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Today Is Ian Fleming's Birthday!

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Ian Fleming, who wrote the first 12 007 novels and two 007 short-story collections, was born on May 28, 1908.

He wrote his first 007 novel and "lifted" ( his word) the name of Philadelphia ornithologist James Bond for his secret agent in early 1952.

The two men for the first and only time at Goldeneye in Jamaica in February 1964.

Above is the only known photo of the two men, taken by Mary Wickham Bond, James Bond's wife.  Photo courtesy of the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia.

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