November 17, 2006 |
YOU don't have to be a James Bond fan -- indeed, you can hate Agent 007 -- and still get a kick out of Simon Winder's meditation-plus-memoir of his lifelong obsession with this woman-hating, sadistic, suavely alcoholic spy and his weird, snobbish, sexually self-punishing author, Ian Fleming.
May 26, 2004 |
The estate of Ian Fleming, the writer who created James Bond and other works, says film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is infringing its copyright in the children's book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Fleming's estate filed suit in Manhattan federal court against MGM, the studio controlled by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. The suit says MGM's right to profit from the 1968 film about a magical car expired in 1992. An MGM spokeswoman declined to comment, saying the studio hadn't seen the suit.
August 29, 2001 |
The world is right again. James Bond will be back in the driver's seat of an Aston Martin in the next 007 film, working title "Bond 20," to be released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. next year. In a one-pic placement pact with the studio, Aston Martin Lagonda agreed to pay an undisclosed fee to have the fictional British agent drive a new Aston Martin Vanquish in the film. (Rumors picked up by Highway 1's Secret Service agents say it is a seven-figure deal, at least).
August 9, 1998 |
Ian Fleming's Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, where he turned out James Bond thrillers until his death in 1964, can now be rented--although it will cost you plenty of Moneypenny. For $5,000 per night (including meals), up to six people can roam his three-bedroom home, which is furnished with some of the author's items and set on a bluff above a sea cove in Oracabessa.
July 24, 1996 |
The first glimmer of Ian Fleming's rich life of the mind came to light when he was a young naval officer in British intelligence during World War II. The task at hand was to capture a code book used by the German navy so that the Allies would be able to read the encrypted radio traffic between enemy ships.
October 16, 1994 |
IN THE DECADES AFTER WORLD WAR II, THE GLITTERATI CLAIMED Jamaica. Drawn by the blazing sun, soft breezes and relatively relaxed moral atmosphere, hordes of movie stars, royals and literary lights descended on the island every winter. Among the luminaries, none glittered more brightly than two seemingly ill-matched British neighbors on the island's scenic northern shore.
March 5, 1990 |
A dashing knight on a white horse with lance drawn fills the screen as a little boy presses his toy warrior into battle. Flash forward to Eton: Now the grown youth, on another crusade, advances the same knight over the curving mound of a woman's naked hip. What better image to introduce the rich, young adventurer Ian Fleming and the future creator of James Bond? You figure if the opening moments are this playful, the rest of "The Secret Life of Ian Fleming" should be a hoot. And it is.
January 20, 1990 |
Most actors shy away from gimmick casting. But Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery, decided to fight for a role that will inevitably invite comparisons with his famous dad. In "The Secret Life of Ian Fleming," a TNT cable movie that recently completed production in England, Jason plays the title role. Fleming is the novelist who created James Bond, the character that brought fame to Sean Connery 27 years ago. "Now I can say to the press, 'Compare me!'