SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Ian Fleming’s family is shocked after vandals attack his grave


His most famous creation was James Bond, but even 007’s worldwide fame has proven that it cannot protect Ian Fleming’s grave from vandalism.

The grave, in St James’ Church, Sevenhampton, in Wiltshire, is the resting place not only of Fleming, who died of a heart attack in 1964 at the age of 56, but also of his wife, Ann, and of the only child that they had together, Caspar.

Just a few yards from Warneford House, which Fleming rebuilt in his final years, it is characterized by a stone obelisk with slate plaques commemorating all three.

His most famous creation was James Bond, but even 007's worldwide fame has proven that it cannot protect Ian Fleming's grave from vandalism.

His most famous creation was James Bond, but even 007’s worldwide fame has proven that it cannot protect Ian Fleming’s grave from vandalism.

But the plaque to Fleming, with the inscription “Omnia perfunctus vitae praemia marces” – “enjoy the prizes of life, expire now” – is now torn.

The grave, in St James' Church, Sevenhampton, in Wiltshire, is the resting place not only of Fleming, who died of a heart attack in 1964 at the age of 56, but also of his wife, Ann, and of the only child that they had together, Caspar

The grave, in St James' Church, Sevenhampton, in Wiltshire, is the resting place not only of Fleming, who died of a heart attack in 1964 at the age of 56, but also of his wife, Ann, and of the only child that they had together, Caspar

The grave, in St James’ Church, Sevenhampton, in Wiltshire, is the resting place not only of Fleming, who died of a heart attack in 1964 at the age of 56, but also of his wife, Ann, and of the only child that they had together, Caspar

‘It’s a shame,’ Fleming’s biographer Andrew Lycett tells me, while Fleming’s stepdaughter, Fionn Morgan, fears the attack was committed by someone gripped by the mistaken belief that the Flemish owed their fortune. to slavery.

“It could be the work of an extreme Bond fan who wants to keep it,” said Fionn, whose father, Lord O’Neill, was killed in 1944. Her mother married Fleming eight years later.

“Or, less likely, it could have been stolen by someone who thought it would sell for a large amount.”

But she believes it is “very likely” that the grave was breached by someone who concluded that Fleming and his family were beneficiaries of the slave trade, simply “because of Ian’s home in Jamaica, Goldeneye.”

In fact, Fleming’s grandfather, Robert Fleming, left school when he was 13, but founded the bank that bore his name and made a huge fortune, much of which he bequeathed to his native Dundee.

Ian Fleming was venerated in Jamaica, especially in Goldeneye, where staff referred to him as ‘the commander’.

Recalling Prime Minister Anthony Eden’s recovery there, Fionn tells me, “Ian’s housekeeper, Violet, refused to obey the wishes of her dear commander.

She described the Prime Minister as “just the next man,” but the commander as “the best man I’ve ever met – better than any man in Jamaica and the rest of the world.” ‘

Ian Fleming is pictured above with Sean Connery in 1962. Fleming's stepdaughter, Fionn Morgan, fears the attack was perpetrated by someone gripped by the false belief that the Flemings owed their fortunes to slavery.

Ian Fleming is pictured above with Sean Connery in 1962. Fleming's stepdaughter, Fionn Morgan, fears the attack was perpetrated by someone gripped by the false belief that the Flemings owed their fortunes to slavery.

Ian Fleming is pictured above with Sean Connery in 1962. Fleming’s stepdaughter, Fionn Morgan, fears the attack was perpetrated by someone gripped by the false belief that the Flemings owed their fortunes to slavery.

Prince Charles is known for his green thumb – and now Camilla is looking for a gardener with an ad on the royal website.

They will join the team at Ray Mill, her small private North Wiltshire estate that she bought in 1995 and kept after marrying Prince Charles.

The successful applicant must be ‘eager to apply organic gardening principles’. No doubt it will help if they also admit to talking to plants.

Letter clue to Hockney’s private life

A look into the close relationship between artist David Hockney and 1960s fashion designer Ossie Clark was almost exposed when a man in the back of a piece of furniture discovered a five-page letter from the painter to Ossie.

Nick Lerner bought a plankist from the studio from Clark’s ex-wife, fashion designer Celia Birtwell, 79.

