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After the war he worked as foreign manager of the Sunday Times, a job that allowed him to spend two months each year in Jamaica. Here, in 1952, at his home “Goldeneye,” he wrote a book called Casino Royale—and James Bond was born. The first print run sold out within a month. For the next twelve years Fleming produced a novel a year featuring Special Agent 007, the most famous spy of the century. His travels, interests, and wartime experience lent authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler described him as “the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.” Sales soared when President Kennedy named the fifth title, From Russia With Love, one of his favorite books. The Bond novels have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide, boosted by the hugely successful film franchise that began in 1962 with the release of Dr. No.
He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only son Caspar, went on to become the well- loved novel and film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Fleming died of heart failure on August 12, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.
In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), Ian Fleming gives the reader a fuller and more nuanced James Bond than ever before. Read morePublished 18 days ago by M. Buzalka
George Lazenby might have tried to ruin the movie, but the book is still awesome. I suggest picturing Sean in your head while reading.Published 20 days ago by Lou Stephenson
Very well-written adventure of our favorite man on Her Majesty's Secret Service. Nonstop, action as James Bond follows after the trail of the notorious head of SPECTRE, Ernst... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Charles E. Corway
Another great one! On par with Dr No and Thunderball. Love these books. Cant wait to read the next one!Published 1 month ago by John Meehan
This is one of the best written of the original Fleming books if you are expecting a typical spy novel format. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erik
Reading this right after "Thunderball" was recommended and I think that was a good tip. Bond is once again battling Blofeld and SPECTRE, this time in Switzerland. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leslie G
After reading the two odd previous ones this is refreshing. Right back to the old action James Bond of the firsts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edgar A. Gomez Hernandez