Did you know…

Ian Fleming

  • Had a distinguished book collection, which now belongs to Indiana University.
  • His first sporting achievement came when he won his house’s junior long jump competition in March 1922.
  • Blofeld and Fleming share a birth date – 28 May 1908.
  • He owned a house in Jamaica, which he named Goldeneye.
  • He was close friends with Noël Coward, who would often visit him in Jamaica.
  • In 1926, his nose was broken in a rugby game by Henry Douglas-Home, brother of the
    future Prime Minister.
  • Ian Fleming was responsible for the name Napoleon Solo in the television series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and for the name April Dancer, originally planned as Solo’s assistant, but eventually the lead character in The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
  • He borrowed many of his friends’ names for characters in his novels.
  • He donated an ornate silver chamber pot as a trophy for the Old Etonian Golfing Society.
  • In 1941, while working for Naval Intelligence in World War II, Ian Fleming wrote a memorandum with recommendations on how to set up the CIA.
  • Ian Fleming never owned a Bentley or an Aston Martin.
  • Dame Celia Johnson, star of the David Lean classic film, Brief Encounter, was Ian Fleming’s sister-in-law.
  • Ian Fleming’s father, Valentine, was killed in World War I when Ian was nine. His youngest brother, Michael, died in World War II.
  • He had strong views on road safety and campaigned for more dramatic road signs.
  • Ian’s great grandfather was solicitor to prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli.
  • The Booker Prize for fiction, now called the Man Booker Prize, would not have existed but for a deal struck over copyrights between Ian Fleming and Booker brothers, a large agro-industrial company, in 1964.
  • Fleming’s first car was a Morris, which he called Zoroastra. His last car was a Studebaker Avanti.

James Bond

  • He’s half Scottish, half Swiss.
  • He has a golf handicap of 9, which he shares with his creator Ian Fleming.
  • He smokes – up to 70 cigarettes a day, of his own blend created for him by Morland’s.
  • He doesn’t wear a bow-tie (unlike his creator) – he often wears a black knitted silk tie.
  • He doesn’t like painted fingernails.
  • He speaks French and German fluently, as well as some Japanese and some Russian.

Miscellaneous

  • The original title for the book Moonraker was Mondays Are Hell.
  • The Broccoli family’s James Bond film franchise is the longest running movie series in history.
  • James Bond is married, once, to the Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, known as Tracy. The marriage lasts for just over an hour and a half, as she is killed as they drive to Kitzbuhel.
  • Dr No has his heart on the wrong side of his body.
  • Mr Big’s full name was Buonapart Ignace Gallia.
  • John McLusky drew the first face of Bond for the strip cartoon in the Daily express in 1958. The strip feature ran for many years, John McKlusky providing the artwork up to 1983.
  • There have been seven screen James Bonds: Barry Nelson, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig (excluding all those in the 1967 spoof film of Casino Royale)