Ian Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) the English author, navel intelligence officer and journalist is best known for his series of 007 James Bond novels. His experiences during the Second World War proved useful in the development of the spy novels. Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale was released in 1952 and was an instant success demanding 3 print runs. 11 further Bond novels and two short-story collections followed between 1953 and 1966. In addition, he wrote a children’s story for his son, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang plus a few non fiction books. Fleming died at a relatively early age of 56 and 2 of his James Bond books were published posthumously. Fleming’s novels are some of the highest and sought after books, Casino Royale being one of the most valuable modern first editions around.