♥ Book Title : Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book tells the story of the various Allied operations and schemes instigated to keep Spain and Portugal out of WWII, which included the widespread bribery of high ranking Spanish officials and the duplicity of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Abwehr. Ian Fleming and Alan Hillgarth were the architects of Operation Golden Eye, the sabotage and disruption scheme that would be put in place had Germany invaded Spain. Fleming visited the Iberian Peninsula and Tangiers several times during the war, arguably his greatest achievement in WWII and the closest he came to being a real secret agent. It was these visits which supplied much of the background material for his fiction - Fleming even called his home on Jamaica where he created 007 'Goldeneye.' The book begins with Hitler's dilemma about which way to move and his meeting with Francisco Franco at Hendaye in October 1940, a major turning point in the war when an alliance between Germany and Spain seemed possible. Simmons explores the British reaction to this, with Operation Tracer being created by Admiral Godfrey, head of Naval Intelligence. This was a plan to leave a listening and observation post buried in the Rock of Gibraltar should it have fallen to the Germans. A chapter is also devoted to Portugal - the SIS and SOE operations there and the vital Wolfram wars. Operation Golden Eye was eventually put on standby in 1943 as the risk of the Nazis occupying Spain was much reduced. Simmons consulted Foreign Office, SOE, CIA and OKW files when writing this book."Article| Mark Simmons| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Thrilling Cities
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘On November 2nd armed with a sheaf of visas...one suitcase...and my typewriter, I left humdrum London for the thrilling cities of the world...’ In 1959, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was commissioned by the Sunday Times to explore fourteen of the world’s most exotic cities. Fleming saw it all with a thriller writer’s eye. From Hong Kong to Honolulu, New York to Naples, he left the bright main streets for the back alleys, abandoning tourist sites in favour of underground haunts, and mingling with celebrities, gangsters and geishas. The result is a series of vivid snapshots of a mysterious, vanished world."Article| Ian Fleming| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Casino Royale
☯ Full Synopsis : "This, the first of Ian Flemings tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called Le Chiffreby ruining him at the baccarat table."Article| Ian Fleming| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ian Fleming
☯ Full Synopsis : "We all know who James Bond is, but how many of us know much about his creator, Ian Fleming, a master of espionage and thrillers? In this full-length biography, author Andrew Lycett tells the story of Ian Fleming's life proving that it was just as dramatic as that of his fictional creation. Educated at Eaton and Sandhurst, he joined Naval Intelligence in 1939 participating in both Operation Mincemeat and Operation Golden Eye. After the war, he became a journalist and, in 1953, wrote Casino Royale thereby introducing the world to an English spy named James Bond. Set in London, Switzerland and Fleming's Jamaican estate Goldeneye, his life was peopled with luminaries like Noel Coward, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bond film producer "Cubby" Broccoli and others. With direct access to Fleming's family and friends, Lycett goes behind the complicated façade of this enigmatic and remarkable man. Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett is biography at its best—a glittering portrait of the brilliant and enigmatic man who created Agent 007."Article| Andrew Lycett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ian Fleming's Commandos
☯ Full Synopsis : "Rankin tells the story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Ian Fleming during World War II, named "30 Assault Unit", a group who was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations, and which inspired his creation of the James Bond character."Article| Nicholas Rankin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Diamond Smugglers
☯ Full Synopsis : "HAILED BY THE PRESS AS: “THE GREATEST SPY STORY SINCE WORLD WAR II” The chilling, spy-studded story of a carefully organized, private intelligence army—and the master operative who ingeniously commanded it. IAN FLEMING AT THIS INTRIGUING BEST The glitter of espionage, the lure of easy money, the fever of men and women trapped by the temptations of “hot ice”..all interwoven in a nerve-tightening web of intrigue and violence. A web that winds from the depths of an African diamond mine, right op to Moscow—and the Top! “A BREATHTAKING STORY”—The Evansville Press “ADVENTURE WITH A WALLOP”—Omaha World-Herald “TANTALIZING”—The New York Times “MAKES FOR FINE READING...SECOND TO NONE”—San Francisco Call Bulletin “INTRIGUING, FASCINATING”—Philadelphia Inquirer"Article| Ian Fleming| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Thunderball
