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Quotes of the Day for 28 May 2003 – Ian Fleming

Fleming, Ian Fleming, was born at London on this day in 1908. He was born to wealth and power, his grandfather was an associate of J.P. Morgan and his father was elected to Parliament in 1910. He was educated at Eton, then Sandhurst, Munich, and Geneva Universities. He spent most of his life as a stockbroker, his first exposure to espionage was as a journalist, his actual intelligence service was behind a desk as personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence (the model for M) during WW II. He left the service intent on writing "the spy story to end all spy stories" - he wrote Casino Royale in three months at his Jamaica vacation home. There were a total of fourteen Bond novels (twenty movies, the franchise was simply too valuable to stop filming when all of Fleming's text had been used) and, incongruously, the children's novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

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The quotes:

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

Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.
     - Goldfinger, 1959

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

A medium Vodka dry Martini - with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.
     - Dr No, 1958

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.

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
     - All from Ian Fleming, 1908 - 1964

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