Posted by: optionshiftk | June 1, 2008

Happy belated birthday Ian Fleming( 100 years old)


Typically, I am not one to celebrate holidays or festivities with great enthusiasm; however, this past wednesday( May 30) I felt it was necessary to acknowledge the life and career of Ian Fleming. Mr. Fleming  was of course  the original writer and creator of the james bond series of books( 13 in total) Had he not died prematurely in 1964, the prolific writer would have been 100 years of age last wednesday.(2008).

“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”

Movie: Goldfinger (1964)

It is my belief that many people˙have a tarnished view of the James bond series mainly due to the flashy movie franchise. That is not to say the movies are a disgrace to the novels, but certain more recent ones have not been up to par. In my case, I was completely oblivious to the novels and what they had to offer. The novels tend to be technical, yet intriguing at the same time. Contrary to the movie franchise, the james bond novels are in chronological order and were typically written within 1-2  years of each other. As mentioned before, Ian Fleming penned a total of 13 bond novels before his untimely death in 1964. 

“Bond… James Bond.”


Mr. Fleming shared many of the principal qualities as his fictitious character( james bond). For example, both Fleming and Bond had an appetite for attractive woman, as well as fine love of spirits( wine, alcohol, mixes) Fast, dangerous cars pleasured the gentlemen as well. Ultimately, it was these luxurious amenities that killed the  icon. The combination of alcohol, cigarettes( he was said to smoke 80 each day), and an array of woman proved to be deadly. One thing will always remain eternal, and that is the aura and excitement  of  the james bond novels and movies which have brought countless hours of joy to millions of people home and abroad.

“I think he got the point.”

Movie: Thunderball (1965) 





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