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New Yorker magazine remembers lunch with Ian Fleming

12-Nov-2012 • Bond At 50

It’s a little hard to believe, but the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No,” was released more than a half-century ago, on October 5, 1962.

At that time, Ian Fleming, the writer of the James Bond novels, was fifty-three. In April of that year (when Daniel Craig, it’s worth pointing out, was negative five), The New Yorker’s Geoffrey Hellman met Fleming for lunch at the Pierre (now the Taj).

Fleming was in New York to visit his publishers. He’d stopped en route between his vacation house, in Jamaica (where Dr. No also has a hideaway) and his home in London. You can read the whole conversation here, in the archive. Or, if you’re too impatient or not a subscriber, click here to read the key points.

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