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Bond's Creator, Ian Fleming

"The Name is Bond, James Bond."

Six words that have been uttered in almost every known language on earth by arguably the most successful Secret Service agent ever. A man who has single-handedly made Aston Martin, the Walther PPK and vodka martinis - shaken but not stirred - household names.

His creator was Ian Fleming. Born 1908, in Mayfair, London, and educated at Eton, where he was Victor Ludorum two years in succession.... a distinction only once equaled. After Sandhurst and Munich and Geneva Universities, he joined Reuters - making his first mark as a journalist during the famous 1933 Moscow trials of British engineers - his introduction into the world of espionage.

After a short spell as partner in a stockbroking firm, he joined the staff of The Times of London and returned to Moscow. During the war he served with the rank of Commander in the British Naval Intelligence Division, and in 1945 he joined the Kemsley Newspapers as foreign manager. At this point, he decided to build a holiday house in Jamaica, which he called "Goldeneye" after the title of the Carson McCullers novel Reflections in a Golden Eye.

Here, he conceived James Bond and completed his first book "Casino Royale" in 1952. Fleming married Anne Rothermere the same year. He wrote two non-fiction books, "The Diamond Smugglers" and "Thrilling Cities" and a classic children's story "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", which was turned into a multi-million dollar musical film by producer Albert R. Broccoli for United Artists release.

Fleming died on August 12th, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.

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