Ian Fleming

Author, Journalist
While some believed that author Ian Fleming must have lived a life as exciting and adventurous as his famed literary creation, James Bond, nothing could have been further from the truth. Though certain lines of fact and ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1908 in Mayfair, London, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (23)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

(from novel: "Casino Royale") (Source Material)

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Living Daylights 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

Never Say Never Again 1983 (Movie)

("Thunderball") (Source Material (from novel))

Octopussy 1983 (Movie)

From Stories("Octopussy" and "The Property of a Lady") (From Story)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

("Moonraker") (Source Material (from novel))

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Live and Let Die 1973 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

("Diamonds Are Forever") (From Story)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (Movie)

("On Her Majesty's Secret Service") (Source Material (from novel))

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

("Casino Royale") (Source Material (from novel))

You Only Live Twice 1967 (Movie)

("You Only Live Twice") (Source Material (from novel))

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

From Russia With Love 1964 (Movie)

("From Russia With Love") (Source Material (from novel))

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

("Goldfinger") (Source Material (from novel))

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

("Dr No") (Source Material (from novel))
Other (4)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

from title (Other)

Octopussy 1983 (Movie)

from stories("Octopussy" "The Property of a Lady") (Other)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

from stories("For Your Eyes Only" "Risco") (Other)

The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 (Movie)

from title (Other)

Biography

While some believed that author Ian Fleming must have lived a life as exciting and adventurous as his famed literary creation, James Bond, nothing could have been further from the truth. Though certain lines of fact and fiction were definitely blurred - both character and author were consummate womanizers, though the latter was far more sadomasochistic - Fleming was a far cry from the super agent secretly dispatched to take care of Britain's more complicated Cold War problems. Even Fleming's own involvement with an intelligence agency during World War II was nothing more than glorified desk work. Fleming's life was a touch eccentric, however, what with his many affairs with women, late nights in French casinos and a relentless diet of booze and cigarettes. But it was an intense desire to live up to expectations far exceeding his abilities - coupled with an incredible thirst for high-adventure - that prompted the grandson of a Scottish financier to create the ruthless secret agent that graced the pages of his pulp novels in the 1950s. If nothing else, Fleming lived a vicarious life through Bond, one that gave the author an escape from the realization that his own existence was rather mundane.

Relationships

Anne Fleming

Wife
was married when they began an affair married after she became pregnant with their son

Mike Fleming Sound

Brother
younger

Valentine Fleming

Father
member of Parliament died in the Great War, 8 days shy of Ian's 9th birthday Winston Churchill wrote the obituary for The Times

Evelyn Fleming

Mother

James Fleming Props

Nephew
son of Richard born c. 1944

Caspar Fleming

Son
born c. 1952 mother, Anne Fleming died from a suicidal drug overdose in 1975

Peter Fleming

Brother
older

Richard Fleming

Brother
younger

Amaryllis Fleming

Half-Sister
illegitimate half-sister

Robert Fleming

Grandfather
founder of the Scottish American Investment Trust and of merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. (since 2000 part of Chase Manhattan)

Christopher Lee Actor

Step-Cousin

EDUCATION

Munich University

continued German studies

University of Geneva

studied French

Eton College

won the Victor Ludorum at Eton two years running; left before graduation over an incident involving a girl

studied German in Kitzbühel, Austria, at a small private establishment run by the Adlerian disciples, Ernan Forbes Dennis and his American wife, the novelist Phyllis Bottome

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

departed from Sandhurst early

Milestones

1964

Wrote children's novel <i>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang</i>

1963

Based on the most popular novel to date, saw his last Bond film released "From Russia with Love"

1962

Published tenth novel in the James Bond series <i>The Spy Who Loved Me,</i> written in the first person perspective of Vivienne Michel, the female protagonist, whom Fleming credited as co-author

1961

Sold the film rights of all current and future James Bond novels and short stories; co-produced a film version of "Dr. No" (1962)

1955

Published the article "The Great Riot of Istanbul," in the Sunday <i>Times</i>, on Sept. 11, 1955, just days after the Istanbul Pogroms, when ethnic Greeks were attacked by a Turkish mob

1953

Published first novel <i>Casino Royale</i>, which introduced the character of James Bond

1940

Wrote a memorandum about the structure and functions of a secret service organization; parts of this memorandum were later used in the official charter for the OSS (dissolved after World War II and was replaced with the Central Intelligence Agency)

Worked as a sub-editor and journalist for <i>Reuters</i> news service

At the start of WWII, recruited by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence of the Royal Navy, as his personal assistant

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