Interviews with Ian Fleming
This thread is devoted to reproducing every known interview with Ian Fleming. The interviews will be posted weekly and in chronological order. If you think I've missed any let me know. This post will serve as a regularly updated index of links for easy access.
Though Fleming was eager for Bond's name to appear in as many places as possible, he was more shy about promoting himself. During a decade-long writing career he gave approximately 25 interviews in print. He gave far fewer in radio or TV and most of them no longer survive.
If you've ever been interested enough in someone to read through collections of their interviews then you know that people tend to repeat favorite stories. So if you read every post in this thread you'll repeatedly encounter Fleming's anecdotes about dinner at Scott's and meeting JFK. Nevertheless, I think every interview holds something of interest.
If you enjoy this thread, check out (if you haven't already) my threads on Fleming's non-Bond writing: "Ian Fleming on Crime and Spy Fiction (and non-fiction!)" and "The Adventure Journalism of Ian Fleming."
01. "Behind Bond" (Lilliput, Oct. 1958
02. "Men Looking at Women. No. 1: Ian Fleming" (Evening Standard, April 4, 1960)
03. "James Bond and Me" (Books and Bookmen, May 1960)
04. "Mr. Fleming Escapes from Belgravia—Thanks to James Bond" (Evening Standard, Oct. 7, 1960)
05. "Personality: Ian Fleming: A tour with the creator of James Bond" (Rogue: Designed for Men, Feb. 1961)
06. "James Bond runs a cool eye over the man he owes most to" (Daily Express, March 15, 1961)
07. "Writers in the Tense Present" (Queen, August 1961)