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Fleming, Ian Fleming

Fleming, Ian Fleming
Sean Connery

Today is a very important date for all of us. On this day in 1908, the creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming, was born.

I understand we’re not all fans of espionage novels or movies but we all know Bond. We grew up with him. He is an iconic character that will be with us forever and we need to celebrate him. (I personally think that it should be a public holiday – licence to kill… routine – ok maybe not).

There’s a Bond for everyone. Played by 8 actors over 26 movies and 58 years and if you’re not into the movies you can always refer to the novels with the first one, Casino Royale, written in 1952 (which makes 68 years of Bond!)

I know we’ve all got opinions on which actor is the best so let me get this out of the way – Pierce Brosnan.

Anyway, James Bond’s day is here. Let’s reminisce and enjoy! For me for example I remember my dad introducing me to the character so it holds a particular place in my heart. I know I asked him innocently as a child why James Bond never had a wife; he replied that he had been scorned by love and that was the whole thing that shaped his personality. I didn’t realise at the time but dad must have been a real fan and that makes Bond, James Bond, very special indeed. 

Now there’s a name to die for. – Die another day

Pierce Brosnan

Set your DVD players to 007 people, It’s Pierce Brosnan time! (Just kidding, any Bond will do haha).

Did you know that Cockburn has links to the James Bond novels?

The Azelia Ley Homestead Museum holds a collection of photographs from the Manning family. Amongst them are several of Dora Philby, sister-in-law to Cockburn’s illustrious Manning family.

Dora also happens to be the mother of Kim Philby, one of the notorious English double-agents who defected to the USSR and influenced Ian Fleming’s writing of the James Bond novels.

To find out more about Kim Philby and other characters from the British intelligence world that influenced the James Bond novels, check out A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre.

Reserve a copy on our catalogue or check out the eBook on overdrive.

About The Author

Jen P

Hi, my name is Jen and I work at the Spearwood Public Library. I help with the Home Library Service and take care of the new items that come in. I love movies so if you need help choosing one don't hesitate to come and ask me.

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