The new book "Historical
Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World of Intelligence
- Fact and Fiction" by
Nigel West, is out now in the UK...
Update 03/08/09: Cover artwork
Update 14/01/10: Title changed from "Historical Dictionary
of Ian Fleming's James Bond"
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Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World
of Intelligence - Nigel West
The Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's World of Intelligence
includes hundreds of dictionary entries on actual cases
real-life spies, MI5, SIS, CIA, and KGB, as well as on the short
stories and novels that define one of the most extraordinary
fictional characters of all time.
Twelve novels and nine short stories define one of the most
extraordinary fictional characters of all time, creating
the basis for the most successful movie series in cinematographic
history, watched by more than half the world's population.
The single person probably more responsible than any other
for glamorizing the murky world of espionage is Ian Fleming,
the creator of James Bond, who himself lived a remarkable
double life of spy and writer. Everyone has an opinion on
why 007 became so successful, but one possible explanation
is the ingenious formula of fact, fiction, and sheer fantasy.
Certainly the author drew on friends and places he knew
well to provide the backdrop for his drama, but what proportion
of his output is authentic, and what comes directly from
the author's imagination?
These questions and more are examined
in the Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's James Bond.
This is done through
a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and hundreds
of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actual cases
of espionage, real-life spies, MI5, SIS, CIA, KGB, and
others. It also contains entries on Ian Fleming's novels
and short stories, family and friends, his employers and
colleagues, and other notable characters.
Amazon UK (Hardback)
Amazon USA (Hardback)
Nigel West is currently the European Editor of the International
Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches
the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence
and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of many
books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence,
Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence, Historical
Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence, and Historical
Dictionary of Sexspionage. In October
2003 he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence
Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.
"Nigel West examines the fascinating double life of spy
and writer Ian Fleming, who will forever be known for creating
James Bond, one of the most intriguing fictional spies in modern
history—as well as the most lucrative; the Bond movies
have been seen by more than half of the world's population. The
volume consists of a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography,
and hundreds of cross-referenced entries on actual cases of espionage
and real-life spies, along with entries on Fleming's novels,
his family and friends, his employers and colleagues, and other
notable characters from his work." —December 2009,
Publisher: The Scarecrow Press
RRP: £49.95 / $80.00
ISBN: 0-8108-6190-9 / 978-0-8108-6190-9
Released:November 2009 (UK/ USA)