IAN FLEMING, CREATOR OF JAMES BOND — FORTY YEARS LATER
Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 8:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris
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“The name is Bond… James Bond.” Spoken in clipped British tones by the darkly handsome screen star, these words have echoed across the world as movie audiences tense for the newest adventure of Ian Fleming’s legendary hero.
To commemorate the anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death in 1964 — Vincent Chenille, a collector of print materials on Bond and Fleming for nearly 20 years, will present an evening devoted to the discovery of the rather flamboyant creator of Bond, his background in the British Secret Service and in journalism, and how Fleming’s own background influenced British spy 007’s universe.
Chenille’s exhibit, which is now on display at the Library, showcases both original editions and reprints of Fleming’s work in a variety of languages and formats, together with photos, articles, and biographical materials. The background is designed by Armelle Aymonin.
Complementing Chenille’s discussion will be a second presentation by Pierre Rodiac of Club 007 France, who will describe the evolution of Bond from the pages of the bestselling paperback novels to the big screen and thence to a hero of mythic stature. His discussion will also encompass works of other writers who, in the past 50 years, capitalized on the Bond persona, including Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, and Raymond Benson.
Presentations will be in English; questions accepted in either French or English. Wine reception to follow.