All posts tagged ian fleming
All posts tagged ian fleming
Today’s top item in Book News: Ian Fleming’s racy love letters to his Australian inamorata Edith Morpurgo are being offered for sale by a rare book dealer in the U.K. I was just hoping for some awkward canoodling with the sheets pulled all the way up — but according to bookseller Peter Harrington, one letter — originally written in German because OF COURSE — reads: “If I were to say ‘love’ you would only argue, and then I would have to whip you and you would cry and I don’t want that. I only want for you to be happy. But I would also like to hurt you because you have earned it and in order to tame you like a little wild animal. So be careful, you.”
Covers of Triad/Panther edition James Bond books from 1977 to 1982.
Author Ian Fleming will be honored with his very own airport. Jamaica is set to name its third international airport after the novelist who created James Bond.
Time for another author side-by-side: this time, it’s Ian Fleming and Noel Coward — Coward on the left, and Fleming (in a portrait drawn by Coward), on the right.
I absolutely love Noel Coward (especially his plays Private Lives and Blithe Spirit), but comparing his writing style to Fleming’s seems a little like comparing Tony Kushner to Tom Clancy. Fleming’s books are driven by plot and the sheer magnetism of his leading man. Coward’s plays and short stories sparkle with dialogue: lots of well-dressed ladies and gentlemen drinking cocktails and lobbing bitchy witticisms at one another. Coward’s The Wooden Madonna is the closest thing I can think of to a Bond-type story (intrigue, exotic locales, espionage), which is in a terrific short story collection called To Step Aside.
Though one wrote thrillers and one wrote plays, Fleming and Coward were great friends in real life. Coward was a witness to Fleming’s marriage to Ann Rothemere in 1952. In Jamaica, they were neighbours — Coward first fell in love with the island while staying at Goldeneye, Fleming’s estate. He bought his own property, Blue Harbour, just a few miles up the beach from Goldeneye.
In addition to being a playwright and composer, Coward was also an actor. It seems incredible, but Coward was actually Fleming’s first choice to play metal-handed Julius No in 1962’s Dr. No (the role went to Joseph Wiseman instead). Coward turned down the role via telegram, writing:
Dr. No? No! No! No!
Baccarat chemin-de-fer is the favoured game of Ian Fleming’s secret agent creation, James Bond. He can be seen playing the game in numerous novels – most notably 007’s 1953 debut, Casino Royale, in which the entire plot revolves around a game between Bond and SMERSH operative Le Chiffre (the unabridged version of the novel includes a primer to the game for readers who are unfamiliar with it). It is also featured in several filmed versions of the novels, including Dr. No, where Bond is first introduced playing the game; Thunderball; the 1967 version of Casino Royale (which is the most detailed treatment of a baccarat game in any Bond film); On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; For Your Eyes Only; and GoldenEye.
In the 2006 new movie adaptation of Casino Royale, however, Baccarat is replaced by Texas hold ‘em poker largely due to its great popularity at the time of filming.
Chemin de Fer - french baccarat
This was the original version of Baccarat when it was introduced to France and is still the version that is popular there. The name “Chemin de Fer” (railroad) came about because the cards were placed in an iron box.
Six decks of cards are used, shuffled together. Players are seated in random order, typically around an oval table; discarded cards go to the center. Play begins to the right of the croupier and continues counterclockwise. At the start of the game, the croupier and then all players shuffle the cards in play order. The croupier shuffles a final time and the player to his left cuts the deck.
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Bond himself is not exactly a bookworm, but Fleming often alludes to other books and writers. I am in the midst of cataloguing them here:
According to Ian Fleming’s James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies by John Griswold, M makes reference to Live Longer and Enjoy It! by Dr. Peter Steincrohn when talking to Sir James Molony. M also alludes to The Anatomy of Courage by Lord Moran, wherein he claims “courage is a capital sum reduced by expenditure.”
In Jamaica, Bond is seen reading The Handbook of the West Indies while he eats dinner alone.
To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the birth of Ian Flemming, publishing powerhourse Penguin recently commissioned the very talented British born, San Francisco painter Michael Gillette to paint iconic covers of 14 James Bond novels. Amazing work. His sexy interpretation of the infamous Bond girls, with a striking minimal colour palette overlayed with interlocking 60′s inspire type treatments are so good they’re sure to bounce off the shelf.
Penguin: Covering Bond (May 08, 2008)
First edition cover of Dr. No, Ian Fleming’s sixth James Bond novel, originally published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1958. Illustrated by Pat Marriott.