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Originally posted by qingxun at 24-9-2006 05:03 AM
a character that the then fairly inadequate anglo saxons in the 50's felt the needs to aggrandise, i.e. empire lost, blah, blah, blah.........
Meaning what precisely? Tell me, what were the Chinese doing in the 1950s? Maybe somebody who actually cares could answer that
"Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, leaves a legacy as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Fleming's contribution to popular literature and post-war Western culture cannot be overstated. The legend begun way back in 1952 where Fleming begun writing the story Casino Royale in his Jamaican estate called Goldeneye. Fleming used to work as a journalist as well as a naval intelligence officer before he took up writing. Fleming, who was born in May 28th, 1908, single-handedly transformed popular detective and spy fiction from the dark, through the eye of James Bond, secret agent 007.
At first Fleming's books were not a huge success and it wasn't until almost a decade after his first novel Casino Royale, Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned Dr. No (6th Bond novel) into a movie. Fleming often visited the sets while the films were being made and approved of Sean Connery's performance. His work before writing influenced him greatly with his work writing the James Bond novels. James Bond was influenced by himself, but the name came from the author of the book 'The Ultimate Guide Book To Birds In The West Indies' - by James Bond.
Fleming argued that he created Bond as "an interesting man to whom extraordinary things happen." Fleming appropriated the name "James Bond" because he felt the name suitably "dull" and "anonymous." In contrast to Fleming's desire, Bond's skill at high-stakes gambling (Casino Royale), his easy of knowledge of the best wines, champagnes, automobiles, and cigarettes made 007 an icon of class. From Dom Perignon to Mooreland's cigarettes, from Bentleys to Aston Martins, James Bond defines a certain elegant taste. Fleming's easy use of detail and brand-names to define his characters helped blaze a new style in popular literature where the real world and the fictional world collided. Fleming's villains provide the author with great opportunity to explore larger themes. Through the grand schemes of Goldfinger, Dr. No, and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Fleming wages a literary battles with the deadly sins.
Ian Fleming died suddenly of a heart attack on August 12, 1964 at 56 years old during the shooting of Goldfinger. He would never get to see how much of an impact 007 would make on entertainment and society over the next 40 years."