In 1965, the year before Burgess published his spy novel, Tremor of Intent, Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels sold more than 15 million paperback copies in the UK alone. Given the vast enthusiasm for espionage fiction on the part of the book-buying public, it’s understandable that Burgess was keen to cash in on this publishing […]

From 1975, Anthony Burgess lived in a top-floor apartment on rue Grimaldi in Monaco. In 1988, there was a catastrophic leak of water from the roof of the building, which partially destroyed Burgess’s collection of manuscripts (which, according to a letter in the Burgess Foundation archive, were being stored in ‘a spare bathroom’). Shortly after […]

Anthony Burgess was a lifelong fan of the James Bond books and the archive at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation has many editions of Ian Fleming’s books along with other Bond paraphernalia. This article, originally written for Life magazine in 1987, reveals the extent of Burgess’s preoccupation with Fleming’s master spy.  

The various agents of Anthony Burgess, by Graham Foster.