"A thrilling look into the intertwined worlds of James Bond and his creator, Ian Fleming.
"One morning in February 1952, in a holiday hideaway on the island of Jamaica, Ian Fleming, a middle-aged British journalist, sat down at his desk and set about creating a fictional secret agent, a character that would go on to become one of the most successful, enduring and lucrative creations in literature.
"Fleming experienced firsthand almost every aspect of the Bond legend: harsh boarding-school upbringing; an estranged father; engagement with a lifetime's cast of extraordinary characters; and an obsession with plots and gadgets. Working in naval intelligence during the Second World War and afterward as a journalist, he witnessed the scheming and machinations of nations in conflict and gained insight into the Cold War, that famous background to all Bond books. As the Bond character - and his franchise - have evolved into a cultural touchstone, fans have speculated about he genesis of the Bond mythology, guessing, with each new Bond incarnation, about the similarities between their hero and his creator.
"In 'For Your Eyes Only', acclaimed journalist and author Ben Macintyre reveals, once and for all, where the world of Ian Fleming ends and the world of James Bond begins. Macintyre looks at the real people - friends, colleagues, lovers, and rivals - on whom Fleming based his celebrated characters, such as Miss Moneypenny, Felix Leiter, and even supervillain Iain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Exploring the tradition of spy fiction past and present, with specific emphasis on the Cold War, Macintyre explains how the legend of Bond grew out of both the realities and fantasies of Fleming's life as a wartime spymaster and peacetime bon vivant."