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"Among the most enjoyable works on and around Bond is The Bond Code. It's a splendid piece...which asserts that the young Fleming plotted to create Bond 'as a great alchemical work to fulfill his own tumultuous and chaotic mind' while leaving 'a set of clues and codes for us to decipher.'"

--Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Philip Gardiner is the international best-selling author of Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed; The Ark, the Shroud, and Mary; Secret Societies; and Gateways to the Otherworld. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows and created several award-winning documentaries, including Freemasonry for the Discovery Channel. He speaks at venues throughout the world, from the United States and Europe to Australia and New Zealand.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630049
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mrs. R. H. A. Wenner on April 5, 2008
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This literary deconstruction is at least as entertaining as its subject. I compare it favorably to studies of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with regard to autobiographical influences on his creation of literature's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. Ian Fleming was--like A. Conan Doyle-- a complex and jaded educated man with both a sense of history and a spiritual dark side which seem to have deliberately informed his idealized, fictional alter ego.

At the very least, Gardiner demonstrates that Fleming's James Bond adventure series is an elaborate literary conceit with private jokes and allusions Fleming didn't care whether the average reader discerned or not--which makes it even more piquant than his most devoted fans could desire. Whether one buys Gardiner's premise or not --and he seems to have done his homework--fans of the Bond oeuvre will enjoy this book. It's the thinking man's "Da Vinci Code".

On a personal note, besides having taught English, I am a retired ornithologist who worked for years in the (formerly British) West Indies. When I was starting out in my early 20's I had the great good fortune of having the REAL James Bond, THE legendary West Indian ornithologist, then living in Philadelphia in his late 80's, --as a kindly and brilliant mentor. Fleming's fictional spy caused him no end of inconvenience, ("What's your REAL name sir?" ) as recounted in a delightful informal memoir "Far Afield in the Caribbean" by Dr Bond's wife, Mary Wickham Bond. If your interest is birdwatching, the Caribbean, or the eccentricities of marriage to a field naturalist, it's worth looking up this charming, out-of-print book.
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Leave it to Philip Gardiner to pierce the veil of Ian Fleming's James Bond series so convincingly. While I always enjoyed the adventure side of Bond movies, it was interesting to find first that Fleming played a role, a most significant role, in British intelligence, and second that he had a darker role as student of the occult. The book was an enjoyable and quick read the first time. Then I read it again as I went out and rented Casino Royale, You only live Twice and View to a Kill.
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He talks about James Bond and Bond's Dark Side,
but doesn't really say anything. Several movie/book facts are incorrect, e.g., he talks about the "dragon" in Live and Let Die. In reality, the dragon he is describing was in Dr. No (the tank with wings and a flame thrower). If you are looking for Bond, stay away from the book: you'll be disappointed.
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Couldn't put this book down, once i started reading it. Extensively researched life of the creator of the "James Bond" series,.. books and movies,.. Ian Flemming was a very interesting fellow.. Along with many of the Real people that he came into contact with. Alot of mysterious and interesting things were revealed in this book.
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Inspiration has to come from somewhere. "The Bond Code: The Dark World of Ian Fleming and James Bond" takes a look behind the man behind the icon of pulp spy fiction, Ian Fleming. Touching on a long list of facts and how Fleming came across them ranging from the moniker 007, Fleming's final novel, and more, "The Bond Code" is fascinating reading to any Bond fan or any who want to understand the man behind the phenomenon.
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The devil is in the details. This tome reveals that Mr. Fleming crammed his novels with insider references to a number of subjects. This might be of value to aspiring writers everywhere.
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