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The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters by [Bloomsbury Publishing]
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"Open to almost any page and you’ll find something irresistible." ―Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

"[T]his delightful anthology contains a great deal of helpful information for Bond aficionados." ―Library Journal

"Edited by his nephew Fergus Fleming, they reveal a man of extraordinary drive and ambition who used every ounce of his considerable influence to promote his fictional creation." ―Wall Street Journal

“Ian Fleming writes with a kind of pushing, bloodcurdling elegance. His thrillers are models of fastidious murder.” ―New York Times

“Fleming is splendid; he stops at nothing.” ―New Statesman

"Entertaining and revealing." ―The Times

"Featuring private letters typed on his storied golden typewriter and sent to friends and colleagues, The Man with the Golden Typewriter offers a closer look at the origins of popular culture’s most indelible secret agent. Alongside Fergus Fleming’s scrupulous background research, the letters reveal much about the series' early evolution and even drop some major behind-the-scenes 007 bombshells." ―Maxim.com

"Constantly entertaining . . . So much here to amuse and inform . . . Not least the tender relationship Fleming maintains with William Plomer, his editor at Cape, and Bond completists will delight in the subtle tweaks to early manuscripts. But it is Fleming's replies to his picky readers that supply the most fun . . . The most sobering and self-effacing appraisal of Fleming's achievements emerges from his correspondence with Raymond Chandler, to which Fergus Fleming devotes a brilliant chapter." ―The Observer

"Fergus Fleming, provides generous contextual commentary on the fascinating missives. Readers will enjoy watching Fleming interact with his editors, fans, and famous friends such as David Niven, W. Somerset Maugham, and Noel Coward." ―Publishers Weekly

"It has great appeal . . . These friendly, knockabout letters are a treat, although the steely eyed attention of the editors makes it difficult to go back to the Bond books with a straight face . . . Writing to fans and friends, Fleming is modest, quick-witted and able to stand at substantial ironic distance from the books he refers to as 'opuscula.'" ―Sunday Telegraph

"[Fleming’s] skills would have impressed his uncle, whose interest in the editing, design and marketing of his novels rings through his correspondence. The letters themselves--stylish, often hilarious, meticulous and unflagging--are models of an art." ―Country Life

"Ian Fleming is fascinating . . . Many of his letters here, particularly the fifty or so to readers among the general public, show great warmth, charm and humour, and demonstrate the sense of fun that was his original motivation." ―Literary Review

"Anyone who thinks Fleming’s success was a stroke of good fortune – that he stumbled across a winning formula – will be disillusioned by this collection of his letters, all touching on his Bond writing in one way or another ... They reveal a man of extraordinary drive and ambition who used every ounce of his considerable influence to promote his fictional creation." - Toby Young, Wall Street Journal

"Fleming’s remarks are a revelation . . . The letters--mostly from Fleming to publishers, experts in such fields a guns and cars, writers such as Raymond Chandler and Noel Coward--are full of good jokes . . . You don’t have to be a Bond nut to enjoy it." - Nicolas Lezard, The Guardian

About the Author

Fergus Fleming is Ian Fleming's nephew, He is also the author of several other non-fiction books including Barrow's Boys, Killing Dragons and Ninety Degrees North.

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  • File Size: 2507 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1632864894
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0164G8FUU
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