"When I wrote the first one in 1953, I wanted Bond
to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I
wanted him to be a blunt instrument...when I was casting around for a
name for my protagonist I thought by God, (James Bond) is the dullest
name I ever heard."
—Ian Fleming, The New Yorker
, 21 April 1962 Vesper Lynd
remarks, "Bond reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless."
Whilst serving in the Naval Intelligence Division, Fleming had planned to become an author and had told a friend, "I am going to write the spy story to end all spy stories." On 17 February 1952, he began writing his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale
at his Goldeneye estate