Ian Fleming is the highly popular author from the twentieth century who developed the character of James Bond.
Order of James Bond Series
|1||Casino Royale||1953||Description / Buy|
|2||Live and Let Die||1954||Description / Buy|
|3||Moonraker||1955||Description / Buy|
|4||Diamonds Are Forever||1956||Description / Buy|
|5||From Russia with Love||1957||Description / Buy|
|6||Doctor No||1958||Description / Buy|
|7||Goldfinger||1959||Description / Buy|
|8||For Your Eyes Only||1960||Description / Buy|
|9||Thunderball||1961||Description / Buy|
|10||The Spy Who Loved Me||1962||Description / Buy|
|11||The Living Daylights||1962||Description / Buy|
|12||On Her Majesty's Secret Service||1963||Description / Buy|
|13||You Only Live Twice||1964||Description / Buy|
|14||The Man with the Golden Gun||1965||Description / Buy|
|15||Octopussy and The Living Daylights||1966||Description / Buy|
Order of James Bond Collections
|1||Quantum of Solace||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Series
|1||Chitty Chitty Bang Bang||1964||Description / Buy|
|2||Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Ian Fleming Standalone Novels
|1||The Diamond Smugglers||1957||Description / Buy|
Order of Ian Fleming Non-Fiction Books
|1||Thrilling Cities||1963||Description / Buy|
|2||Ian Fleming: The Playboy Interview||2012||Description / Buy|
Ian Fleming Anthologies
Born in 1908 in England, Ian was one of four sons of an influential family who lost his father to the war when he was nine. A student of Eton College and the Sandhurst military academy, there was a time when it looked like Ian would make a name for himself as a member of the Reuters News Agency.
But that was before the Second World War began. Ian was drawn into the conflict, a boon for his future career because he quickly found a place in British Naval Intelligence where he gained great insight into the workings of espionage.
Ian Fleming’s career in the war was quite illustrious, seeing him work under the likes of Admiral John Godfrey and traveling to countries like the United States where he coordinated intelligence operations.
It is difficult to determine the true nature of Ian Fleming’s efforts in the war, especially with regards to the work he did for the British Government’s Intelligence wing, not when the British government swore him to secrecy.
None the less, it has been speculated that Ian probably wasn’t so different from James Bond and might have drawn ideas for his stories from actual missions and occurrences from World War II.
Naturally, despite his efforts during World War II, it is for his novels that Ian Fleming is known, particularly the James Bond books. It all began with Casino Royale, the first book in the James Bond series which was published in 1953.
Like most unpublished authors, Ian’s first few James Bond books went largely unnoticed. However, with the war finally over and audiences looking for the next great adventure, it wasn’t long before the author’s stories about a skilled spy with a license to kill caught fire.
Everything about James Bond, the fast cars and the women and the incredulous villains, all of it tickled the fancy of readers and it wasn’t long before James Bond books were flying off the shelf.
Ian Fleming’s death came in 1964 and it wasn’t so surprising. His health complications began in 1962 with his first heart attack.
Ian’s books were representative of the time. The first few Bond novels were cold war stories. As relations between the East and West thawed, the direction of Ian’s storytelling changed.
Ian’s stories tackled themes like the effects of war, comradeship, Britain’s position in the world and even Good VS Evil.
Ian Fleming Awards
In life, Ian Fleming was never recognized for any awards, but in death he has not only been recognized but actually had awards named after him. The Times recognized him as one of the 50 Greatest Writers since 1945, ranking him at #14. The Crime Writers’ Association also has the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award which goes to the best thriller, adventure or spy novel originally published in the UK.
In another honor, he has an airport named after him in Jamaica with the Ian Fleming International Airport in Oracabessa.
Ian Fleming Books into Movies/TV
Ian Fleming’s novels have since become a common aspect of popular culture and this is primarily because of the considerable renown the movie adaptations of the James Bond books have attained.
It all began with Dr. No in 1962, the first of the James bond movies. Since then, nearly all of the dozen James Bond books Ian Fleming wrote before his death have received movie adaptations.
And that isn’t even taking into account the Big Screen Adaptations of those James Bond novels that were written after Ian Fleming’s death.
Best Ian Fleming Books
Ian Fleming has built a legacy that will last for decades to come, cementing his place in the publishing arena, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: It all began with a beautiful girl in a fast car. Bond did not think much of his decision to rescue her, until he realized the chance it granted him to find Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the most dangerous man in the world.
The head of SPECTRE is all but determined to bring the world to its knees from his Alpine base unless Bond can put a stop to him.
This book finally brings James Bond into more direct contention with Blofeld, an arch-nemesis of sorts. Because of the era during which the book was written, some of its attitudes are likely to offend.
From Russia with Love: The lethal Russian Organization SMERSH isn’t the only one out to get James Bond. But they might have the perfect bait for him. Tatiana Romanova successfully gets Bond to Istanbul. Bond thinks he’s about to get his hands on a powerful cipher machine. Instead, he encounters a dangerous game of double cross.
Tatiana Romanova takes center stage in this book as she is manipulated into seducing James Bond, believing that he will come to no harm at the end of it all.
Live and Let Die: The film adaptation of this book led to the iconic Paul McCartney & Wings song of the same name, but it’s also one of his better books.
The book sends Bond from London to the United States to Jamaica. The plot involves Bond’s search for Mr. Big who is linked to SMERSH (the Russian Secret Service), the American crime world and Jamaican voodoo. The novel deals with some big real world themes including the East-West struggle of the Cold War, the seemingly never ending trouble with race relations in the world and the British-American relationship. The struggle between good and evil is at play here.
This book has some serial elements as there are plot points in this one that directly tie in with For Your Eyes Only and License to Kill.
When Does The Next Ian Fleming book come out?
Ian Fleming doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon and was released on September, 26th 2013. It is the newest book in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Series.