Ian Fleming – the Reuters journalist who ‘gave us all a run for our money’

Skyfall, this year’s addition to the James Bond movie franchise, marks half a century since the release of ‘Dr No’, the first feature film to feature British Secret Agent 007.

Ian Fleming was the man behind Bond.  Born in 1908, he died in 1964 at the age of 56.

From 1945 to 1959, he worked as Foreign Manager for Kemsley (later Thomson) newspapers. But early in the 30s, when still a young man, he was a Reuters journalist.

Fleming never forgot his time with Reuters. He frequently recalled those years in interviews, describing the British newsagency as “a very good mill”.  “The training there gives you a good, straightforward style” he said.

In February 1988, retired Reuters journalist, Basil Chapman, wrote an excellent account of Fleming’s time with the company for its then house-magazine ‘Reuters World’.

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