'Yes and No'. A critical essay on the morality of Ian Fleming's novels, contained within 'Now & Then' magazine, Number 102, Autumn 1958.

Jonathan Cape, 30 Bedford Square, London. [1958]. pp.24. Price sixpence.. Magazine format, illustrated. Fine. Publisher Jonathan Cape's literary magazine for the publishing industry, booksellers and the public alike. Contains an editorial piece to p.6-7 on the controversy surrounding Fleming's Bond novels, recently heightened by some scornful articles concerning the ethical and moral aspects of the books, particularly Dr.No; namely 'The Case of Mr.Fleming' by Bernard Bergonzi (Twentieth Century magazine) and 'Sex, Snobbery and Sadism' by Paul Johnson (New Statesman). An interesting, contemporary critique on the phenomenon of James Bond. This issue also contains a pre-publication extract form Fitzroy Maclean's 'A Person From England'; Maclean attended Eton at the same time as Ian and Peter Fleming, and first worked with Ian Fleming in Moscow, 1939. He had an Anglo-Scottish background (like Fleming and Bond), and was at various times a diplomat, traveller, clan chieftain and outstanding public servant. His is best remembered as a war hero; a man of action who carried out covert operations behind the lines in North Africa as part of the newly formed SAS, and later palyed a pivotal role liasing with Tito's partisans in Yogoslavia. Given his career and background, [Sir] Fitzroy Maclean is often put forward (along with a few other creditable candidates), as the real-life model for James Bond. Item #47149

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