Bond, James

Ian Fleming created the famous fictitious British spy in the early fifties of the previous century. Commander James Bond has the designation 007 and is a member of the elite Double 0 section On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This gives him a “licence to kill. Bond had a Scottish father, Andrew Bond, and his mother, Monique Delacroix came from a Swiss family. Bond was educated in Europe and when he was eleven both parents died tragically in a climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges. Miss Charmain Bond, his aunt living near Canterbury, took him in and enrolled him at Eton. Unfortunately he was expelled after having some misfortune with one of the maids. He then attended a military school.

When he left school just before World War II, he joined a covert section of the later Ministry of Defence. A few of his earlier duties included smuggling, in Europe or the USSR. He even had to spend two months in a Casino in Monte Carlo, where he observed a team of agents from Romania. By the end of the war he had the rank of Commander. At this time, “M” (Head of MI6) became part of the Ministry.

Besides “M” (Admiral Sir Miles Messervey), Bond often deals with M’s secretary, Miss Moneypenny who is quite keen to get to know Bond better, and also with Major Boothroyd, better known as “Q”, who is the supervisor of the section responsible for special equipment, and is accountable for the gadgetry in his workshop with which he equips the Double-O’s.

His best friend is the American CIA-agent Felix Leiter and his worst enemy is the head of SPECTRE, the man with the white cat on his lap – Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Bond enjoys the finer things in life. He is a womaniser, enjoys the best foods, luxury hotels, drinks, cigarettes, and fast cars. He is an expert with firearms, is always well dressed and is fluent in French and German – he is the most professional operator in Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The famous author, Ian Fleming, on 13th April 1953 in the book CASINO ROYALE, described Bond’s first major action. Other accounts were described in 12 more books, including “Doctor No”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “From Russia with Love”, “Goldfinger”, “Live and Let Die”, “The Man with the Golden Gun”, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, “Thunderball”, and “You Only Live Twice”. These books have sold by the millions, and a number of them have been turned into motion pictures. Several famous movie stars acted in the films including big names such as Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.

The Bond-movies are:

1. Dr. No (1962)

2. From Russia with love (1963)

3. Goldfinger (1964)

4. Thunderball (1965)

5. You only live twice (1967)

6. On her majesty’s secret service (1969)

7. Diamonds are forever (1971)

8. Live and let die (1973)

9. The man with the golden gun (1974)

10. The spy who loved me (1977)

11. Moonraker (1979)

12. For your eyes only (1981)

13. Octopussy (1983)

14. A view to a kill (1985)

15. The living daylights (1987)

16. Licence to kill (1989)

17. Golden Eye (1995)

I 8. Tomontw never dies (1997)

19. The world is not enough (1999)

20. Die another day (2002)

21. Casino Royale (2006)

22. Quantum of solace (2008), the most recent that will be released in November – once again with Daniel Craig.

About Ian Fleming

Ian Lancaster Fleming is well known for his spy fiction books in the late 20th century. He was born in London on 28 May 1908, and was educated in England, Germany, and Switzerland. After he left school he worked in Moscow as a journalist (1929 – 1933), and as a banker and stockbroker from (1935 – 1939). He served as an officer in British naval intelligence during World War II, and returned to journalism after the war, where he was the foreign manager of the Sunday Times of London. Fleming died in Canterbury on 12 August 1964, when he was at the height of his success.

Fleming’s Bond-books:

1953: Casino Royale

1954: Live and let die

1955: Moonraker

1956: Diamonds are forever

1957: From Russia with love

1958: Doctor No

1959: GoIdfinger

1960: For your eyes only

1961: Thunderball

1962: The spy who loved me

1963: On her majesty’s service

1964: You onty live twice

1965. The man with the golden gun

1966: Octopussy and The living daylights

The last two books were published after his death.