Ian Fleming & James Bond first editions
Collecting Ian Fleming and James Bond first editions
Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908–64), banker, Naval Intelligence officer, journalist and novelist, most famous of course for his creation of super secret agent James Bond. Fleming’s stories of Bond’s adventures spanned fourteen books, enshrined in the collective memory of multiple generations courtesy of the film adaptations starring Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig respectively.
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Fleming did write other books however, most notably perhaps Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, originally published in three volumes, also famously made into a film and, more recently, a stage musical.
The adventures of James Bond were continued in literary form as well as cinematic, including contributions by Kingsley Amis (“Robert Markham”), Raymond Benson, John Gardner and Sebastian Faulks.