Alongside his relatively new guise as a thriller writer, Fleming retained his position as a journalist at the Sunday Times.  In 1957 the paper invited him to write a story on the International Diamond Security Organisation which worked to crack down on diamond smuggling, a subject Fleming was familiar with after extensively researching Diamonds Are Forever.  The Sunday Times serialised the book over six weeks in September 1957 and Cape published it in November that same year.

‘One day in 1957 I had just answered a letter from an expert in unarmed combat writing from a cover address in Mexico City, and I was thanking a fan in Chile, when my telephone rang…’

The Diamond Smugglers

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