What to Read Next

Rare James Bond manuscript with notes from Ian Fleming to fetch £80k at auction

ANI
1 December 2012

London, Dec 1 (ANI): A rare manuscript of a James Bond novel featuring Ian Fleming's handwritten corrections is expected to fetch as much as 80,000 pounds at an auction.

The 'Diamonds Are Forever' script features Fleming's alterations on almost every page and was prepared by his secretary Ulrica Knowles, a real-life Miss Moneypenny, the Telegraph reported.

A first edition of Fleming's completed novel, with a note from the author to Knowles, is also going under the hammer alongside the manuscript.

The original text includes name changes for some of the key characters in the plot, which tells the story of a diamond smuggling scheme involving American gangsters.

The villain Dolly Kidd was originally called Boofy Gore, after Arthur 'Boofy' Gore, who in reality was a close friend of the famed author.

Fleming made the change at the last minute after Gore, rejected the cheeky attempt to use his name for the homosexual henchman of ruthless gang The Spangled Mob.

Another notable alteration made by Fleming was changing the chapter 17 title from "Bond forces the race" to "Thanks for the ride".

Fleming also felt that more drama was needed for the novel's horse auction scene.

In his own hand and on the side of the page, he wrote: "A pause, a bang of a hammer, a look of sincere reproach towards the ringside seats where the big money sat," to heighten the tension.

The 57-year-old manuscript - the fourth Bond novel - includes sweeping changes and deletions of whole passages of the text as well as alterations of single words.

It was typed up by Fleming at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica in early 1955 before the editing process began.

Knowles would then help out with typing and re-typing as Fleming crafted his work into the famous series of best-selling spy novels.

Knowles' value to the author can be seen in Fleming's note in the first edition 'Diamonds are Forever' book he presented to her. The note reads: "To Rica, Who wrote it. From Ian Fleming."

The first edition, complete with Fleming's note to Knowles, is expected to fetch 9,000 pounds at auction. The 265 page manuscript is expected to fetch 80,000 pounds.

The two items go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London next month. (ANI)

Military Mortgage Rates In 2016

Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Heartburn Symptoms

Common Symptoms of Heartburn Include Burping and Bloating. Learn More About the Common and Uncommon Heartburn Symptoms You Might Be Experiencing.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Do NOT pay your insurance until you try this.

If you drive less than 55 miles/day OR have no DUI's you can get auto insurance for as low as $29/ Month! See if you qualify.

Navy Seal Flashlight Should Be Banned From Public?

The Military has secretly released a flashlight that is now available to the public for a limited time only. Grab one now before they are gone!

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

$200 Tactical Flashlight Surplus Dumped

Highly anticipated LumiTact G700 Tactical Flashlight Overrun - Now available to civilian population

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Already Have Your Bachelor's Degree?

Learn more about earning your master's or doctoral degree from Walden University. Study online and further your career. Request free information!

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

What's Behind an Allergy Attack and How to Stop it

Allergy attacks are your body's way of defending you against what it considers dangerous invaders. See what's behind all that sneezing and sniffling.

Block Advisors - All You Need, All Year Long

What sets Block Advisors apart? Our range of year-round services personalized to your needs. Make your appointment today.

Forget Guns, This is Bright Enough To Blind A Bea

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Did You Know Every New Car Has a Secret Price?

Don't pay MSRP! Save yourself both time & money on your new car purchase. Join 97,000+ others this month and find your lowest price for your new car!