News-Antique.com - Apr 15,2009 - Santa Fe, April 15, 2009-- "You Only Live Twice" is a classic James Bond novel complete with exotic backdrops and plenty of booze, broads and death. In 1967, the book was adapted into a film starring Sean Connery. Other than the Japanese setting and a few characters the book and movie are very different.
When Ian Fleming was close to finishing "You Only Live Twice" he sent friend Richard Hughes a postcard from Jamaica.
“I’m grinding away at Bond’s latest but the going gets harder and harder and duller and duller and I don’t know what I’m going to do with him. He’s become a personal –if not public—nuisance. Anyway, he’s had a good run, which is more than most of us can say.”
Fleming was dying at the time and his remarks are foretelling about his own life.
On Dec. 11, Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, Calif., featured a selection of Ian Fleming items in its Hollywood Auction. Today, there is an active market for collecting Fleming’s first edition books in their dust jackets.
An original second draft, hand written manuscript on yellow legal paper of "You Only Live Twice", signed by screenwriter Ronald Dahl sold in the sale for $94,400.
The manuscript contains extensive handwritten corrections. Original Dahl material relating to his Bond screenplay is scarce. For additional Fleming prices visit LiveAuctionTalk.com.
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