New Photographs of Ian Fleming Acquired from Loomis Dean Archive

Ian Fleming Images is delighted to announce the acquisition of Loomis Dean’s fantastic photographs of Ian Fleming, a selection of which first featured in Life Magazine in the 1960s.  This historic collection of images will further enhance the image offering available through Ian Fleming Images which, alongside Ian Fleming Publications, works to promote Fleming’s literary legacy.

Loomis Dean, 1917-2005, photographed a wide variety of people and events during his long career with his work ranging from time as an aerial reconnaissance photographer in the Pacific during the Second World War to photographing the likes of Elvis Presley and many Hollywood greats of the 1950s.  This was followed by 25 years covering events and photographing personalities all over the world whilst based at Life Magazine’s Paris office.  Loomis Dean’s photographs appeared on over 50 covers of Life, including the iconic photograph of Ian Fleming behind the wheel of a Bentley seen below.

Dean was famed for his ability to put his subjects at ease whilst adding amusing or interesting elements to the scene, setting his photos apart from more traditional portrait shots.  This sense of fun imbues Dean’s photographs and the mixture of reportage, candid and formal portrait styles give the viewer an insight into the personality of the subject and an appealing sense of informality and atmosphere.  The 17 photographs include portrayals of Fleming in situations in which James Bond might have found himself – behind the wheel of a fine motor car or inspecting Brazilian gold coins through a magnifying glass – blurring the lines between the author and his hero.  Other images in the collection access a more private part of Fleming’s life, such as cooking his famous scrambled egg recipe as featured in the Herald Tribune article Fleming wrote titled “007 in New York”.

Ian Fleming Images offers a broad range of photographs of the James Bond author throughout his life for both commercial and editorial licensing; we look forward to helping you find the best image for your requirements.

For any image licensing queries please contact enquiries@ianfleming.com.Ian Fleming in Bentley, 1962Ian Fleming behind the wheel of a friend’s 4 1/2 litre Bentley, much like the one driven by Bond

Ian Fleming looking at Brazilian pirate coins with a magnifying glass, 1962Ian Fleming examining old Brazilian coins at a London coin shop where he researched pirate gold for the book Live and Let Die, 1962

Ian Fleming cooking scrambled eggs at home, 1962

Ian Fleming cooking scrambled eggs at his London home, 1962