Interesting Facts About Ian Lancaster Fleming: 20th-Century Novelist

We love fun! None of us would want to live a stressful life, and that is why when you’re stressed you try to find something to unwind. One way of relieving stress is watching a film. Movies are the source of entertainment for several people around the world. They have formed an integral part of our societies. Through them, we learn a lot regarding what’s happening in the world.

Film actors come and go. Ian Fleming is now gone, but James Bond will remain an essential part of popular culture. Ian is a famous 20th-century novelist who came up with a fictional spy character, James Bond in the 1950s. He’s one of the greatest writers in Britain.

Ian Fleming was born on May 28, 1908, in Mayfair, London. Many people will remember him for writing the child’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1964) and popular series of James Bond novels.

Ian’s mother, Evelyn St Croix Fleming, was a renowned English socialite and his father, Valentine, was a member of parliament. Fleming had three brothers, namely Michael, Peter, and Richard, and a half-sister called Amaryllis.

He grew up in an affluent and influential family in Mayfair, London. His father was killed while fighting on the Western Front (World War I). In March 1952, Ian married Ann Charteris. The couple had only one child named Caspar Fleming.

After completing his education at Durnford School in Dorset, Ian joined Eton College in 1921. Later, he attended Royal Military College at Sandhurst in 1927. Between 1927 and 1931, Ian Fleming moved to Austria where he attended a small private school. He went ahead to study briefly at the University of Munich and Geneva.

In 1931, Fleming became a journalist for Reuters News Agency. Two years later, he left his job and took another part; he became a stockbroker. Ian has had quite an interesting life. Without further ado, let’s look at some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Ian Fleming.

  1. In an article in Life Magazine, President Kennedy revealed that Fleming’s From Russia With Love was one of his favorite books. That saw a significant rise in the sales of Fleming’s books across the world. Also, Dr. No was featured in the film starring Sean Connery, which hit the big screens in 1962. It became the first James Bond Movie to be adapted for the big screen.
  2. Ian Fleming secured a job at the Kemsley newspaper group after the war ended. In 1946, a bungalow in Jamaica, which he later named it the “Goldeneye.” Being his place of solitude, Fleming stayed while writing his spy novels. He later remarked: “Would these books have been born if I had not been living in the gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it.”
  3. In 1942, Ian started to create the 30 Assault Unit –a special group of intelligence agents who were required to gather the necessary intelligence regarding equipment, codes, documents and the personnel of the enemy. Therefore, they had to carry out covert infiltrations into the territory of the enemy by air, land or sea, or move ahead of the advancing Allied forces. At one point, Ian claimed that he “couldn’t have had a more interesting time” while working during the World War II.
  4. Although Ann O’Neill was married to the Irish peer Shane O’Neill, Fleming started having an affair with her in 1939. Unfortunately, Ann’s husband was killed during the combat in World War II, and she decided to marry Lord Rothermere in 1945. After marrying again, Ann and Fleming didn’t stop their affair.
  5. Fleming started writing Casino Royale. It became the first of his many James Bond Novels. He published it in 1953. Within a month of its release, Fleming sold 4,750 copies. One year later, he published Live and Let Die. Moonraker followed in 1955. Fleming was an excellent writer. He released a new novel each year between 1953 and his death in 1964.
  6. For Ian, M stood for mother. He nicknamed his mother, M, when he was a young. He didn’t have a good relationship with his mother. He later revealed that he considered her an overprotective and fussy mother. He gave one of the characters in his novels the nickname “M.”

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