Friday, October 1, 2021

A Look Back At Ian Fleming, The Man Who Created James Bond: My Washington Times On Crime Column On Why The Bond Character Continues To Resonate

The Washington Times published my On Crime column on Oliver Buckton’s (seen in the below photo) biography of Ian Fleming. 

I’ve been an Ian Fleming aficionado since I was a teenager and read all of Ian Fleming’s thrillers after seeing “Dr. No,” and “From Russia With Love,” the first two films featuring Sean Connery as James Bond. 

I reached out to Oliver Buckton, the author of a new biography of the late, great thriller writer called “The World is Not Enough: A Biography of Ian Fleming.” I asked him why he wrote the book. 

“I had done research on Ian Fleming for my previous book, “Espionage in British Fiction and Film Since 1900: The Changing Enemy,” Mr. Mr. Buckton replied. “I had a chapter on Bond and Fleming that showed how Fleming had updated the spy novel for the 20th century. I felt it was time for a fresh evaluation of Fleming’s life and career. Particularly, Fleming’s deep involvement in the writing and publication process, his interest in environment, and a different take on his relationships with women.” 

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