The Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s Death: The Times Obituary

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(Source: The Times, Aug 13, 1964)

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 3.32.58 PMMr. Ian Fleming, whose death at the age of 56 is announced on another page was one of the most successful and controversial thriller writers in recent years.

Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in 1903, son of Major Valentine Fleming, M.P., D.S.O. He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst. and then at Munich and Geneva universities. In 1929, having failed to secure a place in the Diplomatic Service, he joined Reuter’s at a time when the inter- national wire ser- vices were struggling for supremacy.

Reuter’s was great fun in those days”. Fleming said afterwards. “a very good milL The training there gives you a good straightforward style. Above all, I have to thank Reuter’s for getting my facts right.

He covered the trial of the Vickers-Armstrong engineers in Moscow in 1933, and was offered the job of Reuter’s assistant general manager in the Far…

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