For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond



❰EPUB❯ ✺ For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond Author Ben Macintyre – E17streets4all.co.uk Published to coincide with the Imperial War Museum exhibition of the same name, this book looks into the entwined worlds of James Bond and Ian Fleming, exploring how Bond s world was based on the rea Published to Eyes Only: ePUB ✓ coincide with theImperial War Museum exhibition of the same name, this book looks into the entwined worlds of James Bond and Ian Fleming, exploring how Bond s world was based on the realities and fantasies of Fleming s life as a wartime spy master and peacetime bon viveur.For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond

Ben Macintyre Eyes Only: ePUB ✓ is a writer at large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends, Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, and Rogue Heroes, among other books Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work.

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond
  • Ben Macintyre
  • English
  • 28 October 2019
  • 0747595275

10 thoughts on “For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond

  1. says:

    Before reviewing the book you must come to peace with the fact that it takes me a long time to get through a book these days There are just too many other things going on That being said, I kept coming back forSo that should tell you something about the book without me saying anything else There are many books written about Bond s creator This one, published on the centenary of his birth, is one of the few that seamlessly combines his biography, his writing, and the films In For You Before reviewing the book you must come to peace with the fact that it takes me a long time to get through a book these days There are just too many other things going on That being said, I kept coming back forSo that should tell you something about the book without me saying anything else There are many books written about Bond s creator This one, published on the centenary of his birth, is one of the few that seamlessly combines his biography, his writing, and the films In For Your Eyes Only , Ben Macintyre illustrates the many places where the true story of Ian Fleming ends and the fictional world of James Bond begins it s sometimes hard to distinguish the two Macintyre looks at the actual people on whom the writer based his fictional creations friends, colleagues, lovers, and even the 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 The book is wonderfully illustrated there are tons of gadgets, costumes, props, and storyboards from the films as well as memorabilia from Fleming s personal archive his smoking jacket, the manuscript for Casino Royale, his golden typewriter, his guns, and muchThe book is a fascinating look in to the life of a writer whose influence continues to reverberate in the world of books, films, and popular culture in general

  2. says:

    Another great book by Ben McIntyre Lots of suggestions about persons the Bond characters may be based on as well as a lot of background about Fleming s writing and the postwar situation in London that would make these adventures so appealing He explains that his book is not so much a biography as a story about the intersection of the lives of Ian Fleming and James Bond Liked it very much.

  3. says:

    Interesting I enjoyed reading it, although I am not sure if James Bond is dated for today s readers I found it historically interesting as I wasn t really aware of how much Fleming introduced in the early James Bond books that is now taken for granted in today s action thrillers, not that I am a regular action thriller reader I can also appreciate the impact that James Bond had on Britain in the late 1940s and 50s which was still struggling under wartime rationing and a lack of variety and qu Interesting I enjoyed reading it, although I am not sure if James Bond is dated for today s readers I found it historically interesting as I wasn t really aware of how much Fleming introduced in the early James Bond books that is now taken for granted in today s action thrillers, not that I am a regular action thriller reader I can also appreciate the impact that James Bond had on Britain in the late 1940s and 50s which was still struggling under wartime rationing and a lack of variety and quality in the food and drink that could be purchased, while 007 was living it up in the hot spots of the world while battling SMERSH, winning at the gaming tables and always accompanied by beautiful, available women

  4. says:

    FASCINATING I had no idea James Bond s creator also wrote Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang I ve never read the book or seen the movie Bond, on the other hand. I ve seen all the movies Many times But have never read one of the books I may have to dive in.This book is another stellar effort by Ben Macintyre whose books I absolutely love As always, this is well researched and written with humour as well as great authority.Ian Fleming was a very complex individual and this is certainly br FASCINATING I had no idea James Bond s creator also wrote Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang I ve never read the book or seen the movie Bond, on the other hand. I ve seen all the movies Many times But have never read one of the books I may have to dive in.This book is another stellar effort by Ben Macintyre whose books I absolutely love As always, this is well researched and written with humour as well as great authority.Ian Fleming was a very complex individual and this is certainly brought to light here He died much too young 56 but he was full on right to the end I will not waste my life trying to prolong it Good on ya, Ian Thanks for everything.And thanks to Mr Macintyre for bringing it all to light

  5. says:

    Ben Macintyre author of books including the Kim Philby bio A Spy Among Friends crafts a fine look at the life of Ian Fleming and the world of his creation James Bond Though neither a straight biography of one or a study of the other, For Your Eyes Only offers up a bit of both as it looks at the intersecting lines of fact and fiction between the writer and the character It s also lavishly illustrated with letters from Fleming s collection and props from various films up to the Daniel Craig Ca Ben Macintyre author of books including the Kim Philby bio A Spy Among Friends crafts a fine look at the life of Ian Fleming and the world of his creation James Bond Though neither a straight biography of one or a study of the other, For Your Eyes Only offers up a bit of both as it looks at the intersecting lines of fact and fiction between the writer and the character It s also lavishly illustrated with letters from Fleming s collection and props from various films up to the Daniel Craig Casino Royale A favorite example is the two page spread of Ken Adam s drawing of the volcano lair from the film You Only Live Twice Though overpriced at its original retail, at a reduced or even bargain it s well worth a read for fans of 007

  6. says:

    One of my retirement goals is to read all the Bond books in order I chose the MacIntyre book to ensure I was grounded in the genesis of the story I particularly enjoyed how MacIntyre explored the various intersections between the life of Fleming and Bond While Fleming clearly drew on his World War II experiences as a naval intelligence officer to birth and frame Bond, the latter is also many things that Fleming was not While Fleming was mostly an armchair daredevil, Bond allowed his creator One of my retirement goals is to read all the Bond books in order I chose the MacIntyre book to ensure I was grounded in the genesis of the story I particularly enjoyed how MacIntyre explored the various intersections between the life of Fleming and Bond While Fleming clearly drew on his World War II experiences as a naval intelligence officer to birth and frame Bond, the latter is also many things that Fleming was not While Fleming was mostly an armchair daredevil, Bond allowed his creator to vicariously experience derring do To quote MacIntyre, experience Renaissance gusto in a frightened age

  7. says:

    It s a good read but I finished it with a sense of wanting , in the sense that I feel there s a lotto this story than is told here or, rather, a deeper analysis of Bond as a post war symbol of aspiration This is the sort of thing Marxist intellectuals are good atThe most interesting material is at the end when he describes how many books have been written about Bond and also novelists have written new Bond books, including some top literary writers like Kingsley Amis and Sebastian It s a good read but I finished it with a sense of wanting , in the sense that I feel there s a lotto this story than is told here or, rather, a deeper analysis of Bond as a post war symbol of aspiration This is the sort of thing Marxist intellectuals are good atThe most interesting material is at the end when he describes how many books have been written about Bond and also novelists have written new Bond books, including some top literary writers like Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks.MacIntyre is probably right to say that Bond lives forever while Fleming died of drink and cigarettes in his mid fifties

  8. says:

    A fascinating insight into the lives on Ian Fleming and his creation, James Bond, and how they are intertwined The book also looks at the people and events that influenced the novels and effect of Bond on society in general Yet another superbly written work by Ben Macintyre.

  9. says:

    4 stars if you are a Bond super fan It has some interesting historical tidbits and great photos.I just wish I had seen the original museum installation this book was made to support Who knows, maybe it is all saved on some server online somewhere.

  10. says:

    While Macintyre s writing is, as always, excellent, I got the sense that he did not have enough material for a full book The chapters feel drawn out, and once the theme of comparisons between Fleming and Bond is exhausted, there s not much left.

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