Ian Fleming (aetatis 56) would just have turned 100
In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael Dirda writes:
A couple of years ago, I happened to be giving a talk to the graduating seniors at a Catholic girls’ school. During the question period, one young woman asked, “If you could be any character in literature, who would you choose?” Given that I write about books for a (hardscrabble) living, I could see that she expected me to name some obvious literary heavyweight, such as Odysseus, Prince Genji, or Huckleberry Finn â€” all of whom flashed through my mind as good answers. Instead I paused for a moment, put on my most sardonic look, and huskily whispered into the microphone, “Bond, James Bond.” It brought down the house.
Of course, people thought I was kidding. And, of course, I wasn’t.
Ian Fleming centenary website
Imperial War Museum: For Your Eyes Only Exhibition
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.