I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.

— Ian Fleming

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You can get far in North America with laconic grunts.

"Huh," "hun," and "hi!" in their various modulations, together with "sure," "guess so," "that so?" and "nuts!" will meet almost any contingency.

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As a result of 50 years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males. Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused not knowing what they were. The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits... the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied.

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Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.

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Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it.

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People do connect me with James Bond simply because I happen to like scrambled eggs and short-sleeved shirts and some of the things that James Bond does, but I certainly haven't got his guts nor his very lively appetites.

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Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, 'Casino Royale' dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before I might have despaired.

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You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.

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History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.

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Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.

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Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it.

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A medium Vodka dry Martini - with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.

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He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession.

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About Ian Fleming

Quotes 84 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

I think it's the same with all the relationships between a man and a woman.

They can survive anything so long as some kind of basic humanity exists between the two people. When all kindness has gone, when one person obviously and sincerely doesn't care if the other is alive or dead, then it's just no good. -- from Quantum of Solace

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Today we are fighting Communism. Okay. If I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism and we should have been told to go and fight that. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.

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A dry martini,' he said. 'One. In a deep champagne goblet.' ... Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?

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The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser.

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Against the background of this luminous and sparkling stage Bond stood in the sunshine and felt his mission to be incongruous and remote and his dark profession an affront to his fellow actors.

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It's no good protecting people or even looking after them past a certain point.

One can't grasp more than a piece of anyone. Most of the rest can only be protected by themselves and the remainder by hired specialists and doctors and dentists and professional protectors.

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Smoking I find the most ridiculous of all the varieties of human behavior and practically the only one that is entirely against nature. Can you imagine a cow or any animal taking a mouthful of smoldering straw then breathing in the smoke and blowing it out through its nostrils?

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I am a poet in deeds--not often in words.

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It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst.

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The conventional parabola--sentiment, the touch of the hand, the kiss, the passionate kiss, the feel of the body, the climax in the bed, then more bed, then less bed, then the boredom, the tears and the final bitterness--was to him shameful and hypocritical.

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Diamonds are forever.

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The World Is Not Enough

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At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.

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As for sex, well, I mean sex is a perfectly respectable subject as far as Shakespeare is concerned. I mean, all history is love and violence.

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I'm getting very sorry for the Devil and his disciples such as the good Le Chiffre. The devil has a rotten time and I always like to be on the side of the underdog. We don't give the poor chap a chance...the Devil had no prophets to write his Ten Commandments and no team of authors to write his biography.

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I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.

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There is only one recipe for a best seller and it is a very simple one.

You have to get the reader to turn over the page.

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They want us dead,' said Bond calmly. 'So we have to stay alive.

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Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.

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Englishmen are so odd. They are like a nest of Chinese boxes. It takes a very long time to get to the centre of them. When one gets there the result is unrewarding, but the process is instructive and entertaining.

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Luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared.

Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged, never pandered to or pursued.

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I was just on the edge of getting married, and I was frenzied at the prospect of this great step in my life after having been a bachelor for so long. And I really wanted to take my mind off of the agony, and so I decided to sit down and write a book.

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Our prisons are full of people who think they're Napoleon..or God.

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All women love semi-rape. They love to be taken.It was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that made his act of love so piercingly wonderful.

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My mental hands were empty, and I felt I must do something as a counterirritant or antibody to my hysterical alarm at getting married at the age of 43.

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Luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged, never pandered to or pursued. But he was honest enough to admit that he had never yet been made to suffer by cards or by women. One day, and he accepted the fact he would be brought to his knees by love or by luck.

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These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work.

Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men.

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Le Chiffre was serving a wonderful purpose, a really vital purpose, perhaps the best and highest purpose of all. By his evil existence, which foolishly I have helped to destroy, he was creating a norm of badness by which, and by which alone, an opposite norm of goodness could exist. We were privileged, in our short knowledge of him, to see and estimate his wickedness and we emerge from the acquaintanceship better and more virtuous men.

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I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink.

It comes partly from being a bachelor, but mostly from a habit of taking a lot of trouble over details. It's very persnickety and old-maidish really, but then when I'm working I generally have to eat my meals alone and it makes them more interesting when one takes trouble.

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Before a man's forty, girls cost nothing.

After that you have to pay money, or tell a story. Of the two, it's the story that hurts most. Anyway I'm not forty yet.

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I'm not in the Shakespeare stakes. I have no ambition.

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It was the same with the whole Russian machine.

Fear was the impulse. For them it was always safer to advance than retreat. Advance against the enemy and the bullet might miss you. Retreat, evade, betray and the bullet would never miss.

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He shrugged his shoulders to shift the pain of failure---the pain that is so much greater than the pleasure of success.

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He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex.

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Shaken and not stirred.

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If you interrupt the writing of fast narrative with too much introspection and self-criticism, you will be lucky if you write 500 words a day and you will be disgusted with them into the bargain. By following my formula, you write 2,000 words a day and you aren’t disgusted with them until the book is finished, which will be in about six weeks.

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A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.

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