Happy Birthday, Ian Fleming, born 28 May 1908, died 12 August 1964
- I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
- A woman can put up with almost anything; anything but indifference.
- Bond always mistrusted short men. They grew up from childhood with an inferiority complex. All their lives they would strive to be big - bigger than the others who had teased them as a child. Napoleon had been short, and Hitler. It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.
- I always make it a rule never to look back. Otherwise, I’d ask myself how I could write such piffle and live with myself, day after day.
- You only live twice: Once when you’re born. And once when you look death in the face.
Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer. Although he was best known for his James Bond series of spy novels, he also wrote the children’s story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming 14th on its list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945’.
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