Following the recent article regarding Ian Fleming’s letters to Major Geoffrey Boothroyd, which will be coming up for auction in November this year. You now have the chance to take a look at some of the letters thanks to Richard Caton of Bloomsbury Auctions.
31st May, 1956
In the first of the series Fleming refers to himself as ‘Bond’s biographer’ and writes Bond as a third-person figure in his life.
22nd June, 1956
Boothroyd had mentioned to Fleming his own personal Smith and Wesson which he had modified to his own specific standards. Something that really caught Fleming’s imagination.
A mint From Russia With Love dust jacket, presented to Geoffrey Boothroyd – possibly as a proof copy. The collection also includes an inscribed version of the novel. “To Geoffrey Boothroyd, Herewith appointed “Armourer” to J. Bond. From Ian Fleming”.
Dr. No is inscribed “To Geoffrey Boothroyd – alias “The Armourer”! from Ian Fleming” as well as being signed by Geoffrey Boothroyd himself.
Once again I must thank Bloomsbury Auctions for this intriguing look into the life of Ian Fleming and James Bond’s Armourer Geoffrey Boothroyd. We will keep you upto date on the auction as and when it takes place.