On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Gerald Wadsworth

Gerald Wadsworth returns in… On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! The Inspirations Inspiration for a painting can come from one of those inexplicable and unexpected parts of Fleming’s writing. Normally, we race through a story, relishing the action and adventure, the seduction and rejections, the wealth of detail surrounding our favorite spy, and invariably, we find…

The Three Faces of Blofeld

Ian Fleming’s Seven Deadlier Sins: SNOBBERY

Article by Revelator This month we conclude our 7 part series inspired by Ian Fleming’s “Seven Deadlier Sins.” Fleming conceived the idea for a series on the Seven Deadly Sins in the Sunday Times, and though it did not materialize for the paper, a book was published in 1962 that contained essays by some of…

When Harry Met Cubby: The Story of the James Bond Producers

When Harry Met Cubby – Interview with Robert Sellers

Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and Harry Saltzman remain the most successful producing partnership in movie history and together they were responsible for the phenomenally successful James Bond series. Loved and hated in equal measure, respected and feared by their contemporaries, few movie people have loomed as large over the industry as Broccoli and Saltzman, yet…

Bentley 4½ Litre Blower at Jack Barclay Bentley

James Bond Exhibition at Jack Barclay Bentley

Jack Barclay Bentley, the world’s oldest Bentley dealership, is hosting a free James Bond exhibition from 11-16 June in partnership with Peter Harrington Rare Books. The Mayfair dealership will play host to original Bond cars and visitors key objects from the genesis of the James Bond story. The first James Bond cars – from the…

Bond For Glory Tour of Key West, New Orleans and Bahamas

Article by Matt Sherman Dear ALR readers, Mr. Fleming gave us the best possible travelogues, didn’t he? His exciting real-world details filled the spaces between the action scenes, making his Bond and other stories eminently readable. “That’s how it’s done,” to quote Bond author and expert John Cork. I’ve been reading Bond since age 9,…

Bar Swift (Photo: literary007.com)

Win a copy of SHAKEN – The Official 007 Cocktail Book

We’re giving away 2 copies of SHAKEN for the perfect Father’s day gift by answering this question: Kina Lillet was the vermouth used in the Vespa Martini, but in Diamonds Are Forever the Vermouth was a different brand, that Bond said was the ‘best vermouth I ever tasted.’ What was it? Terms & Conditions: This…

Review: ‘Some Kind of Hero’ Updated Paperback Edition

In the wake of the announcement of Bond 25 at Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye retreat where the 007 books were written, it seems appropriate to revisit the road to Bond 25 and the roots of Fleming’s writing which remain in the films. This history is contained in the paperback of Matthew Field’s and Ajay Chowdhury’s “Some…

Thrilling City: Monte Carlo

We all know how Bond likes to clean out Casinos, but was Ian Fleming any good and what kind of gambler was he? In Casino Royale, Fleming pontificates on the role of luck in gambling: “Luck was a servant and not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of…

The Most Iconic Dust Jacket Font in Book Design

Article by Graham M. Thomas According to Robert Harling, the main topic of conversation when he first met Ian Fleming at a party in 1939 was typography; Fleming mentioned that he subscribed to Typography, a magazine that Harling edited. ‘I’ve been a subscriber to your magazine with its singular title from its very first number,’…

Talk of the Devil

For Ian’s Eyes Only: Fleming’s Early Short Stories

One of the rarest pieces of Fleming literature is possibly Ian Fleming’s 128-page scrapbook, in which he wrote down ideas, plot outlines, short sentences and even lengthy excerpts which he considered to feature in future Bond adventures. The scrapbook was never published officially, the known excerpts were jotted down by a reporter of the Daily…

The Property of Faberge

One of the most striking props in any Bond film was the Faberge egg that Roger Moore pursues in the film Octopussy. The Egg seen in the film ‘Octopussy’ is, in fact, a hybrid of the Imperial Coronation Coach Egg, made in 1897. However, the plot idea for the Fabergé auction originates from Ian Fleming’s…