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Ian Fleming's Inspiration (Hardback)

The Truth Behind the Books

British History P&S History Social History

By Edward Abel Smith
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 32 black and white
ISBN: 9781526757692
Published: 30th May 2020

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James Bond is possibly the most well known fictional characters in history. What most people don’t know is that almost all of the characters, plots and gadgets come from the real life experiences of Bond’s creator - Commander Ian Fleming.

In this book, we go through the plots of Fleming’s novels explaining the real life experiences that inspired them. The reader is taken on a journey through Fleming’s direct involvement in World War II intelligence and how this translated through his typewriter into James Bond’s world, as well as the many other factors of Fleming’s life which were also taken as inspiration. Most notably, the friends who Fleming kept, among whom were Noel Coward and Randolph Churchill and the influential people he would mingle with, British Prime Ministers and American Presidents.

Bond is known for his exotic travel, most notably to the island of Jamaica, where Fleming spent much of his life. The desk in his Caribbean house, Goldeneye, was also where his life experiences would be put onto paper in the guise of James Bond. As the island was highly influential for Fleming, it features heavily in this book, offering an element of escapism to the reader, with tales of a clear blue sea, Caribbean climate and island socialising.

Ian Fleming might have died prematurely aged 53, but so much of him lives on to this day through the most famous spy in the world, James Bond.

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About Edward Abel Smith

Edward Abel Smith published his first book, Active Goodness, in 2017 through Kwill Publishing. The book followed the remarkable and relatively unknown true story of Doreen Warriner, Trevor Chadwick and Nicholas Winton’s quest to save over 7,000 political and Jewish refugees from the advancing Nazis in Prague. The profits from the book go to Young Roots, a refugee charity focused on supporting juvenile people in the United Kingdom.


Born in 1991, Edward lives in London with his wife and their puppy, Vesper.

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