Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was a British author and journalist; during the Second World War he served in the Naval Intelligence Division and, as part of his appointment, he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, rising to the rank of commander. Fleming is probably best known for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and two short story collections. He also wrote the children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and two non-fiction books.
Casino Royale (1953)
- The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul erosion produced by high gambling — a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension — becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.
- Opening line.
- Against the background of this luminous and sparkling stage Bond stood in the sunshine and felt his mission to be incongruous and remote and his dark profession an affront to his fellow actors.
- Ch. 5.
- Bond insisted ordering Leiter's Haig-and-Haig "on the rocks" and then he looked carefully at the barman. "A Dry Martini", he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet." "Oui, monsieur." "Just a moment. Three measures of Gordons, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?" "Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
- Ch. 7.
- 'I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink. It come partly from being a bachelor, but mostly from a habit of taking a lot of trouble over details. It's very pernickety and oldmaidish really, but then when I'm working I generally have to eat my meals alone and it makes them more interesting when one takes trouble.'
- Ch. 8.
- "Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles." He laughed. "But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose a wonderful machine."
- Ch. 21.
- It was the same with the whole Russian machine. Fear was the impulse. For them it was always safer to advance than retreat. Advance against the enemy and the bullet might miss you. Retreat, evade, betray and the bullet would never miss.
- Ch. 27.
- "The bitch is dead now."
- Closing line.
Live and Let Die (1954)
- He sat down next door in the seat she had left and watched the grim suburbs of Philadelphia showing their sores, like beggars, to the rich train.
- Ch. 10.
From Russia with Love (1957)
- It was a dark, clean-cut face, with a three-inch scar showing whitely down the sunburned skin of the right cheek. The eyes were wide and level under straight, rather long black brows. The hair was black, parted on the left, and carelessly brushed so that a thick black comma fell down over the right eyebrow. The longish straight nose ran down to a short upper lip below which was a wide and finely drawn but cruel mouth. The line of jaw was straight and firm. A section of dark suit, white shirt and black knitted tie completed the picture.
- ”And I would like a medium Vodka dry Martini — with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred, please. I would prefer Russian or Polish vodka.”
- James Bond.
- You are right, Mr. Bond. That is just what I am, a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania that drives them towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders — all maniacs.
- Dr. Julius No.
- Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action. (Auric Goldfinger)
- The difference between a good golf shot and a bad one is the same difference between a beautiful and a plain woman - a matter of millimetres.
You Only Live Twice (1964)
- I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
- Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car
- But some motorcars — mine, for instance, and perhaps yours — are different. If you get to like them and understand them, if you are kind to them and don't scratch their paint and bang their doors, if you fill them up and pump them up when they need it, of you keep them clean and polish and out the rain and snow as much as possible, you will find, you MAY find, that they become almost like persons — MORE than just ordinary persons — MAGICAL PERSONS!!!