Ian Fleming

One of the many assumptions regarding the James Bond phenomenon is that he was based on the actions of a real life character. And so he was - sort of. But was that real life character Ian Fleming himself?

Ian Fleming lived a remarkably uncompromising life in a world full of compromises. Born in 1908 as the son of Valentine Fleming, and the grandson of the wealthy Scottish banker Robert Fleming, Ian Lancaster Fleming grew up the member of a rare class of Englishmen for whom all options are open.