Guernsey Post celebrates Ian Fleming's life on stamps

For immediate release – 10 July 2014                     

The Life of British author and James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, has been celebrated in a set of stamps to be released by Guernsey Post, 50 years following his death on August 12, 1964.

Guernsey Post’s 41 pence and 54 pence stamps focus on Fleming’s role as a Commander of Naval Intelligence during World War II, having been recruited as personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the outset of the war.

Fleming’s time at his Jamaican home, Goldeneye, where he wrote all of the James Bond novels, is the focus of the 55 pence stamp.  The first, Casino Royale, was written in 1952 - the same year that his only son, Caspar, was born, as depicted in the 66 pence stamp.

The 74 and 83 pence stamps reflect Fleming’s role as a successful journalist and writer – both at home in London and as a journalist abroad.  Following the war he became foreign manager of Kemsley newspapers and travelled to many countries, where he gained inspiration for the far flung locations featured in the James Bond novels.

Complementing the stamps is a miniature sheet (£3.00 stamp) depicting Ian Fleming behind the wheel of a Blower Bentley, which was taken by veteran Life Magazine photographer, Loomis Dean.  Fleming’s love of cars is well documented; in the early novels he gave James Bond a Bentley 4 1/2 litre convertible, but later it was replaced by an Aston Martin.

Dawn Gallienne, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said: "Our commemorative stamps, marking great moments, famous anniversaries and important cultural themes, are always hugely popular.  I am delighted that we have been able to celebrate the life of Ian Fleming in this year’s stamp programme, as his legacy and influence continues today.”

The stamps, which are to be issued on 30 July, are available to pre-order now visiting or by calling philatelic customer services on (01481) 716486.

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Press enquiries to:

Sarah Amies, pr consultant, 01484 687040/07811 133973

Dawn Gallienne, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, 01481 733524


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Date of issue: 30 July 2014
Designer: Two Degrees North
Printer: BDT International
Values: 41p, 54p, 55p, 66p, 74p, 83p, £3
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp sizes: 36mm deep x 36mm wide
M/sheet size: 94mm deep x 118mm wide
M/sheet stamp: 42.58mm deep x 42.58mm wide
Paper: 100gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
Perforation: Stamps 13.5, Sheet 14
Sheet: 10
Cylinder: A