Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was born in London and educated at Eton and Sandhurst. During World War II, he served in British Naval Intelligence, playing a key role in shaping the prototype CIA. His wide-ranging, fast-paced life would provide the backdrop for his beloved spy novels featuring the perennially charming James Bond.
Branagh was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the founder of the Renaissance Theatre Company, which boasts Prince Charles as one of its patrons, and is an Academy Award–nominated actor and director. He has brought Shakespeare to the mainstream in such major films as Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, and Henry