☯ Full Synopsis : "British Secret Service agent James Bond, a.k.a. 007, is called into action when a new threat, the terrorist group SPECTRE, hijacks a pair of nuclear bombs and tries to use them to hold the world ransom. Bond has to team up with an old friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter, to stop them. James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in 20th-century literature. In addition to the 12 novels and 9 short stories written by Ian Fleming, there have been over 40 novels and short stories written about the spy by other authors, and 26 films produced, starring actors such as Sean Connery and Daniel Craig as 007. Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in ebook form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved."Article| Ian Fleming| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation POSTMASTER
☯ Full Synopsis : "The true story of the force of “licensed to kill” secret agents who became the basis for the James Bond spy series. Brigadier Colin Gubbins was M. The Special Operations Executive was his Secret Service. Professor Dudley Newitt was Q. Capt. Gus March-Phillips commanded “Maid of Honor Force,” the team of “James Bonds” who, in a daring operation, sailed a ship to West Africa and stole three enemy ships from a neutral Spanish port on the volcanic island of Fernando Po. Ian Fleming worked closely with M to oil the wheels that made the operation possible, and prepared the cover story, in which the British government lied in order to conceal British responsibility for the raid. M’s agents prepared the ground on Fernando Po, even enmeshing the governor in a honey trap. March-Phillips and his team carried out the raid successfully in January 1942, despite much opposition from the local regular Army and Navy commanders, and in the face of overwhelming odds. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told Fleming’s lies on the international stage, denying any British complicity in the operation. As a result, a secrecy embargo enveloped Operation POSTMASTER until recently. This gripping book proves beyond doubt that this thrilling operation, and the men who carried it out, were the inspiration for Fleming’s fictional 007."Article| Brian Gordon Lett| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Ian Fleming
☯ Full Synopsis : "A fascinating and unprecedented insight into the mind and life of the creator of James Bond."Article| Robert Harling| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Moonraker
☯ Full Synopsis : "Flamboyant red cropped hair, florid skin, eyes blazing with hate— THIS IS THE FACE OF HUGO DRAX, THE MYSTERY MAN BEHIND MOONRAKER. A stranger, he came out of nowhere to build England the deadliest weapon ever devised by a human brain. A maniacal genius, he now holds the life of secret agent JAMES BOND in his fiendishly clever hands!! JAMES BOND has less than four days to discover the secret motive that is driving the mysterious HUGO DRAX to build MOONRAKER, the new super rocket that can blow the world sky high!! Is he a national hero out to save the universe? Or a diabolical fiend bent on destruction? The answer must be found before the zero hour—an hour that is rapidly drawing closer and closer—when Moonraker will be finished and ready for use!"Article| Ian Fleming| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Man with the Golden Typewriter
☯ Full Synopsis : "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, No�l Coward and Somerset Maugham. Before the world-famous films came the world-famous novels. This books tells the story of the man who wrote them and how he created spy fiction's most compelling hero."Article| Ian Fleming| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Life of Ian Fleming
☯ Full Synopsis : "It is now over fifty years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in the history of cinema. But James Bond was invented by one man, Ian Fleming, a wartime intelligence officer and Sunday Times newspaper man who lived to see only the very beginning of the Bond cult. Pearson, who worked with Fleming at the Sunday Times, based this biography on his own memories of Fleming, on Fleming's private papers, and on a series of interviews with an extraordinary collection of Fleming's contemporaries – family, friends, enemies, teachers, colleagues, mistresses, and former spies from around the world. First published in 1966, John Pearson's famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography. Charming, debonair and a ruthless womaniser, globetrotting from wartime Algiers to beachside Jamaica, Fleming was as elusive and opaque as his imaginary creation. In his new introduction to this edition, Pearson examines the extent to which Fleming's character informs the movie portrayals of Bond, from Sean Connery through to Daniel Craig, and how Bond himself has achieved immortality beyond Fleming's wildest dreams."Article| John Pearson| Statement ..."