Tom Fleming

The World Is Not Enough

For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond

By Ben Macintyre

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The exhibition at the Imperial War Museum marking the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth runs until 1 March 2009 and is well worth visiting. If you can’t make it, this book serves as a kind of catalogue to it, with double-spread film stills and a large format providing a touch of coffee-table glamour; yet it’s also an informative, readable volume in its own right, and Ben Macintyre’s text deserves to be read from cover to cover. Macintyre is well qualified to write about Bond and his world: his last book was the bestselling Agent Zigzag, about the fast-living Second World War spy Eddie Chapman. He writes lucidly, insightfully, and with a light touch so crucial to any treatment of James Bond.

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