007 Mastermind

Ian Fleming

In Casino Royale, his first book written in 1952, Ian Fleming states that “history is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts”. How much truth is there in that, still today.

Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1962) was a British author, journalist, and naval intelligence officer who was born in London’s Mayfair district. His father was a Member of Parliament and his grandfather the co-founder of the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. His education began at Eton, followed by Sandhurst, and stints at universities in Geneva and Munich.

During the second world war, Fleming worked for Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division, first as the personal assistant to Rear Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, and full-time from August 1939, under the codename ‘17F’. Although not truly qualified, Ian excelled and quickly promoted to lieutenant-commander in just a few months. His career continued until his demobilisation in May 1945. He became Foreign Manager of The Sunday Times owned Kemsley newspaper group, bought a house in Jamaica that he named Goldeneye pursuant to his involvement in the planning of Operation Goldeneye during the war, and decided to write a book. Casino Royale was written within two months and published in 1953.

The novel was an enormous success, with three print runs, and the beginning of 007’s adventures.

“The name is Bond – James Bond”.

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