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IAN FLEMING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/12/1961 - HFSID 292742

The creator of James Bond responds to a letter from a fan in 1961. Beautifully matted and framed to 34x16½ with the fan's letter, Fleming's letter and a 10x8 black and white photograph showing the novelist sitting at his desk.

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IAN FLEMING

The creator of James Bond responds to a letter from a fan in 1961. Beautifully matted and framed to 34x16½ with the fan's letter, Fleming's letter and a 10x8 black and white photograph showing the novelist sitting at his desk.

Typed Letter signed: "Ian Fleming", 1 page, 5x8, Ludgate Circus, England, 1961 September 12. On letterhead of the Old Mitre Court, Fleet Street, Ludgate Circus, addressed to Mrs. Georgiana Renner, New York. Matted and framed, with the original fan letter which Fleming responds to and a handsome unsigned photo of Fleming, to an overall size of 34x16½. In full: "Thank you very much for your charming letter of September 4th, and it was indeed kind of you to have written me such a delightful and informative 'fan' letter. It seems to me that you should start writing these sort of books yourself! Again with many thanks for your kind thought. Yours Sincerely," Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908-1964) was born in Mayfair, a wealthy district in London, England. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II and rose from the rank of Lieutenant to Commander. His work with the Naval Intelligence Division helped Fleming write his first novel Casino Royale, published in 1953. In this novel the writer introduced James Bond, or 007, to the world. Although not an instant commercial hit, he continued to write sequels for the novel. Fleming wrote Live and Let Die (1954), Moonraker (1955), Diamonds Are Forever (1956), From Russia With Love (1957), Dr. No (1958), Goldfinger (1959), For Your Eyes Only (1960), Thunderball (1961), The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), You Only Live Twice (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1965) and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) the last two were published posthumously. In 1962 the film version of Dr. No starring Sean Connery as James Bond was released. From then on James Bond has been one of the world's most adored and profitable franchises. Today, Fleming's Bond character is a household name with novels, films, video games and even automobiles being produced under the title James Bond. Though it is hard to deny the success of the James Bond films, few realize that Fleming's fourteen novels have sold over 100 Million copies. In 2008 the British newspaper The Times listed Fleming as number fourteen on the list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". Normal mailing fold. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition. Not framed in Gallery of History style. Previously authenticated by PSA/DNA.

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