Facts about Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming died at 56 years old
Born: May 28, 1908
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: The creator of James Bond 007

     
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Ian Fleming Biography

Ian Fleming is the author who created the fictional and enduring superspy James Bond. Bond is the suave, lady-killing British agent (code name “007”) who travels the globe, battles super-villains bent on world domination, and famously prefers his vodka martinis “shaken, not stirred.”

Ian Fleming was born into a well-to-do family, attended Eton as a teen, and bounced around in a variety of jobs before working in military intelligence during World War II. After the war he took to writing, and published his first Bond adventure, Casino Royale, in 1953. The book was a hit, and Fleming wrote 11 more Bond novels and two short-story collections before his death just a decade later, in 1964.

Widely read, the stories spawned an even more profitable series of James Bond movies which continued into the 21st century, with Sean ConneryRoger Moore and Daniel Craig among the most famous actors to play Bond. Ian Fleming also wrote a series of travel books and the popular children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Ian Fleming wrote his Bond stories at his estate in Jamaica, which he named Goldeneye… Ian Fleming married socialite Ann Charteris on March 24, 1952. Their only son, Caspar, was born in August of that year. Caspar Fleming committed suicide at age 23, in 1975.


     

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