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Wednesday 5th June 2024

6:30pm - 8pm

Stansted Park, PO9 6DX

With unprecedented access to the Fleming family papers, award -winning author Nicholas Shakespeare has provided a fresh portrait of the man behind James Bond, and his enduring impact in his new biography 'Ian Fleming - The Complete Man'

Ian Fleming's greatest creation, James Bond, has had an enormous and ongoing impact on our culture. What Bond represents about ideas of masculinity, the British national psyche and global politics has shifted over time, as has the interpretation of the life of his author. But Fleming himself was more mysterious and subtle than anything he wrote.

Ian's childhood with his gifted brother Peter and his extraordinary mother set the pattern for his ambition to be 'the complete man', and he would strive for the means to achieve this 'completeness' all his life. Only a thriller writer for his last twelve years, his dramatic personal life and impressive career in Naval Intelligence put him at the heart of critical moments in world history, while also providing rich inspiration for his fiction.

Nicholas Shakespeare is one of the most gifted biographers working today. His talent for uncovering new material that casts fresh light on his subjects is fully evident in this masterful, definitive biography.

Come and join us at Stansted House for this evening talk which will include light refreshments. 

Access Requirements 

Wheelchair friendly and step-free access around the House is available. Please note however that the lift may not be able to accommodate some motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters. 

Please contact us on or by calling 02392 412 265 (opt 5) to discuss accessibility for this event further.


Special Discount for Friends of Stansted Park 

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