One of the highlights of the summer was spending time with writer Fergus Fleming (Ian Fleming's nephew) and hearing about his upcoming anthology of his uncle's James Bond-related letters. The Man With the Golden Typewriter will contain numerous unpublished letters by Ian Fleming, which have been sourced from the Fleming Archive, the Cape Archive and private collections from around the world. With the publishing date coming early next month, Bloomsbury has sent a scan of the wonderful jacket design and a press release (below). Stay tuned for a chance to win copies of the book (I believe I will have signed copies) and for more details as available. Pre-order at AmazonUK and Amazon. Selection of related Spy Vibe posts: Fleming's Typewriter, Rare Fleming, Fleming's Music, Ian Fleming's Japan, Ian Fleming: Wicked Grin, Ian Fleming Memorial, Thai Bond Design, Bond vs Modernism, The Goldfinger Variations, Double 007 Book Designs, Double 007 designs II, rare Ian Fleming edition, Book Design Dopplegangers, Turkish Bond design, Erno Goldfinger, Ian Fleming Catalog, Jon Gilbert interview, Double 007 Designs, David Tennant Reads Chitty, Spy Vibe's Ian Fleming archive on Pinterst. Enjoy!
Press release: Before the world-famous films came the world-famous novels. This book tells the story of the man who wrote
them and how he created spy fiction's most compelling hero. On 16 August 1952, Ian Fleming wrote to his wife, Ann, ‘My love, This is only a tiny letter to try out my new
typewriter and to see if it will write golden words since it is made of gold’. He had bought the gold-plated typewriter
as a present to himself for finishing his first novel, Casino Royale. It marked in glamorous style the arrival of James
Bond, agent 007, and the start of a career that saw Fleming become one of the world’s most celebrated thriller
writers. And he did write golden words. Before his death in 1964 he produced fourteen bestselling Bond books, two
works of non-fiction and the famous children’s story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Fleming’s output was matched by an equally energetic flow of letters. He wrote constantly, to his wife, publisher,
editors, fans, friends and critics, charting 007’s progress with correspondence that ranged from badgering Jonathan
Cape about his quota of free copies – a coin was tossed; Fleming lost – to apologising for having mistaken a certain
brand of perfume and for equipping Bond with the wrong kind of gun. His letters also reflect his friendships with
contemporaries such as Raymond Chandler, Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham. Fergus Fleming is Ian Fleming’s nephew. He is also the author of several other non-fiction books including
Barrow’s Boys, Killing Dragons and Ninety Degrees North.
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