Daily Trivia : Ian Fleming

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Ian Fleming was born in London, England on 28th May,1908. He had originally wanted to be a diplomat, but he failed the Foreign Office examination and decided to go into journalism. He worked for the Reuters News Service in London, Moscow, and Berlin, and then during World War II, he served as the assistant to the British director of naval intelligence.

After the war, he bought a house in Jamaica, where he spent his time fishing and gambling and bird watching. He started to get bored, so he decided to try writing a novel about a secret agent. He named the agent James Bond after the author of a bird-watching book.

Fleming said, “James Bond is … the feverish dreams of the author of what he might have been — bang, bang, bang, kiss, kiss, that sort of stuff. It’s what you would expect of an adolescent mind — which I happen to possess.”

Fleming’s first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. The book had been written the previous year while he was on vacation at his home, which he named Goldeneye after a military mission, in Jamaica.

While this first Bond novel came and went with little notice, Fleming’s stories of a super spy with a license to kill soon began to catch on. Live and Let Die came out in England in 1954 quickly followed by Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever. Readers began to eagerly scoop up these tales of fast cars, beautiful women and deadly intrigue. American president John F. Kennedy and England’s Prince Philip were reportedly among Fleming’s many fans.

During his writing career, Fleming produced twelve Bond novels and several short stories featuring his super spy. He saw his famed character brought to life on the big screen in 1962 in Dr. No with Sean Connery as James Bond, a character who went on to become one of the longest run film franchises in movie history.

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