A book of Ian Fleming’s letters, edited by his nephew Fergus Fleming, has recently been published. The Man with the Golden Typewriter contains numerous unpublished letters which have been sourced from the Fleming archive, the Jonathan Cape archive and private collections from around the world. The collection includes Fleming’s letters to his fans, his publisher and to friends such as Raymond Chadler, Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham.
On 16th 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.
This book of letters, traces the arc of Fleming’s literary career and details the inner working of James Bond. Set against the backdrop of his Jamaican retreat, Goldeneye, and a troubled marriage, Fleming’s letters are filled with wit, humour and occasionally self-doubt. They reveal an intimate portrait of a man, an era and a literary phenomenon.
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.
The Man with the Golden Typewriter
Edited by: Fergus Fleming
Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing
Available in South Africa from Exclusive Books.