I became an Ian Fleming aficionado in the early 1960s after watching the late, great Scot actor Sean Connery portray Ian Fleming’s iconic character James Bond in the first two Bond films, Dr. No and From Russia With Love, which led me to buy Ian Fleming’s novels.
I had read two of Fleming’s Bond thrillers when riding in my father’s car I heard on the radio that Ian Fleming had died. He was only 56.
As History.com notes, Ian Fleming died on this date in 1964.
On August 12, 1964, the British author and journalist Ian Fleming,
creator of James Bond, the world’s most famous fictional spy, dies of a heart
attack at age 56 in Kent, England.
Fleming’s series of novels about the debonair Agent 007, based in part on their dashing author’s real-life experiences, spawned one of the most lucrative film franchises in history.Ian Lancaster Fleming was born into a well-to-do family in London on May 29, 1908. As an adult, he worked as a foreign correspondent, a stockbroker and a personal assistant to Britain’s director of naval intelligence during World War II–experiences that would all provide fodder for his Bond novels.
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You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Ian Fleming’s wartime experiences via the below link:
And you can read my Washington Times On Crime column and two of my Crime Beat columns on Ian Fleming via the below links: