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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.
I've always liked the Bond movies and this was my first Flemming read. It surpassed my expectations and I suspect the other books won't be as good.Published 22 days ago by letithappen355
We're all familiar with this story, and the book does not disappoint. I love reading books from this era for nostalgic reasons - the outdated roles of men and women, attitude... Read morePublished 25 days ago by John Maupin
This is a well crafted Fleming Thriller. Most of the movies diverge significantly from the Fleming Books they are loosely based on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Morgan
I've seen a handful of Bond movies over the years but this was the first novel in the series I've read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Davewise
This book does have a specific allure that is very of it's time. James Bond is not really the most likable character - he is charming and endlessly resourceful, but his treatment... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charlene
Having seen all the 007 movies and read most of the books I was disappointed by this particular volume. The story seemed to lack a spark of energy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Panache
It met all my expectations. I will recommend it to friends. Thank you for excellent quality of book and service.Published 5 months ago by Dubravka Moshfegh
Bond's only love, gone after a rough and tumble adventure and honest courtship. Sorry James, we feel for you. Until the next book...Published 5 months ago by Z
This has everything you need in a Bond book. A great villain, tons of action, a credible love interest. And that fantastic ending. This one and Dr. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer