“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling–a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension–becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.
“James Bond suddenly knew that he was tired…”
That’s the opening of Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming, the creator of the world’s best known fictional spy. Today we celebrate the birthday of Fleming, born on May 28, 1908. James Bond is seemingly never out of the spotlight, with the movie franchise barreling along and regular new books about his adventures, such as last year’s Trigger Mortis, by Anthony Horowitz (who also created the Foyle’s War TV series). But Fleming is getting his own due, with 2014’s four-part TV miniseries, Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, and Matthew Parker’s 2015 book Goldeneye–Where Bond was Born, Ian Fleming’s Jamaica.
In celebration of Fleming’s life, let’s pour ourselves a martini, shaken, not stirred. . .