Life of Ian Fleming
by John Cork, The Ian Fleming
He is also the author of The James Bond Encyclopedia
lived a remarkably uncompromising life in a world full of compromises. To sum
up his life in the short space available would be an impossible task even for
the most efficient writer, so all that follows is a simple pastiche. Further reading
is highly recommended.
Born in 1908 as
the son of Valentine Fleming, and the grandson of the wealthy Scottish banker
Robert Fleming, Ian Lancaster Fleming grew up the member of a rare class of Englishmen
for whom all options are open. The privilege of class and respect came not merely
from his grandfather's money, as wealth alone in England does not guarantee open
doors. The Fleming family earned their social stripes with service and blood.
Ian's father was a service-oriented land-owner in Oxfordshire and a member of
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