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By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

Bond didn't defend the practice. He simply maintained that the more effort and ingenuity you put into gambling, the more you took out.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

I have discussed this with him and he points out that the Rolex Oyster Perpetual weighs about six ounces and would appreciably slow up the use of his left hand in combat. His practice, in fact, is to use fairly cheap, expendable wrist watches on expanding metal bracelets which can be slipped forward over the thumb and used in the form of a knuckle-duster, either on the outside or the inside of the hand.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

If you fail at the large things it means you have not large ambitions. Concentration, focus - that is all. The aptitudes come, the tools forge themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

Diamonds are forever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

Each dark conjecture came and for a moment settled like a vulture on Bond's shoulder and croaked into his ear that he had been a blind fool.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

And then one day when you're playing your little game you'll suddenly find yourself pinned down like a butterfly.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ian Fleming

There was no sign of life round the domed emplacement of the Moonraker, and the concrete, already beginning to shimmer in the early morning sun, stretched emptily away towards Deal. It looked like a newly laid aerodome or rather, he thought, with its three disparate concrete 'things', the beehive dome,the flat-iron blast-wall, and the distant cube of the firing point, each casting black pools of shadow towards him in the early sun, like a Dali desert landscape in which three objets trouves reposed at carefully calculated random.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

For her, sex was nothing more than an itch. And this phsychological and physiological neutrality of hers at once relieved her of so many human emotions and sentiments and desires. Sexual neutrality was the essence of coldness in an individual. It was a great and wonderful thing to be born with.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

I don't regard James Bond precisely as a hero, but at least he does get on and do his duty, in an extremely corny way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

Above all, he liked it that everything was one's own fault. There was only oneself to praise or blame. Luck was a servant and not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of up to the hilt. But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not confused with a faulty appreciation of the odds, for, at gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. And luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father. But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease. Perhaps they will put on my tombstone. 'This Man Died from Living Too Much'.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ian Fleming

You start to die the moment you are born. The whole of life is cutting through the pack with death. So take it easy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ian Fleming

The first thing he noticed was that Las Vegas seemed to have invented a new school of functional architecture, 'The Gilded Mousetrap School' he thought it might be called, whose main purpose was to channel the customer-mouse into the central gambling trap whether he wanted the cheese or not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ian Fleming

There might be cheats or possible cheats amongst them, men who beat their wives, men with perverse instincts, greedy men, cowardly men, lying men; but the elegance of the room invested each one with a kind of aristocracy.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ian Fleming

When the odds are hopeless, when all seems to be lost, then is the time to be calm, to make a show of authority – at least of indifference

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

One of the bibles of my youth was 'Birds of the West Indies,' by James Bond, a well-known ornithologist, and when I was casting about for a name for my protagonist I thought, 'My God, that's the dullest name I've ever heard,' so I appropriated it. Now the dullest name in the world has become an exciting one.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ian Fleming

Painters, writers, musicians are lonely people. So are statesmen and admirals and generals. But then, I added to be fair, so are criminals and lunatics. Let's just say, not to be too flattering, that true individuals are lonely. -- Vivienne Michel

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

I've found that one must try and teach people that there's no top limit to disaster-that, so long as breath remains in your body, you've got accept the miseries of life. They will often seem infinite, insupportable. They are part of the human condition.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

In the centre of Bond was a hurricane-room, the kind of citadel found in old-fashioned houses in the tropics. These rooms are small, strongly built cells in the heart of the house, in the middle of the ground floor and sometimes dug down into its foundations. To this cell the owner and his family retire if the storm threatens to destroy the house, and they stay there until the danger is past. Bond went to his hurricane room only when the situation was beyond his control and no other possible action could be taken. Now he retired to this citadel, closed his mind to the hell of noise and violent movement, and focused on a single stitch in the back of the seat in front of him, waiting with slackened nerves for whatever fate had decided for B. E. A. Flight No. 130.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

He had seen how the spirit, the reserves in [Bond], could pull him out of badly damaged conditions that would have broken the normal human being. He knew how a desperate situation would bring out those reserves again, how the will to live would spring up again in a real emergency. He remembered how countless neurotic patients had disappeared for ever from his consulting rooms when the last war had broken out. The big worry had driven out the smaller ones, the greater fear the lesser. He made up his mind. He turned back to M. "Give him one more chance.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ian Fleming

My dear boy', Le Chiffre spoke like a father, 'the game of Red Indians is over, quite over. You have stumbled by mischance into a game for grown-ups and you have already found it a painful experience. You are not equipped, my dear boy, to play games with adults and it very foolish of your nanny in London to have sent you out here with your spade and bucket. Very foolish indeed and most unfortunate for you.' 'But we must stop joking, my dear fellow, although I am sure you would like to follow me in developing this amusing little cautionary tale.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ian Fleming

You are about to awake when you dream that you are dreaming.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

It is not just a question of blowing up a building or shooting a prime minister. Such bourgeois horseplay is not contemplated. Our operation must be delicate, refined and aimed at the heart of the Intelligence apparat of the West.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Fleming

Unfortunately most ways of making big money take a long time. By the time one has made the money one is too old to enjoy it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ian Fleming

Bond looked at the beautiful day and smiled. And no man, not even Mr. Big, would have liked the expression on his face.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ian Fleming

Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ian Fleming

They had a table near the rail round the huge floor. Bond was spellbound. He found many of the girls very beautiful. The music hammered its way into his pulse until he almost forgot what he was there for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ian Fleming

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ian Fleming

In his mind he fingered the necklace of the days to come.