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The London Homes of Ian Fleming

Article by David Salter Ian Fleming, like his alter ego James Bond was a Londoner. Born here in 1908, he lived and worked here all his life, until his death in 1964. This long attachment was broken up by his schooldays at Eton, childhood days at the family home, Joyce Grove in Oxfordshire, his time…

A Family Affair: The Other Fleming Writers

Ian Fleming sits as one of the most famous and successful thriller writers of all time, who casts a long shadow over his peers, and not least his own family. Here we look at some other talented Fleming writers, spanning multiple generations. Peter Fleming Ian’s older brother Peter needs little introduction. As a highly successful travel…

For Club and Country

For Club and Country – The Inspirations for Blades Club

Article by David Salter and Jonathan Cull. For Bond devotees of London’s clubland, it is of some interest to watch Blade’s, M’s club, gradually turn, as the books progress, from a 20th century version of its sybaritic predecessor, the Scavoir Vivre*, into straightforward Boodle’s. Fleming usually lunched at Boodle’s and was devoted to it. He stated that a…

Agent of Influence – Jeremy Duns on Antony Terry

“Have no fear,” Fleming advises reporter Antony Terry in 1955, “you are by far the best correspondent in Germany and all you have to do is to write what you think and not be afraid of it”  (Lenart, Judith, comp. Yours Ever Ian Fleming: Letters to and from Antony Terry. Nelson, New Zealand: Printhouse Nelson…