Friday, October 6, 2023


This week sees the release in the UK of the new biography, Ian Fleming: The Complete Man by Nicholas Shakespeare.

A fresh portrait of the man behind James Bond, and his enduring impact, by an award-winning biographer with unprecedented access to the Fleming family papers.

Ian Fleming's greatest creation, James Bond, has had an enormous and ongoing impact on our culture. What Bond represents about ideas of masculinity, the British national psyche and global politics has shifted over time, as has the interpretation of the life of his author. But Fleming himself was more mysterious and subtle than anything he wrote.

Ian's childhood with his gifted brother Peter and his extraordinary mother set the pattern for his ambition to be 'the complete man', and he would strive for the means to achieve this 'completeness' all his life. Only a thriller writer for his last twelve years, his dramatic personal life and impressive career in Naval Intelligence put him at the heart of critical moments in world history, while also providing rich inspiration for his fiction.

Nicholas Shakespeare is one of the most gifted biographers working today. His talent for uncovering new material that casts fresh light on his subjects is fully evident in this masterful, definitive biography.

You can purchase Ian Fleming: The Complete Man now at The U.S. release is set for March 12, 2024.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Sharing passions with RAYMOND BENSON

Today sees the re-release of Raymond Benson's debut James Bond novel Zero Minus Ten. Check out this excellent podcast interview with the author at Licence To Queer.

Purchase these new editions on Amazon:
Zero Minus Ten - |
Colonel Sun - |
James Bond The Authorised Biography - |

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