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Uh-oh... Ian Fleming, the creator of Agent 007, James Bond, didn't mince any words or play any favorites in his travel writing. Fleming's essays appeared in the Sunday Times, although he had the means to fund his own travels without press trips.

Considering James Bond’s exotic backdrops, it shouldn’t be a surprise that spy novels were not Ian Fleming’s only outlet for describing some of the world’s postcard-worthy places. Fleming, is turns out, was also a travel writer.

The recent editions of Ian Fleming’s “Thrilling Cities” include an introduction by famed travel author Jan Morris, who wrote that the essays display a kind of literary defiance: “They are a very unorthodox kind of travel writing; Fleming was rich, he was fashionably connected, he was famously successful, he was a man of cultivated and urbane tastes and he didn’t give a damn.”

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