who was ian fleming?

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Born in 1908 to Eve­lyn St Croix and Valen­tine Fleming, an MP, he was ed­u­cated at Eton but was with­drawn early by his mother, who was con­cerned that his poor aca­demic re­sults would bring shame on the fam­ily. He went on to Sand­hurst but with­drew af­ter a year (he is said to have con­tracted gon­or­rhoea from a pros­ti­tute) and was sent to the Ten­ner­hof, an Aus­trian school for the wealthy and prob­lem­atic, run by for­mer MI6 mem­ber Er­nan Forbes Den­nis, who fu­elled his in­ter­est in es­pi­onage. He went on to work as a jour­nal­ist, stock­bro­ker and naval in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, yet his last­ing legacy is his 13 James Bond nov­els about a spy whose tastes for strong liquor, vi­o­lence and beau­ti­ful women were re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to Fleming’s own. The women in his lfe 1. Monique Pan­chaud de Bot­tens was the daugh­ter of a Swiss landowner. She met Fleming at a ball in Geneva. They were in­sep­a­ra­ble for the sum­mer of 1931 and briefly en­gaged. She was said to have been the in­spi­ra­tion for Bond’s mother (a Swiss woman, Monique). 2. Edith von Mor­purgo was an Aus­trian with whom he ex­changed racy love let­ters in the 1930s, some about bondage, whips and sado-masochism. 3. Muriel Wright, a noted polo player, had a re­la­tion­ship with Fleming for nine years un­til her death dur­ing an air raid in 1944, aged 35. 4. Maud Rus­sell, the wealthy so­cialite, 17 years his se­nior, known for host­ing par­ties at­tended by lead­ing politi­cians, writ­ers, artists and aris­to­crats. 5. Fleming mar­ried Ann Char­teris, the for­mer Lady Rother­mere, who has pre­vi­ously been mar­ried to Lord O’neill, in 1952. Their son, Cas­par, was born later that year.

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