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For Your Eyes Only

Ian Fleming and James Bond

Ben Macintyre


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A riveting look into the world of James Bond and his creator, published on the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth.
In "For Your Eyes Only," Ben Macintyre reveals where the world of Ian Fleming ends and the world of James Bond begins. Macintyre looks at the actual people on whom the writer based his fictional creations friends, colleagues, lovers, and, of course, the notorious villains. Exploring the tradition of spy fiction past and present, with specific attention to the Cold War, Macintyre explains how Bond was based on the realities and fantasies of Fleming's life as a wartime spymaster and peacetime bon vivant.
Stylishly illustrated, "For Your Eyes Only" features a collector's dream of gadgets, costumes, props, and storyboards from the films Daniel Craig's bloodstained shirt from Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DB5, complete with weaponry as well as memorabilia from Fleming's personal archive: his smoking jacket, the manuscript for "Casino Royale," his golden typewriter, his guns, and much more.

Praise For For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond

“[A] marvelous tribute…He examines, among other things, the probable genesis of Bond's name (an ornithologist) and his spycraft (a number of exotic and intrepid agents, entertainingly described). He looks at the sources for Bond's taste in women (Fleming) and attitude toward them (Fleming) and at the effect of the Bond-of-the-movies on the Bond-of-the-books (significant).” —Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe

Bloomsbury USA, 9781596915442, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2008

About the Author

Ben Macintyre is a columnist and associate editor at the London Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris, and Washington. He now lives in London with his wife and three children. Agent Zigzag, the true story of a WWI double agent, was a recent Sunday Times bestseller.