The collection is estimated to fetch upwards of 47,500 pounds, and also includes some illustrations with steamy captions by Fleming and a photograph. And here is where the mystery begins! The photo below of young Fleming is inscribed "The father of James Bond 007, a friend in 1934 in Austrian." But who did Fleming send this to? His lover, Edith Morpurgo sadly died in 1942 with her husband and daughter during the Holocaust- ten years before Fleming wrote his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. I don't doubt the authenticity of the letters, but perhaps the press release has omitted this detail by mistake. Was the inscription written by Fleming to a member of her family? Did one of her relatives add the text later? I shall inquire! In the meantime, I do wish that all of Fleming's correspondences would be published as a collection. The existing volumes of letters by Noel Coward and Fleming's wife Ann Charteris are quite fascinating and useful to Fleming scholars. Want to learn more about young Ian Fleming? Check out my posts covering his favorite music- and his days playing Hawaiian guitar! Ian Fleming Music Series links: Noel Coward, Whispering Jack Smith, Hawaiian Guitar, Joe Fingers Carr.
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