“We saw the box advertised on eBay,” says Lerner. But we couldn’t bring ourselves to read the letter because it looked so private and personal. We decided to bring it back to Celia’s studio. I think they were relieved to have it back. ‘

Clark and Hockney were rumored to have grown close before Clark’s five-year marriage to Celia. One of Hockney’s most famous paintings is of Celia and Ossie together entitled Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy.

Earlier this year, Celia hinted that Clark and Hockney may have fondered on a trip to New York.

“Ossie came back and said,” I just can’t stand that world of homosexuality and stuff, I want to be with you, “Celia said.

Will Geldof Fifi complain about her latest tattoo?

As the oldest daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, she's not averse to a bit of horse play, but Fifi has outdone herself with a huge new tattoo that covers her thigh.

As the oldest daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, she's not averse to a bit of horse play, but Fifi has outdone herself with a huge new tattoo that covers her thigh.

As the oldest daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, she’s not averse to a bit of horse play, but Fifi has outdone herself with a huge new tattoo that covers her thigh.

As the eldest daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, she’s not averse to a bit of horse play, but Fifi shines with a huge new tattoo that covers her thigh.

“Immortalized my beautiful gray girl,” she said next to this image.

Fifi, 37, got her eyebrows tattooed before her wedding to artist Andrew Robertson.

Sister Peaches, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 25, also had a taste for body art, but said she regretted ‘every tattoo I’ve ever done’.

“Immortalized my beautiful gray girl,” she said next to this image

The lavish broadcaster Iain Dale alleges that Mo Mowlam once sexually assaulted him at a Labor Party conference.

“Mo Mowlam, when she was the secretary of Northern Ireland, had her photographed with me and my partner at a Labor Party conference,” he says.

We ran the book stall and she stood in the middle of us, put her arms around us and started to knead our bottoms. That’s sexual assault.

‘I thought it was quite funny at the time, but you can’t call it anything else in the current environment.’

While petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson is committed to burning down the road, his daughter prefers a less sedentary lifestyle

While petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson is committed to burning down the road, his daughter prefers a less sedentary lifestyle

While petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson is committed to burning down the road, his daughter prefers a less sedentary lifestyle

Clarkson’s daughter shares her spirited ideas

While petrolhead Jeremy Clarkson is committed to burning down the road, his daughter prefers a less sedentary lifestyle.

Emily, 26, just launched a new exercise group that she describes as super-inclusive, non-threatening, and friendly.

“We’ll be taking The Have A Gos (The Hags) to a whole host of sporting events next year so no one has to do them alone,” said Emily, who promotes positive body image on social media.

‘I know so many sporting events can feel daunting and that’s the thing that keeps many of us from signing up.

So many fixtures (triathlons in particular) have a real elite feel to them and as such they really don’t feel beginner-friendly. We want to change that. ‘

Maybe she will enlist Jezza …

Whips lash the school baroness while she pulls out all the stops …

If Hilary Mantel needed advice on how to overcome an aversion to the Booker panel, she might want to talk to Baroness Nicholson, who was scolded as vice president of the Literary Prize in June over allegations of homophobia and transphobia.

The brave Baroness, who denied the claims, has now turned her gaze from reading books to reading music.

Despite being deeply deaf, she studied cello, piano and singing at the Royal Academy of Music before entering politics and now, at the age of 78, she has decided to make music again and is learning flute and organ.

“I found a way to practice the organ in St. Stephen’s, the 12th-century chapel in Westminster,” she tells me.

“I got permission from the speaker’s chaplain. But then I got a huge rocket from the Whips.

It turned out that on the other side of the wall was the Chief Whip’s office. So I quickly withdrew. ‘

The usually bubbly model looked deserted as she posed alone in front of Kensington, London on weekends

The usually bubbly model looked deserted as she posed alone in front of Kensington, London on weekends

The usually bubbly model looked deserted as she posed alone in front of Kensington, London on weekends

Moody Moss shows off a Lottie leg!

Is the seemingly perpetual pandemic taking its toll even on Lottie Moss?

The usually bubbly model looked deserted as she posed alone in front of Kensington, London on weekends.

But it seems unthinkable that the 22-year-old could be solo for long.

Earlier this month, Kate Moss’s half-sister saw the attention of a determined companion enjoying a dinner with friends at Nam Long Le Shaker Vietnamese restaurant, also in Kensington.

And on a recent vacation, she had Love Island star Chris Hughes for company.

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