Ian Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) is a British journalist and author who wrote the James Bond series of novels. It was his activities in World War II that lead to the creation of Bond with the publication of "Casino Royale" in 1952, which he wrote at Goldeneye, his post-war home in Jamaica. A heavy smoker and drinker, and a ladies' man, Fleming died of heart disease at the age of 56.
During World War II, Fleming was recruited to the Royal Navy, where he served in the Naval Intelligence Service from 1939 to 1945, despite having no particular qualifications for the position. He was assigned to the Admiralty in London, where he reached the rank of commander, and served as the assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence; his principal responsibility was to serve as a liaison between the Director and a number of other intelligence agencies, including the Secret Intelligence Service (aka MI-6), as well as the Prime Minister's staff.
As the war progressed, Fleming was responsible for memos that contributed to a series of successful intelligence operations. As a result, Fleming was put in charge of Operation Goldeneye, which constructed an intelligence network in Spain in anticipation of a Nazi takeover. Although Fleming never fought in the field, he was responsible for the formation of two units: 30 Assault Unit and T-Force, both of which were responsible for front line operations to seize and secure enemy documents.
Fleming in the Timeless Universe
In December 1944, Fleming was undercover near Castle Varlar posing as a German SS officer. It was during assignment that he met, Lucy Preston, Wyatt Logan, and their pilot Rufus Carlin posing as U.S. Office of Strategic Services agents. There, they informed him that Garcia Flynn was delivering a prototype atomic bomb. (“Party at Castle Varlar”)
Following his death, the film version of a new Fleming novel, "Weapon of Choice" was released in 1964, starring Sean Connery. It retold the story of Fleming's mission at Castle Varlar. (“Party at Castle Varlar”)
Notes & References
Ian Fleming at Wikipedia