James bond, even more so an Ian Fleming fan for he did more than just James Bond. I as a young child remember reading chitty chitty bang bang… and it was one thing that got me into wanting to write, that and other novels like the lion the witch and the wardrobe fueled my imagination.

I will admit that I first saw the films, well some of them before I ever picked up one of the stories… the stories just ran me head first into the top secret world of spies brick wall. I wanted to experience such a thrill ride, such passion. I wanted to be James Bond, from his books. I picked up other authors but wanted to collect all the books of Ian Fleming.


‘Name: Bond, James. Height: 183cm, weight: 76 kilograms; slim build; eyes: blue; hair: black; scar down right cheek and on left shoulder; signs of plastic surgery on back of right hand; all-round athlete; expert pistol shot, boxer, knife-thrower; does not use disguises. Languages: French and German. Smokes heavily (NB: special cigarettes with three gold bands); vices: drink, but not to excess, and women. Not thought to accept bribes.’

Well anyway enough on my fan boy weakness.

I would highly recommend anyone reading the stories, especially if you like the movies… your imagination carries the true gadgets into reality…

Ian Fleming

Bond books:
Casino Royale (1953)
Live and Let Die (1954)
Moonraker (1955)
Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
From Russia, with Love (1957)
Dr. No (1958)
Goldfinger (1959)
For Your Eyes Only (1960)
Thunderball (1961)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)
You Only Live Twice (1964)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Non bond books:
The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
Thrilling Cities (1963)
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964)