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The Man With The Golden Pen

by Staff

Tags: James Bond, Spy Novels, Cult Figures,

Ian Fleming, the man who created James Bond, is a cult figure. Since Bond is often thought to be a romanticized version of Fleming himself, many people take a keen interest Fleming’s real life and inspirations. Tourists flock to his Jamaican estate, and Bond fanatics obsess over trivial aspects of his life.

The British Times is currently hosting a virtual museum dedicated to Fleming’s life. The three virtual rooms house some surprising and illuminating insights into his character, including this one: “Fleming traveled in a vary particular way: With maximum luxury and minimum culture.” The museum also comes equipped with a characteristically Bond-like, sleeping security guard.

Bennett Gordon