Ian Lancaster Fleming, popularly known as Ian Fleming, was an English author who is best known for his spy novels on the fictional secret agent, James Bond.
Born on May 28, 1908, Fleming was also a journalist and a naval intelligence officer. He hailed from a rich family that had connections with the merchant bank, Robert Fleming & Co.
Fleming got the inspiration for writing Bond novels after his involvement in Operation Goldeneye during World War II. At the time, he was serving in the Naval Intelligence Division and was overseeing two intelligence units, the 30 Assault Unit and the T-Force.
As the world celebrates the 108th birth anniversary of the legendary author, here are some of his most popular quotes:
"Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."
"Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes', otherwise you'll lead a very dull life."
"I was just on the edge of getting married, and I was frenzied at the prospect of this great step in my life after having been a bachelor for so long. And I really wanted to take my mind off of the agony, and so I decided to sit down and write a book."
"You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face."
"As a result of 50 years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males. Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused not knowing what they were. The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits... the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied."
"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas."
"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."
Source: Brainy Quote