Ian Fleming is the author of James Bond novels.
Notable connections Edit
Close connections to the Milner/Rhodes roundtable groups
His grandfather was Scottish financier Robert Fleming (1845-1933), who was friends with Jacob Schiff, an employee of Kuhn, Loeb & Company. It is also possible he knew Sir Ernest Cassel, through his friendship with Jacob Schiff.
Fleming was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. Had connections with diplomatic service, but went into journalism in 1929 by joining Reuters news agency.
Was plucked from obscurity in the army to be appointed assistant to the Admiral in charge of British Naval Intelligence during WW2, probably due to his grandfathers connections.
The North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) was a large newspaper syndicate that flourished between 1922 and 1980. By the early 1950’s the syndicate was being overshadowed by more powered news syndicates, and it was purchased by a small group of investors led by Ernest Cuneo, formerly associated with British Security Coordination and the OSS, and Ivar Bryce. They gave the job of European Vice President to the writer and their mutual friend Ian Fleming. Because of Cuneo's association with former members of American and British intelligence, including Fleming and Bryce, and because some writers in the Cuneo era had alleged links to the CIA, critics have suggested that NANA under his tenure was a front for espionage
His father was Valentine Fleming, descended from William the Conquerer. When he died in World War One, Winston Churchill wrote his obituary