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SPIES! The World’s Most Famous Spy: Ian Fleming and James Bond ~ AUG 30

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Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, had a colorful and distinguished career as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during WWII, and he drew directly on that experience in creating his Bond novelsPresented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, August 30, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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We remember Ian Fleming (1908-1964) as the author of the James Bond novels, the basis for the most successful and longest running franchise in the history of the cinema.  But the real Ian Fleming had a colorful and distinguished career as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during WWII, and he drew directly on that experience in creating the Bond novels. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, August 30, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.