Event: Gala Exhibition Opening Presentation

Talk by Michael L. VanBlaricum

April 12, 2013 • 3:00 PM • Free Admission

Room 66 Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL

Reception to follow in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Room 346)

In January of 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica, Ian Lancaster Fleming, aged forty-three, typed the words: "Scent and smoke and sweat hit the taste buds with an acid thwack at three o'clock in the morning." Casino Royale, the first James Bond novel, was born.

In celebration of this event, and as part of the University-wide series "The Birth of Bond: Ian Fleming's Casino Royale at 60", Ian Fleming Foundation co-founder Mike VanBlaricum will present a talk highlighting some of the backstories of items on display, the evolution of his collection, his involvement with the Foundation, and an overview of the series' exhibitions and events.

Special Thanks to:

Ian Fleming Publications Limited

EON Producations

Ian Fleming Estate

Thomas and Mercer

The Ian Fleming Foundation


The International Spy Museum

The Lilly Library, Indiana University