Who did Ian Fleming base James Bond on? There have been lots of candidates and suggestions over the years. Was Merlin Minshall an influence? Check out the JBIFC's article 'Merlin Minshall: The Original 007?', at: www.007info
Role models for 007?
Posted 09 February 2015 - 02:32 PM
Minshall says so (Guilt-Edged) - but then, so do many others.
I read a book once called 'The Real 007' about a commando named Thomas Langridge, who apparently went on missions with Cmdr Fleming. I'm never heard a word about this character since, so I suspect the story was pure fiction (especially the scene where he helps Fleming come up with the name for his character).
Posted 09 February 2015 - 03:18 PM
Fleming put a lot of himself into the character, from his indulgences to his military intelligence know-how. James Bond was in a way a romanticised version of himself - we've all dreamed that we could go on these wonderful adventures, Fleming just went one step further and made money from his dreams.
Posted 16 February 2015 - 11:57 PM
I agree with JCRendle. Bond was largely based on Ian Fleming, at least when it came to the personal details. Others from real life may have been thrown into the mix - for example, the Yugoslav double agent Dusko Popov, or Sir Fitzroy Maclean, another agent with connections to Yugoslavia as was. But when you read about Fleming and then read about Bond in the novels, the main influence, imho, was Ian Fleming himself.
Posted 17 February 2015 - 10:17 AM
(how he comes to have a .com site over 70 years after his death is anybody's guess I suppose...)