This site is only about the world of James Bond as it concerns the Ian Fleming novels. No films, no Bond books written by anyone else. To me, James Bond and Ian Fleming lived in a pretty terrific time, and I’d like to revisit and capture that time and the experiences and tastes of that postwar era.

To this site, the James Bond movies never existed. Neither did the non-Fleming book sequels. I’m only concerned with Ian Fleming’s James Bond.

I will treat The Man With The Golden Gun novel as a full Ian Fleming work, even though the author died before final work was completed on it. Fleming had finished his early drafts of the book, and according to various accounts, it was finished by others. I’ll treat the book as authentic Fleming, however as it was largely his work.

The same will be true about Thunderball, even though the story and plot was a collaboration between Fleming, Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham, (and others Ernie Cureo, etc) the novel itself, with its characterizations and descriptions is very much the work of Ian Fleming.

I’m still getting going here, so please be patient as I build up the content and shape of the site.


Bruce Allen

Note: This site is the work of an Ian Fleming/James Bond fan. It is not an official site and is not affiliated with Ian Fleming Publications in any way. 

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    1. Yes and no. It wasn’t any one person, but bits and pieces of several. Bond’s tastes are largely Fleming’s own. Personalities are many times based on his friends and acquaintances. Certain attributes of Bond were likely taken from individuals he worked with in Naval Intelligence during WWII.

  1. This is a fascinating website to discover! A few years ago I salvaged a number of Ian Fleming’s James Bond Signet paperbacks from a box of books someone was discarding. I knew about the books (and JFK’s fondness for them), but never actually read any of them. They were a bit yellowed even back then, and some now are borderline fragile, but still readable. I used a bit of booktape on a few covers when I just this week decided to read them.

    I put them in order by publication date, and found I have all through Octopussy #14, except I’m missing three before that, #s 10, 11, and 13. So, I started with the first Casino Royale last night. In the first 50 pages, I had jotted down an entire notebook page of terms and references to look up, most of them French, even though I actually had a course in Reading French in school. When I read, I have a long standing habit of never letting a new word or unkown reference slip by without looking it up, so this first book is giving me a work-out.

    I found your website when I was looking up “fine a l’eau.” Thanks for explaining BEM. I think it may commonly be used without periods the way Fleming uses it B.E.M., which may have made it even more illusive to identify. At first I thought it might be a motorcycle or scooter!

  2. GREAT SITE. Someone REALLY needed to do this, go back to the literary roots of a modern cultural phenomenon. I just signed up an hour ago. I was lead here by some research I was doing on “blower Bentleys”. When I checked out your “Cars” section Though I may not have dug deep enough into your site yet, as a classic car aficionado, I noticed the obviously-missing Aston-Martin “DB III” (actually the A-M 2/4, Mk 3) from the list. It’s a matter of automotive history that Fleming’s literary “DB-III” lead the makers of the “Goldfinger” movie to feature the then-current DB-5, turning it into the “most famous car in the world”. Your research on all things Fleming seems so good I’m sure you’ll cover that car as well.

  3. After watching the final Daniel Craig / Bond movie, I decided to get to know the real James Bond by reading Fleming’s novels. I’m now on Moonraker and after reading Chapter 13 about the lighthouse ships, I was totally lost and decided to look it up. Lucky I did as it brought me to your web site. I will bookmark this for future reference. Thank you for setting this up!

  4. Stumbled across this site as searching for whether water is a mixer for spirits, and remembered reading whisky and branch in Bond. Love the books and the film, although I appreciate they were very much a product of their time, for both good and bad.

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