FLEMING (IAN) Typed letter signed, replying to a fan letter from a twelve-year-old schoolboy, 1962

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FLEMING (IAN)

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FLEMING (IAN)
Typed letter signed ("Ian Fleming"), to Terry Wing, replying to a fan letter from a twelve-year-old schoolboy and answering some of his questions ("...you are right in thinking that Dr. No is the sequel to From Russia With Love..."): confirming that he does indeed do a lot of travelling ("...one can't really write truthfully about places one hasn't seen for one's self, having been in Naval Intelligence during the war, I do know something about spies and spying..."), telling him about his car ("...I am at present driving a Ford Thunderbird which I have had for two years, but I am in the process of changing to a very new model, the Studebaker Avanti, with a top speed of 174 and acceleration from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds..."), complimenting him on his pluck ("...So far as your future is concerned I shouldn't bother to try and emulate James Bond. You are already an adventurous chap with plenty of guts or you wouldn't be writing to authors out of the blue at the age of 12 and a bit!..."), and "As a prize for your enterprise (bad English that!)" sending a signed copy of his last but one book, 1 page, engraved heading, light coffee-staining on the reverse just showing through, but overall in sound and attractive condition, 4to, 4 Old Mitre Court, Fleet Street, 21 June 1962

Footnotes

  • 'I SHOULDN'T BOTHER TO TRY AND EMULATE JAMES BOND. YOU ARE ALREADY AN ADVENTUROUS CHAP' – a delightfully revealing letter in which Ian Fleming compliments a schoolboy admirer and gives him details of his own glamorous lifestyle of travel and fast cars, letting slip the admission that he does "know something about spies and spying". The first of the Bond films, Dr No, was to appear that autumn.
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