Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World of Intelligence: Fact and Fiction

Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World of Intelligence: Fact and Fiction

by Nigel West
     
 

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Twelve novels and nine short stories define one of the most extraordinary fictional characters of all time, creating the basis for the most successful movie series in cinematographic history, watched by more than half the world's population. The single person probably more responsible than any other for glamorizing the murky world of espionage is Ian Fleming, the

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Twelve novels and nine short stories define one of the most extraordinary fictional characters of all time, creating the basis for the most successful movie series in cinematographic history, watched by more than half the world's population. The single person probably more responsible than any other for glamorizing the murky world of espionage is Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, who himself lived a remarkable double life of spy and writer. Everyone has an opinion on why 007 became so successful, but one possible explanation is the ingenious formula of fact, fiction, and sheer fantasy. Certainly the author drew on friends and places he knew well to provide the backdrop for his drama, but what proportion of his output is authentic, and what comes directly from the author's imagination? These questions and more are examined in the Historical Dictionary of Ian FlemingOs World of Intelligence: Fact and Fiction. This is done through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actual cases of espionage, real-life spies, MI5, SIS, CIA, KGB, and others. It also contains entries on Ian Fleming's novels and short stories, family and friends, his employers and colleagues, and other notable characters.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
A fascinating read. This work is an excellent resource.
American Reference Books Annual
A fascinating read. This work is an excellent resource.
Library Journal
Ian Fleming's life was nearly as eventful as the one he created for James Bond in 12 novels and nine short stories. West here makes the point that Fleming used people, organizations, and events in his life as fodder for his tales of the fictional British secret agent. Most of the entries are on people and organizations, both real and imagined, major players and the barely mentioned, from Fleming's real life and Bond's fictional one. Entries range in length from three sentences to 16 pages and include cross-references. The longest one is on Mark Chalmers, hero of The Lifeline, a 1946 spy novel written by Fleming's teacher Phyllis Bottome (Bond and Chalmers bear striking resemblances). A chronology, general index, and bibliography are included. West, real name Rupert Allason, is a real character in his own right—a former Tory member of Parliament, a frequent litigant, and an espionage historian who has compiled several other historical dictionaries on the subject for Scarecrow. BOTTOM LINE There is intriguing material here, but the title will appeal primarily to specialized library collections. Buy where demand warrants.—Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810863217
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
308
File size:
746 KB

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Meet the Author

Nigel West is currently the European Editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2005), Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2006), Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence (Scarecrow Press, 2007), and Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage (Scarecrow Press, 2009). In October 2003 he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.

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