Here’s a terrific little article in the National Post about Ian Fleming and James Bond. It looks at the biographical data on Fleming, and speculates as to who Bond really was, what inspired him, and so on.

The pantheon of classic fictional heroes is small. Few creations — even those, like Harry Potter, who emerge as sensations in the short-term — can hope to join Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes and Superman among the ranks of all-time greats.

Possibly the last figure to qualify for certain was the spy with the license to kill, James Bond. His creator, Ian Fleming, was born a hundred years ago today — May 28, 1908 — yet it is still not certain how Fleming managed to create so enduring a character.

Read the whole thing.