Daffodil, the book of poems Fleming wrote as a young man, but subsequently disowned (he had all copies burnt). However, most readers will relish Gilbert’s documentation of Fleming’s written output from his schoolboy scribblings in the Wyvern (the “ephemeral” he produced at Eton) to pieces for the Sunday Times and 007 spin-offs for high-paying American magazines such as Playboy and Holiday. Along the way there were fourteen books featuring Bond; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for children; and non-fiction works such as Thrilling Cities.
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"Ian Fleming is best known as the creator of James Bond, an icon of 20th century popular culture”, says author Jon Gilbert, “but he was also a journalist, publisher, travel writer, motor enthusiast, card player, accomplished golfer and noted bibliophile. Much has been written about Fleming and his legendary creation, but until now there has been no serious bibliographical account of his published work.”