The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters
'Constantly entertaining ... So much here to amuse and inform' Observer
'These friendly, knockabout letters are a treat' Sunday Telegraph
'Irresistible' New York Times ________________________
Before the world-famous Bond films came the world-famous novels. This book tells the story of the man who wrote them and how he created spy fiction's most compelling hero.
In August 1952, Ian Fleming bought a gold-plated typewriter as a present to himself for finishing his first novel, Casino Royale. It marked in glamorous style the arrival of James Bond, agent 007, and the start of a career that saw Fleming become one of the world’s most celebrated thriller writers. Before his death in 1964 he produced fourteen bestselling Bond books, two works of non-fiction and the famous children’s story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.
Fleming’s output was matched by an equally energetic flow of letters. He wrote constantly, to his wife, publisher, editors, fans, critics and friends, including Raymond Chandler, Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham. His letters - witty and charming, funny and revealing - chart 007’s progress: from badgering his publisher about his quota of free copies to apologising to readers for having mistaken a certain brand of perfume and for equipping Bond with the wrong kind of gun.
Collected here together by his nephew, the letters provide a fascinating insight into the mind of the man who created a worldwide sensation.
'Splendid' New Statesman
'A revelation' Guardian'A fascinating portrait of Bond's creator, revealing a man of keen wit and charm' Gentleman's Journal
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