Why Ian Fleming's James Bond Series is Still Popular and Read Today

February 26, 2019

Why Ian Fleming's James Bond Series is Still Popular and Read Today

The favorite authors and titles of vintage novels are hard to find. 

We have so many contemporary book lovers who don't appreciate reading from a book.

However, some quality vintage books find themselves in books shelves today, what that means is that people still love to read them. Their authors have managed to grasp our attention across times and seasons with their imagination and creative genius. 

Film writers and producers today are looking more quality vintage books to expound, to add a dash of 'modernness' to them without hurting the original foundation. Book lovers today still search for powerful, spellbinding stories by authors in a quality vintage book to read, enjoying how writers of the 17 century saw the world.

Many of those books contained insightful, witty, emotional experiences that reflect what's happening today. Perhaps classical book writers had fancied that they could see the future.

The Ian Fleming Series, James Bond

One of such celebrated quality vintage books is the James Bond novels, written by Ian Fleming. I bet many of you thought these novels were written recently,  but the first of the Bond series, Casino Royale was written in 1952.

In  Moonraker James Bond teams up with the famous M and is the third in the series. The novels were a huge hit and still enjoyed today, more especially since movie producers have adapted Ian's stories into blockbusters.

For some of us who would rather read books than watch the adaptation on Netflix, you will love a copy of this vintage awesomeness. Ian would take you through the journey of espionage, betrayal, seduction, passion, duty, love, sacrifice, death and many more.

A Little of Ian Fleming.

He was a drifter who couldn't find his place. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the leading merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. However, he sought to leave his mark in his way, so he moved through several jobs before settling on writing and journalism.

During the Second World War, Ian, who was a Naval intelligence officer at the time involved in the Goldeneye operation. He oversaw 2 of the intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T- Force throughout the Goldeneye operations.

All the experiences he had gotten during his wartime service, served as a solid background for his Bond spy novels. Fleming vacationed in Jamaica every year and used this time to write a James Bond story.  His last two Bond thrillers were published after his death The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy.

A Little About His Novels.

The first of the spy series, Casino Royale was written in 1952. It was so popular that they almost couldn't meet up with demand. From 1953 to 1966, Ian had written Eleven Bond novels and several short stories. 

James Bond novels told the story of a secret intelligence officer named James Bond. Bond was famously known as M16 or 007, his code number and he was a commander in charge of the Royal Naval Reserve.

Even though a lot must have changed in how things were run in the 1950s, the James Bond spy novels still capture our attention as it has sold over 100 million copies globally since then. If you are an avid collector of the author Ian Fleming, you might be interested in this site Collecting Ian Fleming & James Bond Books.

A website set up by collectors for fans, it has an image gallery and in-depth articles — a good reference site on all things Bond in the book world.

What Is Your favorite James Bond Novel?

Wouldn't you love a library section dedicated to these vintage finds from the first novel to the last?

Browse the Vintage Mystery Book Collection for a wide variety of authors with various writing; styles are here for you to browse. Perry Mason to Agatha Cristie, spy novels written by Ian Fleming to Trixie Beldon are all waiting for you.



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