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Item 365 - Ian Fleming Catalog 565 (Sep 2019)

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Estimate: $10,000.00 +
Sold Price: $11,251.25 (includes buyer's premium)


TLS, one page, 8 x 10, personal letterhead, June 21, 1962. Letter to young admirer Terry Wing, in part: "You are right in thinking that Dr. No is the sequel to From Russia With Love…Certainly I do a lot of travelling as one can't really write truthfully about places one hasn't seen for one's self, having been in Naval Intelligence during the war, I do know something about spies and spying. I am at present driving a Ford Thunderbird which I have had for two years, but I am in the process of changing to a very new model, the Studebaker Avanti, with a top speed of 174 and acceleration from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds. So far as your future is concerned [you] shouldn't bother to try and emulate James Bond. You are already an adventurous chap with plenty of guts or you wouldn't be writing to authors out of the blue at the age of 12 and a bit! As a prize for your enterprise (bad English that!) I am sending you an autographed copy of my last but one book, which you don't seem to have read." Scattered creases and light stains from mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. A delightfully revealing—and rare—letter offering details of Fleming's own background in intelligence and his glamorous lifestyle of travel and fast cars. The first Bond film, Dr. No, would debut in the UK in October 1962, just four months after this letter.

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