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Fleming, Ian (1908-1964)

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2300
Lot:
113
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$15,275$13,000

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 2300
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
October 30, 2005 11:00AM

Description:

Fleming, Ian (1908-1964), Signed letter, July 6th, 1956, one page, to Richard Osborne, concerning his review of "Live and Let Die" and discussing his writing and upcoming James Bond novel, "From Russia with Love," framed.Text in full: "I have just seen your very kindly review of "Live and Let Die in the "World Books Broadsheet". / You have always understood that my object in writing these books is to entertain, and you are one of the few reviewers who seem to understand this lowly objective and you never tell me that I ought to be writing like somebody else, which is what depresses me about some critics. / I remember that, in a previous review, you wrote that you would like to hear more about Smersh. The message go through and you may be interested to know that the next volume in the collected works, provisionally entitled "From Russia, with Love", deals with an attempt by Smersh to destroy Bond. In fact, the first half of the book takes the reader entirely into the Smersh camp. / I don't know how the book will do and many will certainly find the inner workings of Smersh rather slow-going, but at any rate I feel that I have made an attempt to pay off a debt of gratitude to one of James Bond's most kindly sustainers! Yours Sincerely, Ian Fleming".
Estimate $8,000-10,000

Keywords

James Bond, Ian Fleming, Richard Osborne, Fleming, Smersh camp, British films, Fictional secret agents and spies

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