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The names Bond James Bond Ian Flemings personal experiences helped him achieve accuracy in technical information and ideas that he would later demonstrate in his writing Ian Fleming led a fast paced risky life He was born in 1908 to wealthy parents Valentine Fleming and Evelyn St Croix Rose Fleming Valentine Fleming was a landowner and a member of Parliament Valentine died in the Great War when Ian was only nine Ian enrolled in Eton University in England but was dismissed following an incident with a girl a situation that would arise repeatedly throughout his life and show up later in his writing through the Bond girls Fleming then moved on to the Sandhurst Military Academy He looked down on traditional military careers and never became an officer He believed they were all too confining Fleming officially left after he was caught violating curfew Flemings independence and desire to build his own identity clashed sharply with military conduct After leaving the military academy Fleming continued his schooling at Kitzbuhel in Austria It was here that Ian gained his reputation for being handsome cultured and confident with the ladies Fleming experimented with writing poetry and short stories but had no intention of becoming a serious writer Over the next few years he tried journalism and banking both without success Ian began to invite coworkers to lavish dinner parties at his rented apartment High-stake bridge games elaborate feasts and empty romances eventually became his pasttimes This was the time in his life when gambling drinking and women would eventually influence his novels In May 1939 on the eve of World War II Ian enlisted in the Royal Navy and became part of Naval Intelligence He was quickly promoted and in short time found himself working with one of Britains greatest spys Admiral John Godfrey Throughout the war Ian carried out and led dozens of and dangerous missions Flemings supervisors recognized his talent for conceiving strategies that
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