FLEMING (IAN) Typed letter signed ("Ian Fleming"), to Doctor G.R.C.D. Gibson, of Leicester, thanking him for his "splendid letter" and invitation for James Bond to join the Aston Martin Owners Club and mentions Pussy Galore, Kemsley House, London, 23 June 1959

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FLEMING (IAN)
Typed letter signed ("Ian Fleming"), to Doctor G.R.C.D. Gibson, of Leicester, thanking him for his "splendid letter" and invitation for James Bond to join the Aston Martin Owners Club and mentions Pussy Galore, Kemsley House, London, 23 June 1959

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FLEMING (IAN)
Typed letter signed ("Ian Fleming"), to Doctor G.R.C.D. Gibson, of Leicester, thanking him for his "splendid letter" and invitation for James Bond to join the Aston Martin Owners Club: "Since neither Bond nor his biographer are owners of an Aston Martin, I can do no more than pass your invitation on to the head of Admin. at the Secret Service from whose transport pool the DB III was drawn"; and disagreeing with his penultimate paragraph "couched though it is in such graphic language" ("...Pussy only needed the right man to come along and perform the laying on of hands in order to cure her psycho-pathological malady..."); and telling him that he has in mind a story with motor racing as its background, although not quite along the lines he suggests ("...I will try and get around to it in due course and shall not be surprised if I then receive a sheaf of acid complaints from experts such as yourself..."); he ends by thanking him again "for cheering up my morning at the office"; with autograph salutation and subscription, 1 page, printed heading, 4to, Kemsley House, London, 23 June 1959

Footnotes

  • ʻPUSSY ONLY NEEDED THE RIGHT MAN TO COME ALONG' – FLEMING ON JAMES BOND'S ASTON MARTIN AND PUSSY GALORE, AS FEATURED IN GOLDFINGER. The novel had come out on 23 March 1959. In the book, Bond drives what Fleming describes as an Aston Martin DB III, but which the purist Dr Gibson thinks should be called the "Mark III". The unrepentant Fleming however thinks this "reads a bit too stuffily". When the film came out in 1964, the DB III was to be updated to a DB5.

    Fleming did indeed sketch a story with motor racing as its background. This was a treatment for an unfilmed episode of a television series, Murder on Wheels and is set in the Nürburgring, with Bond fighting a Russian plot to kill Stirling Moss. The Fleming estate has recently granted Anthony Horowitz access to the script. He has used it as the basis for his Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, published on 8 September this year. By coincidence, or otherwise, the book is set two weeks after the events described in Goldfinger and features Pussy Galore.

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