The Castle of Death is a Japanese poisoned garden on a rocky island in desolate waters, curated by a criminal mastermind. The task: James Bond needs to infiltrate and destroy the castle in exchange for top-secret intelligence, and to save his job.
Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London in 1908. His first job was at Reuters news agency after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker before joining the Foreign Office, working in Naval Intelligence during the war. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write thirteen other Bond books as well as two works of non-fiction and the children's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Bond books have sold over sixty million copies and earned praise from figures such as Raymond Chandler who called Fleming 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England' and President Kennedy who named From Russia with Love as one of his favourite books. He was married to Ann O'Neill with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died in 1964.