Ian Fleming Quotes

Ian Lancaster Fleming, 1908 – 1964

Born: 28 May 1908, Mayfair, London, England, UK
Died: 12 August 1964, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

Fleming’s grandfather was an associate of J.P. Morgan, his father was a Tory politician who was elected to Parliament in 1910 but died in the first world war. His older brother was the travel writer Peter Fleming who occasionally wrote some science fiction. Fleming was educated at Eton, although he was expelled following “some alleged trouble with one of the boys’ maids”. He went on to Sandhurst Military Academy but resigned without gaining a commission, then studied languages at Munich (German) and Geneva (French) universities. He was a journalist with Reuters, including some time at Moscow, before returning to London and the financial sector where he was not particularly successful as a stock broker. As the war approached he joined the Navy and became assistant to Admiral John H. Godfrey, the Director of Naval Intelligence, who became the model for “M”. Although he did receive field training, including attaching a mine to the hull of a ship from underwater, his actual work was in planning and administration. He bought an estate in Jamaica, which he called Goldeneye, was foreign manager for Kemsley Newspapers, and in 1952 he married Ann Rothermere whose father owned the Daily Mail. His first James Bond novel was Casino Royale in 1953, he wrote thirteen more before being struck down by a heart attack on a golf course in Kent.

Ian Fleming quotes:

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
    Ian Fleming

A medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.
    Ian Fleming – Dr. No (1958)

A woman can put up with almost anything; anything but indifference.
    Ian Fleming

A woman should be an illusion.
    Ian Fleming

Against the background of this luminous and sparkling stage Bond stood in the sunshine and felt his mission to be incongruous and remote and his dark profession an affront to his fellow actors.
    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale (1953)

Bond always mistrusted short men. They grew up from childhood with an inferiority complex. All their lives they would strive to be big – bigger than the others who had teased them as a child. Napoleon had been short, and Hitler. It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.
    Ian Fleming – Goldfinger (1959)

Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas.
    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale (1953)

Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.
    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale (1953)

Goldfinger could not have known that high tension was Bond’s natural way of life and that pressure and danger relaxed him.
    Ian Fleming – Goldfinger (1959)

He shrugged his shoulders to shift the pain of failure—-the pain that is so much greater than the pleasure of success.
    Ian Fleming – Moonraker (1955)

He thought with pleasure of the In-tray piled with Top Secret dockets he had gladly abandoned when the red telephone had summoned him an hour before. He felt fairly confident that now he wouldn’t have to deal with them.
    Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever (1956)

I always make it a rule never to look back. Otherwise, I’d ask myself how I could write such piffle and live with myself, day after day.
    Ian Fleming

I have always smoked and drunk and loved too much. In fact I have lived not too long but too much. One day the Iron Crab will get me. Then I shall have died of living too much.
    Ian Fleming

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
    Ian Fleming – You Only Live Twice (1964)

I’m looking for Commander James Bond, not an overgrown stunt man.
    Ian Fleming – on meeting Sean Connery

It reads better than it lives.
    Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever (1956)

Like all harsh, cold men, he was easily tipped over into sentiment.
    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale (1953)

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.
    Ian Fleming

Most marriages don’t add two people together. They subtract one from the other.
    Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever (1956)

Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.
    Ian Fleming – Goldfinger (1959)

Oh, it’s all been such a lark.
    Ian Fleming

Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.
    Ian Fleming

Orbis non sufficit. [The world is not enough.]
    Ian Fleming – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1964)

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
    Ian Fleming

The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.
    Ian Fleming – Live and Let Die (1954)

The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.
    Ian Fleming – Casino Royale (1953)

There is only one recipe for a best seller and it is a very simple one. You have to get the reader to turn over the page.
    Ian Fleming – Talk of the Devil (2008)

Unfortunately most ways of making big money take a long time. By the time one has made the money one is too old to enjoy it.
    Ian Fleming – Goldfinger (1959)

You can get far in North America with laconic grunts. “Huh,” “hun,” and “hi!” in their various modulations, together with “sure,” “guess so,” “that so?” and “nuts!” will meet almost any contingency.
    Ian Fleming

You can get far in North America with laconic grunts. “Huh,” “hun,” and “hi!” in their various modulations, together with “sure,” “guess so,” “that so?” and “nuts!” will meet almost any contingency.
    Ian Fleming

You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.
    Ian Fleming

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