As a Bond fan, you’d have to be living in a cave the past few months to miss the news that this is Ian Fleming’s centenary year.

Ian Fleming was born on May 28, 1908 and would have been 100 years old today. Fleming was many things, both negative and positive. Like most humans, he had flaws, and we could make much of them if we wanted to. But let’s not. Let’s note that we Bond fans would need a different hobby without Ian Fleming, that he created an enduring and remarkable hero, one who is now a part of our culture and our consciousness.

Today is also the release date (no coincidence, just good marketing) of Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks, the first Bond novel in a good long while. This doesn’t continue the post-Bond novel series by Kinglsey Amis, John Gardner, and Raymond Benson; rather, it is a period piece, picking up where Fleming left off in 1966.

Ian Fleming gave his greatest villain his own birthday. Ernst Stavro Blofeld was born on May 28, 1908. In The Bond Code, Philip Gardiner makes much of the relationship between Fleming and his villains; how he used them as alter egos to exorcise his own dark side. And certainly if Blofeld is your dark side, you’ve got some serious exorcism to do!

Gladys Knight, singer of the highly mediocre Bond song Licence to Kill as well as many wonderful pop hits, was born on this day in 1944.

Julie T. Wallace, who played a very funny oil pipeline technician/operative in The Living Daylights, turns 47 today.