Ian Fleming: A Biography

by Coral Sandberg

What's in the book?

The life and times of Ian Fleming, in one convenient little book.

    • Background and Basics
    • Ian Fleming the Writer
    • Major Accomplishments and Awards
    • Personal Life
    • Public Statements and Attributed Quotes
    • Conclusion
    • Fleming Trivia and Facts
    • Roger Hargreaves Trivia and Facts
    • Sources and Further Reading



In modern literature, there are few characters more recognizable than James Bond. For decades he has represented the quintessential super spy, both in print and in film. From that iconic martini (shaken, not stirred) to his signature gun, the Walter PPK, his idiosyncrasies are familiar to fans and laypeople of all ages. The creator of this immortal symbol of sophisticated deception was Ian Lancaster Fleming, author of the first fourteen of the infamous James Bond novels over the course of twelve years.

Fleming was an undeniably eccentric man, whose life only flirted with the excitement found in his fiction. However, there are some parallels to be found between the real man and the fictional one.


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After leaving Sandhurst, Fleming spent a year studying in Austria at an experimental educational facility called the Tennerhof, which attempted to deal with troubled youth using the psychological theories of Alfred Adler. Here, Fleming used his considerable charm to seduce a string of Austrian maidens, which nearly led to his expulsion. Ernan and Phyllis Forbes-Dennis, who ran the school, were very conservative, and he would have been kicked out for his abominable behavior if it hadn't been for a tearful apology made to his patrons. It was at this time in his life when Fleming finally set himself a realistic goal for his future, and began to pursue the path toward the British Foreign Office, where he would find the inspiration for many of the characters and scenes that would become the stories of James Bond.

At this point Fleming began running a unit for the British military whose purpose was to collect all intelligence left behind immediately after a battle had taken place, which he did with much success. In 1945 he retired from the Navy and went to work for a large news organization that included The London Sunday Times. He demanded that his contract include a guaranteed two month vacation every year, which he got. This was important because in 1944 Fleming had discovered the wonders of Jamaica, and had immediately purchased a piece of land and built himself an eccentric's getaway he’d named “Goldeneye.”

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