Program Details

The Man Who Created James Bond: Ian Fleming As Spy, Lover, and Writer

Oliver Buckton
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Course Description

The character of James Bond, 007, is a globally recognized icon in popular culture and one of the best-known characters in fiction. Yet the man who created James Bond, Ian Fleming, is less well known than his character. Ian Fleming's life is a fascinating and flamboyant one. Fleming's work as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during World War II was a key influence on the Allied victories against Nazi Germany. His close friend, William Plomer, described Fleming as a "war winner." Based on Buckton's acclaimed new biography on Ian Fleming, "The World is Not Enough," this lecture will offer an in-depth adventure into the thrilling life, loves, and work of one of the most intriguing novelists of the twentieth century.

About the Instructor

  • Oliver Buckton, Ph.D., is a professor of English at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Buckton teaches courses on literature and film, nineteenth and twentieth century British literature and culture, spy fiction and film, and literary theory. He is the author of The World is Not Enough: A Biography of Ian Fleming (2021), The Many Facets of Diamonds Are Forever: James Bond on Page and Screen (2019) and "Espionage in British Fiction and Film Since 1900: The Changing Enemy," (2015). Buckton is a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Málaga, Spain, and he has won the University Scholar of the Year award twice at FAU.

    Lifelong Learning Society Professor in Arts and Humanities, 2015 -16