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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.
I'm kind of surprised at all of the one-star ratings for Fleming's last Bond novel. If you consider that "The Man with the Golden Gun" is pretty much a fleshed out rough... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Girod
Bond has recovered from his mission in "You Only Live Twice"... or has he? There are more American gangsters in this story, but they are minor characters fortunately. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shane C. Pruyne
This is one of my favorite in the James Bond series. Great book filled with so much action, I could feel my heart racing! Awesome book, awesome series.Published 3 months ago by BookWorm228
It is a Bond book.. Do I need to say more? Buy it, read it, and enjoy it .Published 4 months ago by Janice
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 4 months 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 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago by s.ferber