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  1. 'Ian Fleming – The Man Behind James Bond' Lecture Announced

    After getting involved with several events earlier this year to mark the centenary of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, today we details on yet another upcoming 007 event at Bletchley Park.

    On Thursday, 9 October 2008, the Bletchley Park Winter Lecture Series will kick off with ‘Ian Fleming – The Man Behind James Bond’ by Andrew Lycett

    Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming

    Best known by 007 fans for his indepth 1995 biography Ian Fleming, Lycett is a former foreign correspondent also specialising in Africa and the Middle East. His biographical subjects, in addition to Fleming, have included Rudyard Kipling, Dylan Thomas and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    The lecture will be held at the atmospheric Bletchley Park Mansion, which is steeped in history and provides an atmospheric setting.

    All lectures start at 7:30pm and the Mansion is open from 6:30pm. The ticket price includes a glass of wine, orange juice or coffee after the lecture. Admission charges are as follows:

    • single lecture – £10.00
    • season ticket for all six lectures – £50.00

    Advance booking is strongly advised, please phone 01908 640404 or email info@bletchleypark.org.uk.


    In related Bletchley Bond news, a brand new book entitled From Bletchley, With Love by Mavis Batey is available for sale at the official website.

    Giving readers a fascinating look at Fleming’s activities as liaison officer between Bletchley Park and the Director of Naval Intelligence throughout the war, this book accompanies the ‘From Bletchley, With Love’ exhibition.

    Knowing the enemy’s secrets and keeping your own is a real war winner. In World War 2 codebreaking and the Special Intelligence derived from it played a major role in the allied victory in Europe. Ian Fleming, NID 17F, acted as liaison officer between Bletchley Park and the Director of Naval Intelligence throughout the war. The brand new ‘From Bletchley, With Love’ exhibition at Bletchley Park shows for the first time his involvement with the secrets of ENIGMA and ULTRA, which he was never able to reveal, but which formed the inspiration for the fantasy world of James Bond. Amongst other fascinating Fleming insights, the exhibition and this accompanying book make the startling revelation of who was Ian Fleming’s real-life ‘M’.

    This book accompanies the brand new ‘From Bletchley, With Love’ exhibition at Bletchley Park.

    Stay tuned to the CommanderBond.net main page for all the latest literary 007 news and complete coverage of all the Ian Fleming centenary events.

    Devin Zydel @ 2008-09-25
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