The James Bond web site MI6 reports that the two Ian Fleming nonfiction - non James Bond - books are now available on Amazon.
Reprints of two of Ian Fleming's non-007 publications are now available in the USA from Amazon Publishing, the same imprint that re-released his James Bond novels in paperback in 2012. Travelogue "Thrilling Cities" (1963) and "The Diamond Smugglers" (1957) will be published in the US on 26th March 2013.
Join the creator of James Bond on an adventurous tour of the world's most exciting, exotic and sinful cities.
"On November 2nd armed with a sheaf of visas...one suitcase...and my typewriter, I left humdrum London for the thrilling cities of the world..."
In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was commissioned by the Sunday Times to explore fourteen of the world's most exotic cities. Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer's eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world.
The Diamond Smugglers
The fantastic true story of the world's greatest smuggling racket, as told by the creator of James Bond.
"One day in April 1957 I had just answered a letter from an expert in unarmed combat writing from a cover address in Mexico City, and I was thanking a fan in Chile, when my telephone rang."
The Diamond Smugglers is the true story of an operation responsible for smuggling millions of pounds worth of precious gems out of Africa. Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, drew on interviews with the reluctant hero of the diamond companies' counter-attack to explore the world of the real master criminals of his time. The result rivals Fleming's greatest spy novels.
You can read this piece and others on Ian Fleming and James Bond at www.mi6-hq.com
You can also read my Crime Beat column on Fleming's Thrilling Cities and The Diamond Smugglers, as well as my interview with Fergus Fleming, Ian Fleming's nephew and a director of Ian Fleming Publications (IFP), via the below link: