‘James Bond: The Man and His World’ by Henry Chancellor

Artistic Licence Renewed

A special treat for our readers this week, as we welcome renowned historian and documentary producer Henry Chancellor in from the cold. In the canon of James Bond reference books, Henry’s book in collaboration with Ian Fleming Publications, stands as one of the best. We asked him how this book came to be.

1. Why did you decide to write this book?

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 7.57.50 PMThe honest answer is I was asked to. I’d written a book about Colditz and had made a few tv series on wartime derring-do, which is why Roland Philips at John Murray thought of me. He said the Fleming estate were thinking of opening up the archive and wondering whether there might be a book in it about the origins of Bond…would I like to have look? So of course I did…

And what I found was fascinating. At that time all Ian Flemings’ stuff was housed…

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