his time in Europe did not clue Ian in to what he wanted to do
with his life. He eventually set his sights on the foreign
service exam, but to his disappointment he failed to pass the
test. He then turned to his brother's profession, and joined
Reuters as a journalist. The highlight of his brief career
with Reuters was covering a spy trial while in Russia. However,
Ian was still just the "other Fleming" journalist, as his brother
Peter hopped the globe writing colorful news from many distant
and exotic locals. Making little money as a journalist and
still being hidden in his brother's shadow, when his grandfather
Robert Fleming, a rich scottish banker, died in 1933 and left
his grandsons no money, Ian decided to give up Journalism.
one of his few compromises, Fleming, capitalized on the family
name by joining a London banking firm. While banking failed
to provide the fortune he sought, it did give him independence,
and Fleming spent his free time entertaining friends, playing
high-stakes bridge, and courting women.
with day-to-day life as a banker, Fleming accepted an assignment
to cover a trade mission to Moscow for the Times, during which
it appears that he was spying for the Foreign Office. Shortly
after he began a more formal attachment with Naval Intelligence,
taking the rank of Lieutenant, and later Commander. Fleming became
the right-hand man to one of Britain's top spymasters, Admiral
World War II, Fleming schemed, plotted, and carried out dangerous
missions from the famous Room 39 in the Admiralty building in
London's Whitehall. Many of his off-beat ideas on how to
confuse, survey, and enrage the Germans proved to be absurd, but
many were also proved ingenious.
1945, Fleming traveled to Jamaica for a Naval conference.
He immediatley decided he would move there after the war, and
shortly after starting purchasing land and designing his home,
which would be named "Goldeneye" after one of his missions.
By 1952, Fleming moved full-time to Jamaica and started work on
his first novel, Casino Royale, the first book to feature
Agent 007. By the time he died in 1964, Fleming had published
14 Bond books.
people believe that James Bond was created in the image of Fleming
himself, others that he is a composite of several people Fleming
worked with and admired over his career, including his brother
Peter, who was a succesful journalist and spy. Whatever
the case, it is obvious that Fleming's life and lifestyle play
some influence in the Bond character, and his experiences shape
the storylines, gadgets and characters in the series.