'Connoisseurs of realistic fiction will particularly note the careful documentation fo the Secret Service background, the chilling portrait of Le Chiffre, the authentic menace of SMERSH, and the sensual appeal of the girl in ''Soi Sauvage''…' The Author.
Following a spell with Reuters and then as a stockbroker in the City, Fleming joined the Navy at the outbreak of war in 1939. As personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, he found the war “”intensely exciting””. When it was over Lord Kemsley offered him the foreign managership of Kemsley newspapers. Fleming accepted on condition that he could have two months' holiday a year to spend at his house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica, where subsequently he did most of his writing, If his war experiences and his post-war job provided the background for his thrillers, Fleming maintained that it was his marriage to Anne, Viscountess Rothermere in 1952 that spurred him to start writing.
First edition, in the first issue dust-jacket without the Sunday Times review on the upper flap, 8vo, publisher's black cloth lettered in red on spine and with heart design on upper cover, dust-jacket 'devised by the author', expert restoration to top edge of upper panel, spine ends and fold corners of flaps, otherwise it now presents as a near-fine (or better) example; preserved in a custom-made slip-case.
Gilbert A1a (1.1).
Stock ID: 96366