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#407 - Ian Fleming

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“Keep your eye open for a suitable assignment of the sort of adventurous type which has become my specialty”
Description                           Estimate: $4,000+          

TLS, one page, 8 x 10, Kemsley House letterhead, September 1, 1953. Letter to Antony Terry, in part: “Many thanks for the V-2 book, and here is one more request. Has a book or a series of articles been published on the ‘Were-Wolves’ who were organised to harass us at the end of the war? Would you please let me have anything that there may be available? Incidentally, did they ever achieve anything? and what happened to them all? I am still hoping to get over to Germany…I wonder if you would keep your eye open for a suitable assignment of the sort of adventurous type which has become my specialty. I have absolutely no ideas but I wonder if there is anything in that story of the German who claims to have discovered Atlantis under the sea off Heligoland? I saw something about it in the French papers but it looked a bit like a mare’s nest.” In very good to fine condition, with punch holes to left edge, creases to upper corners (small tear to upper left corner), and light toning to the perimeter. Accompanied by three pages of Terry’s retained carbon copies of his responses to Fleming.

As foreign manager of the Kemsley newspaper group’s Sunday Times, Fleming hired Terry to be posted abroad. He had experience and expertise in German culture from his youth and service in World War II, making him an ideal man for the job in Berlin. Utilizing this legitimate news organization as a cover, Fleming also ran an intelligence outfit known as Mercury which used foreign correspondents to gather information in sensitive foreign zones. A highly desirable letter from the career that later inspired the spy writer’s world-famous stories. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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