Who is more Mantastic than James Bond?
Feeling fantastic after the successful completion of a particularly macho feat is what urban dictionary refers to as “Mantastic!”
On this day in 1964, the British author and journalist Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the world’s most famous fictional spy, dies of a heart attack at age 56 in Kent, England.
Fleming’s series of novels about the debonair Agent 007, based in part on their dashing author’s real-life experiences, spawned one of the most lucrative film franchises in history, but how did the James Bond character come about?
Little did Ian Fleming know when he created James Bond, 007, the culture and phenomenon that would be created along him?
James Bond’s literary father, Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on May 28, 1908. As young man, Fleming tried journalism as a career and achieved fame with his coverage of a spy trial in Russia during the 1930’s. He later moved away from journalism and into a career in banking only to become bored and to rejoin the newspaper as a journalist. Fleming was sent to Russia to cover news for The Times, but in actual fact was working undercover as a spy for the British government.
With the start of World War II, Fleming joined the British naval intelligence, excelled and gained a position of commander.
As the war prolonged he continued to excel in his work and later headed a secret commando squadron which performed numerous high profile missions which he had developed.
Towards the end of the war, Fleming visited Jamaica only to fall in love with the island. It was here, where Fleming after the war, would settle down with his newly brought gold plated typewriter in 1953, and write his first novel, Casino Royale in which James Bond entered the world.
Today’s YouTube video clip below is the original theme song to James Bond, shared by user name funky cave man;
As an author myself people often ask me that question of what should I write about?
If you write about what you know, you have the opportunity to engage your audience by your own experiences you had in life, which is how Fleming developed James Bond, because he wrote about himself in way that intrigued his readers.
So my advice to all authors is, be who you are, not what people may expect you to be, as we celebrate the character of James Bond today that was created by Ian Fleming.
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