Ian Fleming, James Bond’s creator, was born 110 years ago

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The man responsible for one of the greatest franchises in modern history was born on May 28th, 1908. This man is, of course, Ian Fleming, the creator of the most famous secret agent, the agent with a license to kill, the agent who takes his drink shaken not stirred, the one who is famous for his laid back attitude, and for his indisputable charm.

The agent in question is, you guessed well, James Bond. Or, should I say: “Bond. James Bond“.

Fast forward a few decades – “From Russia with Love” becomes, surprisingly enough, the American President John F. Kennedy’s favourite novel. Fleming intended to wrap up the Bond series with this novel, yet it proved to be a launching point for something much bigger. The 1963 film was second in the series, and one of the most successful and most praised ones.

The film was directed by Terence Young, and in the role of James Bond we can see, for many people first, best, and only Bond – Sean Connery.

When Fleming was asked about his hero’s name, he said: ““When I wrote the first one, in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened…. One of the bibles of my youth was ‘Birds of the West Indies,’ by James Bond, a well-known ornithologist, and when I was casting about for a name for my protagonist I thought, My God, that’s the dullest name I’ve ever heard, so I appropriated it.”  The dullest name, and the most exciting character.

“Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make bored,” as Fleming would say.

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