Ian Fleming

James Bond...or someday the author


Ian Fleming was born into an upper middle class family in London. His mother was Evelyn St Croix Rose, and his father was Valentine Fleming, the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910. Fleming was the grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.

In 1921 Fleming enrolled at Eton College. Although not a high achiever academically, he excelled at athletics and held the title of Victor Ludorum (“Winner of the Games”) for two years between 1925 and 1927.12 He also edited a school magazine, The Wyvern.1 His lifestyle at Eton brought him into conflict with his housemaster, E. V. Slater, who disapproved of Fleming’s attitude, his hair oil, his ownership of a car and his relations with women.10 Slater persuaded Fleming’s mother to remove him from Eton a term early for a crammer course to gain entry to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.10 He spent less than a year there, leaving in 1927 without gaining a commission, after contracting gonorrhea.12

In 1927, to prepare Fleming for possible entry into the Foreign Office, his mother sent him to the Tennerhof in Kitzb├╝hel, Austria, a small private school run by the Adlerian disciple and former British spy Ernan Forbes Dennis and his novelist wife, Phyllis Bottome. After improving his language skills there, he studied briefly at Munich University and the University of Geneva. While in Geneva, Fleming began a romance with Monique Panchaud de Bottomes and the couple were briefly engaged in 1931. His mother disapproved and made him break off the relationship. He applied for entry to the Foreign Office, but failed the examinations. His mother again intervened in his affairs, lobbying Sir Roderick Jones, head of Reuters News Agency, and in October 1931 he was given a position as a sub-editor and journalist for the company. In 1933 Fleming spent time in Moscow, where he covered the Stalinist show trial of six engineers from the British company Metropolitan-Vickers. While there he applied for an interview with Soviet premier Joseph Stalin, and was amazed to receive a personally signed note apologising for not being able to attend.

Fleming bowed to family pressure in October 1933, and went into banking with a position at the financiers Cull & Co. In 1935 he moved to Rowe and Pitman on Bishopsgate as a stockbroker. Fleming was unsuccessful in both roles.

It was around this time, between ongoing illicit romances with women who were married and those who were single that he returned to the Tennerhof in Austria for an extended skiing trip. Upon his return, he met up with Susan Forman. Mistaking her friendliness in him as sexual attraction, he began a one-sided romance with her on the train returning from Austria where they encountered ranking members of the S.S. who had begun a plot with the nefarious Cybermen. As this plot was foiled, Susan decided to bring Fleming along for his quit wit, charm and his way with words. Further, since he had some limited background as a journalist, it was assumed his interview skills would be, at least, passable.

From this point, a whirlwind of adventures through time and space ensued, with dramatic tales unfolding with Sontarans, Sun Tzu, Al Capone and others.

Presently, the group, consisting of Capone, Tzu as well as Jodana Kelzor and Cali Armstrong, have returned to Chesham, England in 1562 to uncover the disappearance of Susan Forman as well a possible assassination plot against the Bishop of London.

Ian Fleming

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