While his extravagant and glamorous lifestyle is well known, little has been published concerning Ian Fleming's contribution
during the Second World War. In the very early days of the War, Fleming was earmarked by the Director of Naval Intelligence
as his 'right hand man'. From the outset he was in the centre of events, meeting with key political and military figures
as well as those of exceptional intelligence, experience and courage. All this was to give him invaluable background when
he came to write the Bond novels. The author has uncovered through official documentation, private papers and contacts the
depth of Fleming's work in Naval Intelligence. Fascinating insights of those he worked with and details of covert trips to
Europe and North Africa emerge. Fleming was closely associated with 30 Assault Unit, a crack team of Commandos who took the
fight to the enemy. The book reveals both the history of 30 AU and Fleming's role.