Creator of James Bond.
“I BARELY BUDGE WHEN I AM WRITING. OTHERWISE I JUST DON’T GET ON WITH IT.”
Autograph Letter Signed, “Yours Ever, Ian,” one page, quarto, undated. On imprinted stationery, Goldeneye, Oracabessa, Jamaica, to “Dear Allou”.
“A thousand thanks but I barely budge when I am writing. Otherwise I just don’t get on with it. But we’d love to see you both here. Have to pick up friends in Kingston, which mucks up this week, but will telephone you Sat or Sun. Hope all goes well! Forgive the tropic haste!”
Ian Fleming’s writing haven in Jamaica was named “Goldeneye” after his first mission as an intelligence agent, from Madrid to London via Lisbon during World War II. The code name of the mission was “Goldeneye.” Agent Fleming was to get the British set up in Gibraltar in the event that Spain joined the war on the side of Germany. The “Goldeneye” office would communicate with London, engage in light sabotage and try to limit German control of the seas (a project discussed with American Secret Service chief Col. William Donovan in February 1941). The highly exaggerated missions of James Bond were inspired by the more believable missions of Ian Fleming.
At Goldeneye (Jamaica), Ian Fleming’s writing routine consisted of a morning swim followed by breakfast in the garden. After that he went into the main living room, closed the jalousies, opened his big roll-top desk and pounded the keys of his twenty-year-old portable typewriter for three hours. At noon he emerged from the cool of his retreat to the heat of the day, had lunch, slept for an hour or so and then, around five o’clock, returned to his desk to look over what he had typed earlier in the day. When Fleming had made his corrections, he placed his manuscript in the bottom left-hand drawer of his desk. The work of the day was finished.
Matted in ivory and blue, with a waist-length portrait photograph of Ian Fleming holding a hand gun. Framed in antiqued gilt, framed dimensions are 19 1/2 inches wide by 16 1/2 inches high.
This item is associated with these categories in our inventory:
- Literature – English/Irish
- Motion Pictures