Ian Fleming by George Almond

Ian Fleming’s Quest for Rommel’s Gold

Recently we celebrated Ian Fleming’s birthday outside his old writing office in Mitre Court in London. Here, Fleming would return from his yearly two month sojourns to Jamaica to polish off the manuscript for his latest Bond adventure. In this elegantly decorated office with Regency-striped wallpaper, was a solid antique desk with a green leather…

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Field Report: Jeff Quest

We welcome Jeff Quest in from the cold, to discuss his impressive collection of first-edition, signed spy novels. What drew you into collecting spy novels? I’ve always been a reader. I started with kid mysteries before branching out into stories with spies, like Gordon Korman’s “Our Man Weston” and the Hardy boys books. As I got…

Ian Fleming with gardener Felix Barriffe

Ian Fleming on Jamaica and Race Relations

On July 4,1952, Ian Fleming wrote ‘Pleasure Islands?’ for The Spectator shortly after completing the draft of Casino Royale, in which he discusses race relations in Jamaica. Article by Revelator; first published here. There are several notable things about this article, starting with the date. Perhaps it’s true that “after forty it is difficult to start a new life,”…

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Navy Strength: Spies on British Screens come to Plymouth Pt. 1

Plymouth University recently put on a conference exploring how spies and the intelligence community have been represented in British cinema and TV and looked at how these representations impact on our perceptions of the security services. Our man in the field Tom May reports. *** On a mild summery Friday morning, the Spies on British Screens…