In January of 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica, Ian Lancaster Fleming, aged forty-three, typed the words: "Scent and smoke and sweat hit the taste buds with an acid thwack at three o'clock in the morning." Casino Royale, the first James Bond novel, was born.
In celebration of this event, and as part of the University-wide series "The Birth of Bond: Ian Fleming's Casino Royale at 60", Ian Fleming Foundation co-founder Mike VanBlaricum will present a talk highlighting some of the backstories of items on display, the evolution of his collection, his involvement with the Foundation, and an overview of the series' exhibitions and events.
Reception to follow in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (346 Main Library).
Visit http://go.illinois.edu/CasinoRoyale60 for more information about this presentation and other events celebrating "The Birth of Bond: Casino Royale at 60."