On the centenary of his birth, and on the eve of the release of the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, former Bond girl Joanna Lumley investigates the life of Ian Fleming. Her journey takes her from London to Jamaica, and sees her surrounded by 24 million pounds' worth of diamonds, as she discovers how Fleming poured his personal experiences of war-time espionage, love, luxury and death into his most alluring literary creation.
Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, and spy, the creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complex and interesting than his iconic fictional character, Agent 007. Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for his Bond novels. Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including ''Golden Eye,'' which is uncovered here for the first time. He was also fundamental in shaping the prototype CIA.
Stunning, spectacular and eye-catching cars are as much a part of the James Bond legend as Vodka Martinis and the Walther PPK. Since the iconic secret agent hit the silver screen in 1962, and indeed since Ian Fleming's earliest Bond novels, these marvellous machines have been as much stars of the 007 franchise as the actors who have played the role. This fascinating programme pays homage to the incredible vehicles which have wowed Bond fans for generations, from the 4½ litre Bentley Blower of Fleming's books to the awesome 510bhp Aston Martin DBS V12 driven by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.