Know Your History – 28th May – Ian Fleming born

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On this day… 28th May, 1908 – Ian Fleming

Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. He wrote his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, Ian Flemingat the age of 44 and went on to sell over 100 million books worldwide. Eleven more Bond novels and a very famous children’s book cemented his position as one of the best-selling and best-loved authors of the 20th century.

On Writing

“ take my mind of the shock at getting married at the age of forty-three” as he later said, he decided to write the spy novel to end all spy novels, and gave it the title “Casino Royale”.

Ian was a man with a boyish enthusiasm, so when he started such a project, he poured all his energy into it. He was also a man of habits, so he integrated writing into his daily routine, which he would follow day in and day out without exceptions.

Six weeks after Ian had started writing for the first time, he completed “Casino Royale”.

To find out more about Ian Flemings writing routine visit:-

Did You Know?..

Not many people realise that Fleming also wrote the books that inspired the 1968 Dick Van Dyke film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car was chitty chitty bang bangabout an eccentric inventor’s adventures with his thinking, flying Paragon Panther was written for Fleming’s son Caspar and published in three volumes, the first in 1964.

It was serialised in the Daily Express every day for a week when it was published.

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