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  • BOOK REVIEW: 'An English Affair'

    Richard Davenport-Hines was an eight-year-old schoolboy then, but such things had even percolated into the cloistered world of his prep school. Asked to name a word beginning with a vowel, he innocently picked one he had seen in a servant's newspaper — orgy — which promptly earned him a caning. Soon, the headmaster was lecturing the boys about banning Ian Fleming's "Dr. No" from the school on the grounds that it was sadistic, a term our author also did not know. Half a century later, he has given us a marvelously lively and evocative account of that pivotal year, which saw the downfall of a prime minister and paved the way for a socialist government to be elected in 1964.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Ian Fleming: A Biography'

    When it comes to James Bond on screen, viewers have their favorite actor to portray this unique brand of spy. Some diehard aficionados of the books that first brought him into existence spurn the movie versions altogether. Although it is 60 years since Ian Fleming produced "Casino Royale," the first of his dozen-plus James Bond novels, the character has proved so popular that the Fleming estate has licensed authors from Kingsley Amis to, most recently, William Boyd, to continue the brand.

  • Actor Daniel Craig portrays James Bond in a scene from the latest 007 movie, "Casino Royale." (Sony Pictures)

    The List: Top 10 reasons why we love James Bond

    From adventures in exotic locales to the memorable girls and super villains, let's celebrate 007's 60th anniversary.

  • No mid-life crisis for 007 as Bond films turn 50

    It was a meeting of the two most famous British people on the planet: Queen Elizabeth II turned to her tuxedo-wearing guest and said, "Good evening, Mr. Bond."

  • New 007 film to depict spy's inner demons

    The next James Bond movie, "Skyfall," promises the usual action, exotic locations, scheming villains and beautiful women. For fans of the original novels by Ian Fleming, there's more: a journey into the troubled psyche of the iconic spy.

  • James Bond novels to be reissued by Amazon.com

    James Bond has a new American publisher: Amazon.com.

  • James Bond novels to be reissued by Amazon.com

    James Bond has a new American publisher: Amazon.com.

  • Writer William Boyd to pen next 007 novel

    Acclaimed British novelist William Boyd said Thursday he hopes to bring James Bond back to his roots when he pens the next installment of the suave superspy saga.

  • Ian Fleming's magical Chitty car flies again

    Most cars are just that: Four tires and an engine. And then there's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the flying version born of Ian Fleming's imagination and the namesake of the James Bond creator's only book for children.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapon'

    To readers of Ian Fleming's wildly popular James Bond spy thrillers, SMERSH was an omnipotent - and murderous - arm of Soviet intelligence, part of the network later known as the KGB. Fleming introduced SMERSH in his inaugural work, "Casino Royale," published in 1953, and over the years credited the organization with such exploits as the murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico in 1940.

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