October 20, 2015


Thank you to the many Spy Vibers from around the world who entered our contest to win a signed copy of The Man With the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters by Fergus Fleming. One of the highlights of the summer was spending time with Fergus and hearing about this new anthology of his uncle's James Bond-related letters. The Man With the Golden Typewriter contains numerous unpublished letters by Ian Fleming, which have been sourced from the Fleming Archive, the Cape Archive and private collections from around the world. I've been waiting eagerly for his book for many years and am so excited to see Fergus has completed the task. Spy Vibe had three signed copies to give away curtesy of Bloomsbury and I'm now pleased to announce the winners selected in a random drawing. I wish a had a hundred copies to send to everyone! The lucky Spy Vibers to win The Man With the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters signed by Fergus Fleming are: David Foster from Australia, Mike Huie from North Carolina, and Brian McKaig from Northern Ireland. Congratulations! The contest asked for a favorite Fleming quote, so I have listed some of them below. I urge everyone to order this book and enjoy unparalleled access to the world of Ian Fleming. Available in hardcover and kindle editions from AmazonUK and Amazon. Stay tuned! Up next on SPY VIBE: UK author Mike Richardson discusses his new book about the making of the 1960s Casino Royale film! Selection of related Spy Vibe posts: Fleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanIan Fleming: Wicked GrinIan Fleming Memorial, Rare Fleming ShortThai Bond DesignBond vs Modernism, The Goldfinger VariationsDouble 007 Book DesignsDouble 007 designs IIrare Ian Fleming editionBook Design DopplegangersTurkish Bond designErno Goldfinger, Ian Fleming CatalogJon Gilbert interview, Double 007 Designs, David Tennant Reads ChittySpy Vibe's Ian Fleming archive on Pinterst.

Ian Fleming quotes from a selection of Spy Vibe contest entries (for eagle eyes, quotes are still unedited and unchecked): I have included my literary favorite, the opening to From a View To a Kill, at the top. Enjoy!

"The eyes behind the wide black rubber goggles were cold as flint. In the howling speed-turmoil of a BSA M20 doing seventy, they were the only quiet things in the hurtling flesh and metal. Protected by the glass of the goggles, they stared fixedly ahead from just above the centre of the handlebars, and their dark unwavering focus was that of gun muzzles." 

"The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning."

“You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.”

“Never say 'No' to adventure.  Always say 'Yes', otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.”

"She had a gay, to-hell-with-you face that, Bond thought, would become animal in passion.  In bed she would fight and bite and then suddenly melt into hot surrender.  He could almost see the proud, sensual mouth bare away from the even white teeth in a snarl of desire and then, afterwards, soften into a half-pout of loving slavery."

"Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action'."

"I will not spend my days in trying to prolong them.  I will use my time."

"You are linked to the ground mechanic's careless fingers in Nassau just as you are linked to the weak head of the little man in the family saloon who mistakes the red light for the green and meets you head-on, for the first and last time, as you are motoring quietly home from some private sin."

"I write for warm-blooded heterosexuals in railway trains, aeroplanes, and beds."

"It is better to travel hopefully... than to arrive."

“But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father. But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease. Perhaps they will put on my tombstone. 'This Man Died from Living Too Much'.”

"They had got off before nine and it was still cool as they crossed the mountains that run along Jamaica's back like the central ridges of a crocodile's armour. The road wound down towards the northern plains through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the tropical vegetation changing with the altitude. The green flanks of the uplands, all feathered with bamboo interspersed with the dark, glinting green of the breadfruit and the sudden Bengal fire of Flame of the Forest, gave way to the lower forests of ebony, mahogany, mahoe and logwood. And when they reached the plains of Agualta Vale the green sea of sugar-cane and bananas stretched away to where the distant fringe of glittering shrapnel bursts marked the palm groves along the north coast."

"History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts."

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your contest. I'm delighted (and surprised) to have won a signed copy of this marvellous sounding book of Ian Fleming's letters!


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