Ian Fleming (1908-1964)

Death: 12th August 1964
Location: Saint Andrew's Churchyard, Sevenhampton, Wiltshire, England
Cause of death: Heart Attack
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English author and journalist who is best remembered as the creator of James Bond. Fleming was born in Mayfair, London, and his education focused on preparing him for a career in the Foreign Office. Unfortunately his attempt at joining the Foreign Office was unsuccessful so Fleming began a journalistic career with the Reuters news agency.
At the outbreak of the Second World War Fleming was recruited as the personal assistant to Rear Admiral John Godfrey who was the director of Naval Intelligence. Fleming, who was promoted to the rank of Commander, formed an Auxiliary Unit in 1942 that were responsible for collecting intelligence and were trained in the skills of unarmed combat, safe-cracking and lock-picking. Fleming’s background in intelligence work formed the basis for the James Bond novels, of which he wrote twelve plus nine short stories. Fleming was also the writer of the children’s novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which was filmed in 1968 with a script written by Roald Dahl.
Fleming’s James Bond novels became so successful, even before being filmed, that Fleming was able to retire to his Jamaican home which he named Goldeneye. In 1961 Fleming sold the film rights to all James Bond novels, even those that had yet to be written. Fleming died of a heart attack aged 56, a result of his lifestyle of heavy smoking and drinking.