For Bond Lovers Only, UK First Edition paperback, 1965
This is a collection of essays about Ian Fleming and his world-famous spy character, James Bond, edited by Sheldon Lane. Produced at a time when the Bond films by Cubby Broccoli were at their peak, this is a varied excursion into the world of Fleming and his most famous creation, with perspectives from writers like Deighton as well as journalist, spies and film makers.
The contribution from Deighton is a record of his first and only meeting with Ian Fleming in Soho, where the two writers - the established spy master and the younger protegé - discussed their respective worlds for the first time. Also of interest are a dialogue between Fleming and author George Simenon and an interview with Fleming's 'armourer' Geoffrey Boothroyd, who advised him on all aspects of Bond's weaponry in particular tell him to adopt the Walther PPK as more appropriate for Bond's character.
Why it's enjoyable
The world of Bond is endlessly fascinating, and of course was contemporary with the world of 'the unnamed spy' which Deighton had released onto the world back in 1962. The record of the meeting between Deighton and Fleming is notable for its drawing out of the evident differences in character and outlook between the Eton-educated ex-intelligence officer and the poorhouse-boy-made-good who drives a cheap Volkswagen Beetle.
From the report of Deighton's only meeting with Ian Fleming:
'"You were in intelligence yourself, weren't you?" Mr Fleming put the question across like an angry schoolmaster who has caught one of his schoolchildren dozing.
"Yes, air intelligence," admitted Deighton.
"I guessed as much," said Mr Fleming, a look of satisfaction seeping over his face like a blush. "You get pretty near the knuckle in some parts, I must say. Anyway, I realized you knew what you were talking about. - as indeed I do."'
The book has over 30 black and white images of all the different Bond girls from the first picture up to 1968, and photographs of all of Bond's guns.