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Ian Fleming was an English journalist and author from the 1930s to 1964. He is best known for the James Bond 007 series of spy novels which have been turned into a long-running series of films. Starting in 1953 with Casino Royale, Fleming produced 14 Bond books and 9 short stories. His experience as a naval intelligence officer in World War II and his career as a journalist helped to provide detail and depth to the novels. The 007 stories rank among the best-selling series of fictional books of all time and have sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In 2008, The Times ranked Ian Fleming 14th on its list of "The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945". He passed away in 1964 at the age of 56.
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