Ian Fleming as a big influence on Len Deighton and here is a piece written by Deighton about Fleming. It’s fascinating in it’s timing, just as Fleming was finishing You Only Live Twice and Deighton was publishing The Ipcress File, as the torch was being passed on. Deighton provides insight into Fleming’s approach, goals in writing and attitude to his Bond creation. Len also reminds us how Ian Fleming was not a gambler! They met over lunch at the The White Tower restaurant on Percy Street in London.
This extract is from Len Deighton’s James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father available on Amazon’s Kindle