Fleming is best known for creating the fictional British spy James Bond
and for a series of twelve novels and nine short stories about the character, one of the biggest-selling series of fictional books of all-time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide.
Against the background of this luminous and sparkling stage Bond stood in the sunshine and felt his mission to be incongruous and remote and his dark profession an affront to his fellow actors.
"A Dry Martini". Bond said. "In a deep champagne goblet. Three measures of Gordons, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice cold. Got it?"
"Surround yourself with Human Beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles." He laughed. "But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose a wonderful machine."
It was the same with the whole Russian machine. Fear was the impulse. For them it was always safer to advance than retreat. Advance against the enemy and the bullet might miss you. Retreat, evade, betray and the bullet would never miss.
He sat down next door in the seat she had left and watched the grim suburbs of Philadelphia showing their sores, like beggars, to the rich train.
A medium Vodka dry Martini — with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.
You are right, Mr. Bond. That is just what I am, a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania that drives them towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders — all maniacs.
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action.
You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.