Bird book whose author provided the name for one of thriller fiction's most famous characters.

NEXT Thursday April 13, 2023, marks the 70th anniversary of a momentous day in the life of a birdwatcher who lived in the West Indies.

It saw the publication of his first novel which opens with the sentence: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning."

Its title was Casino Royale, and its author was Ian Fleming who famously named his hero, 007, after James Bond (1900-1989), writer of the text for one of his favourite books, Birds of The West Indies.

Fleming, an Old Etonian, did not enjoy a long life - he died, aged 56, in 1964.

He once claimed to have daily smoked 70 cigarettes and drunk a bottle of gin.

In his notebook, he wrote: "Live until you’re dead."

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    in Die another Day Pierce Brosnan picks up James Bonds Birds of the West Indies ( a re-printed version with new cover released a few months before )


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