Great Britain: Rolls House Publishing, January 1965. 24.5x17.8cm: 96pp. Printed two-tone red wrappers with an image of two fists to front. Wrappers rubbed with minor creasing. Pen marking to top left corner of front wrapper. Small tears to rear wrapper. Pages clean. Very Good.
This issue includes William Plomer’s tribute to his friend Ian Fleming, who passed the previous year. Plomer and Fleming were longtime friends, despite their very different lifestyles. Plomer claimed that he was one of the first people Fleming showed his books to before being published, always offering feedback and engaging with Fleming in robust conversations. Regarding Fleming’s success, Plomer writes ‘In the popular imagination Fleming is confused with or thought to have been identical with James Bond. There may be something Flemingish about Bond, but I didn’t see much of Bond in Fleming, who was more perturbable. Let us admit, as Fleming himself did, that Bond and his adventures are something of an adolescent fantasy. Is there anything wrong in that? Not at the box office. At the time of his death, some 20 million copies of his books had been sold and they had been translated by then into eighteen languages. The films have already captured vast audiences.’.