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…

James Bond at the Edinburgh Spy Week

Edinburgh Spy Week is in its sixth year of celebrating spy fiction, film and history. This year a Bond theme runs throughout the week (5th to 12th April), so three of the Spy Week team, Simon Cooke, Penny Fielding and David Sorfa, sat down to talk about Casino Royale. 001. Casino Royale was a new kind…