Jonathan Hopson

Title: Librarian
Department: Word & Image

I work in the National Art Library with particular responsibility for Special Collections. My favourite Bond novel is "Moonraker" and my favourite Bond film is "Goldfinger". I prefer my martinis stirred, not shaken, to avoid bruising the gin.

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Ian Fleming : Bibliophile

Photograph of Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming died fifty years ago on 12 August 1964, succumbing at the age of 56 to what he termed the ‘Iron Crab’ of heart disease, after a life spent with the same intensity as his enduring hero James Bond. The character shares most of his creator’s enthusiasms – cocktails, casinos, the Caribbean, scrambled eggs, […]

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