‘Read and burn’ James Bond book up for auc­tion

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THEY pro­vide a win­dow into the world of two of the 20th cen­tury’s most fa­mous per­son­al­i­ties, and a friend­ship that would go on to help in­spire the cre­ation of James Bond.

Au­thor Ian Flem­ing’s books about the world-fa­mous spy, in­scribed with mes­sages for his clos­est friend Noel Cow­ard, are set to go up for auc­tion.

The first edi­tion sto­ries, in­clud­ing Live and Let Die, have mes­sages from the au­thor to the play­wright and com­poser, who had first en­cour­aged him to be­gin writ­ing.

Among the other books are

On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice, and Thun­der­ball, while The Spy Who Loved Me, the most sex­u­ally ex­plicit of the Bond nov­els, is also up for sale with the in­scrip­tion, “To Noel, read and burn!, from Ian”.

The Noel Cow­ard Foun­da­tion is sell­ing the books at the auc­tion house Christie’s on Wed­nes­day.

Christie’s as­so­ciate spe­cial­ist for books and manuscript­s, Mark Wilt­shire, said: “Each vol­ume is in­scribed by Flem­ing with a per­sonal mes­sage to Cow­ard, of­ten play­ful but also filled with re­spect and grat­i­tude for his en­cour­age­ment in the early days of Flem­ing’s ca­reer as a nov­el­ist.”

The Bond books, with some ex­pected to fetch up to £20,000, were writ­ten at Flem­ing’s es­tate on the Ja­maican coast, where Cow­ard was a neigh­bour and his clos­est friend.

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