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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This is a good story line but the book seems to be not totally finished and the character of James Bond is of a different personality in some aspects in this book.
Great book. All I need now is From Russia with Love. I have been looking far and wide for the penguin James Bond novels. They are not easy to track down. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mynor
had read this years ago. this was rereading for nostalgia.so much better than the movie that was made of the story.Published 4 days ago by Francis Burt Fitch
In 1966 when I finished the last page of the paperback edition of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN the immediate thought jumped into my 14-year-old brain: Ian Fleming did not write this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crawford
English author Ian Fleming had a very systematic and orderly routine that he employed in the creation of his 14 James Bond books (12 novels, plus two collections of short stories). Read morePublished 1 month ago by s.ferber
One in a long list go Bond books that our far greater than the movies. I would recommend it if you like 007Published 5 months ago by Kelly Parker
Well written in fluent and various English, nice and relaxing for the reader. The usual book by Ian Fleming, which is worth to be read more than once.Published 6 months ago by dellortodiagonale
Enjoyed this a lot. Very much more so than the movie version. Bond is a much better book character than movie one. This was especially true in this novel.Published 7 months ago by TJ555
I have been interested in reading the Ian Fleming "James Bond" books for years and at these prices I finally decided to take the plunge. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey Kimelman
As always, far better than the silly movie of the same name. Second half seems rushed.
If you expect a story line anywhere remotely similar to the flick, you are in for... Read more