For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond [NOOK Book]

Overview

?I am going to write the spy story to end all spy stories'


One morning in February 1952, a journalist called Ian Fleming sat down at his desk and set about creating a fictional secret agent. James Bond was born and would go on to become one of the most successful, enduring and lucrative creations in literature. But Bond's world of glamour and romance, gadgets and cocktails, espionage and villainy wasn't entirely drawn from imagination: Fleming's background and his experiences as an intelligence officer during ...
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Overview

‘I am going to write the spy story to end all spy stories'


One morning in February 1952, a journalist called Ian Fleming sat down at his desk and set about creating a fictional secret agent. James Bond was born and would go on to become one of the most successful, enduring and lucrative creations in literature. But Bond's world of glamour and romance, gadgets and cocktails, espionage and villainy wasn't entirely drawn from imagination: Fleming's background and his experiences as an intelligence officer during the Second World War were all formative parts in the creation of the world's most famous spy.


Packed with astonishing detail and written in Macintyre's inimitable style, For Your Eyes Only is the most enlightening, enlivening book on the creator of the spy who not only lived twice, but proved to be immortal.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Adult/High School- This thoroughly researched, intelligently written, and beautifully presented book explores in detail the connections between a super-successful writer and his marvelously engaging creation. Fictional characters, even one as exotic, sexy, and talented as Bond, seldom emerge from the pure, unaltered imagination of the author. Bond has deep roots in Fleming's life, in the places where the author lived and visited, the people he knew and worked with, and in the family, social, and love life he experienced. Macintyre also investigates the real-life roots of other major characters, such as Miss Moneypenney, M, and supervillain Ernst Stavro Biofeld. He examines the plot origins of several of the stories, as well as the real-world gadgets and gizmos that show up so famously in the books and movies. Where does the "Bond girl" come from? And what should we make of Bond's life of luxury? These and other questions are answered here, revealing Macintyre's convincing reverence for and fascination with the intertwining worlds of these figures. The volume is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs.-Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA

From the Publisher
“[A] marvelous tribute…He examines, among other things, the probable genesis of Bond's name (an ornithologist) and his spycraft (a number of exotic and intrepid agents, entertainingly described). He looks at the sources for Bond's taste in women (Fleming) and attitude toward them (Fleming) and at the effect of the Bond-of-the-movies on the Bond-of-the-books (significant).” —Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408830642
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 41,698
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He now lives in London with his wife and three children. Agent Zigzag, the true story of a WWII double-agent, was a recent Sunday Times bestseller.
Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of nine books including Agent Zigzag, shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008, the number 1 bestseller Operation Mincemeat and, most recently, the Richard & Judy Book Club selection, Double Cross. He lives in London with his wife and three children.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note 10

001 The Scent and Smoke and Sweat of a Casino 12

002 The Life: Smelling Battle from Afar 22

003 Who Was James Bond? 60

004 The Plots: From Hot War to Cold War 94

005 Gadgets, Guns, Gizmos and Gear-Sticks 116

006 Bond Girls 142

007 Shaken, Stirred and Custom-Made: Bond's Life of Luxury 162

008 The Short Life of Ian Fleming; The Eternal Life of James Bond 190

The Bond Books 216

Selected Further Reading 217

Credits 218

Index 219

Acknowledgements 224

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Yes.

    Awesomeness...just pure awesomeness...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Dldtojtuvc

    JAMES BOND IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Awesome

    Bond is back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    :7

    :D 007 will return -from skyfall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Sucks :-(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Is it the real thing

    It defintly not by Flemings herw.

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