June 12, 1993
Piergiuseppe Beretta, 86, president of Beretta gun-manufacturing firm, one of the world's oldest gun makers. The family firm began in 1526, and the Beretta became the official weapon of the Italian police and armed forces and is widely used in the United States. The gun became world famous when British writer Ian Fleming selected it as the weapon used by his fictitious secret agent 007, James Bond, in his Cold War thrillers. On Thursday in Gardone Valtrompia, Italy.
July 11, 2007 |
James Bond will soon be back, in bookstores. "Devil May Care," a novel written by British author Sebastian Faulks and authorized by the estate of the late Ian Fleming, is due to come out in 2008, the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group said Tuesday. Fleming, who died in 1964, wrote such favorites as "Goldfinger," "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love." The Bond series has continued over the last 40 years, with Kingsley Amis and John Gardner among those writing stories.
December 2, 2007
RE "A Cold War Refugee" [Nov. 25]: My husband, the late Sam Rolfe, created the series "The Man From Uncle." He wrote the pilot and invented the acronym U.N.C.L.E. He produced the series for the first several years. I was therefore surprised, no, stunned, that Robert Lloyd's article did not mention the name of Sam Rolfe. Executive producer Norman Felton approached Sam in the early '60s with a worrisome problem, at a time when Sam was producing a series at MGM titled "The Eleventh Hour."
February 26, 2014 |
This week the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy reached a huge milestone: It sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Forty-five million of those books were bought by readers in the U.S. The 100-million mark puts E.L. James' bestselling series on par with Ian Fleming's James Bond series. But the first Bond book, "Casino Royale," was published more than 50 years ago; "Fifty Shades of Grey" debuted in 2011. Originally self-published, "Fifty Shades of Grey" gained even wider reach after being picked up by Vintage, an imprint of Random House, in 2012.
February 16, 1989 |
James Bond, a leading ornithologist whose name was adopted by Ian Fleming for the fictional British agent 007, has died at the age of 89. He died Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Hospital, a hospital spokesman said today. Bond's contribution to popular culture came after World War II when Fleming saw his book, "Birds of the West Indies," in Jamaica.
October 13, 2005 |
It's Craig, Daniel Craig. Little by little, news is leaking out that British-born actor Daniel Craig will be tapped to play James Bond in "Casino Royale," the 21st installment in the multibillion-dollar film franchise based on the popular Ian Fleming novels featuring that debonair spy, Agent 007. The blond-haired Craig, 37, will be the sixth Bond -- and first blond Bond.
August 8, 1990
The owner of the exclusive rights to novelist Ian Fleming's James Bond character is putting the super-spy on the auction block after a long run of movie hits that has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, it was reported today. Variety, the entertainment weekly, said the decision was made by veteran film producer Albert Broccoli because revenues from the "007" films have been slipping.