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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.
Another great one! On par with Dr No and Thunderball. Love these books. Cant wait to read the next one!Published 1 day 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 day 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Edgar A. Gomez Hernandez
That Bond stumbles on, then works to destroy. Very interesting juxtaposition in Bond's conversations with Blofeld and Bond's conversations with the mafia Don. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kenneth C. Potter
I have been rereading all the Ian Fleming James Bond books that I read when they first came out to see if they are as good as i remembered them to be. They are not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helen W.
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is one of my favorite Bond films, and I was looking forward to reading Fleming's novel to see what was similar and what was different from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Girod