Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Fleming. Ian Fleming."

Ian Fleming was born on May 28, 1908. An intelligence officer in WWII, he introduced James Bond to the world in Casino Royale in 1953. Bond, like his creator, was also in the intelligence business, but unlike his creator, he had a license to kill, denoted by the double 0s in his code number, 007. But, of course, you know all that already.

The Bond books had a slow start in the US. It took a recommendation from then President John Kennedy to make the books bestsellers in the States. Around that time the first Bond film, Dr. No, came out, starting a series that continues to this day (Sony has recently signed up for the next installment).

There's an abundance of Fleming/Bond material on the internet. There's an offical site for Fleming that is as good a place as any to start feasting on all that material, from films to tv shows to books to rumors to parodies to you-name-it. I wish there was more Fleming video, though. This little teaser below really convinces me that, if he were an actor, he could have played the Bond part as well as anyone. And he was right not to go with Peregrine Corruthers!

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