Ian Fleming

Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908 - 1964)

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Ian Lancaster Fleming
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Biography

Ian Lancaster Fleming, son of Valentine Fleming and Evelyn Rose, was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, best known for his James Bond series of spy novels.

Birth and College

Ian was born in London, England on 28 May 1908 at his parent's home on 27 Green Street in the Mayfair district. He was christened on 9 July 1908 at St. Katherine by the Tower in Middlesex, England. His parents, Valentine and Evelyn, were wealthy and powerful members of society. Valentine was a member of Parliament until his death (20 May 1917) in World War I, just before Ian's 9th birthday. Ian had 2 siblings, both brothers, one older (Peter) and one younger (Richard).

Ian was a typical teenager, and by the start of his college years he was more interested in cars and women. Between 1921 and 1931, he went from Eton College to the Royal Military College to a private school in Austria to Munich University and finally to the University of Geneva. He became engaged to Monique Panchaud de Bottomes in 1931, but his mother disapproved and forced him to break it off.

Career and the War

By October 1931, he began work as a sub-editor for the Foreign Office, but by 1933, his family has had enough and convinced him to switch to banking. He worked for Cull & Co. as a banker, then in 1935 he joined Rowe and Pitman as a stockbroker, but was not successful in either venture. By 1939, he was recruited by Naval Intelligence, and commissioned in the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant. About this same time, his romance with Ann Charteris also began. Ann was a married woman, and so this affair would create issues.

Initially, there were those within Naval Intelligence that felt Ian had no qualifications for his position. However, as WWII began, his insight into enemy tactics and his suggestions on how to respond proved invaluable. While not all his suggestions proved useful, he had found his calling in his imaginative approach to problems. From 1939 through 1945, Ian participated in a number of war efforts with Naval Intelligence, but by May 1945 was demobilized.

Post-War Years and Bond

Ian went on to find work as the Foreign Manager in the Kemsley newspaper group, who owned The Sunday Times. Ann's husband had died in the war, however, Ian decided not to marry her - at which point she married her second husband, Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere. Even so, Ian and Ann continued their affair. Ian worked full time at the paper through 1959 and then continued part time through 1961.

During his newspaper years, he began work on his first novel, Casino Royale. He claimed that he started the book to distract himself, as the Viscount had divorced Ann in 1951, and Ian had agreed to marriage. Ann had given birth to a stillborn child of theirs in 1948, and by 1952 was pregnant with their second child, Caspar. They were married on 24 March 1952 and Caspar was born in August 1952. On 13 April 1953, Casino Royale was released in the UK in hardcover and was an immediate success. He turned out a total of twelve Bond novels and two short-story collections were published between 1953 and 1966 (a few of these posthumously).

Death

Ian was a heavy smoker and drinker, and these eventually led to his heart disease. He suffered a severe heart attack in 1961, and never fully recuperated. On 11 August 1964, he had another massive heart attack, and passed away soon after on 12 August 1964. He was buried in the St Andrew Churchyard in Sevenhampton, Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucestershire, England.

Sources

  • "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N1V9-XRH : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian Lancaster Fleming, 09 Jul 1908; citing St. Katherine by the Tower, Middlesex, England, reference yr 1813-1946 p 96; FHL microfilm 374,461.
  • "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FVW-KMY : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1908; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, St. George Hanover Square, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24KY-RYG : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1937; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H9Q-RJG : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian L Fleming, 1943; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H9Q-RKH : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1943; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H97-RQH : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian L Fleming, 1943; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H97-TSL : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian L Fleming, 1943; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HQF-78F : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1945; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24GT-HQ9 : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian L Fleming, 1946; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24GT-H7C : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1946; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24PQ-C9L : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian L Fleming, 1946; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVPZ-D41P : accessed 19 October 2015), Ian L Fleming, 1948; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Census. 1911. England and Wales. Cheekendon, Oxfordshire. RG14. PN: 8062. RG78. PN: 407. RD. 150. SD. 2. ED. 10. SN. 55. familysearch : accessed 9 May 2018.
    • Residence: Wyfold Court


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