Ian Fleming... Great name, don't you think? Every bit as cool as James Bond, and quite a character in his own right. He was high up in British Naval Intelligence during WWII, in fact was one of the planners of Operation Goldeneye, (that name ring a bell?) a plan to carry out sabotage operations against a blooming Spanish-German alliance, and he formed and supervised various units that fought as commandos and gathered intelligence throughout the war.
Ian Fleming, ever a heavy drinker and smoker, died of a heart attack in Canterbury, England on August 12, 1964. He was 56 years old. His last words were spoken to the ambulance drivers who were rushing him to the hospital: "I'm sorry to trouble you chaps. I don't know how you get along so fast with the traffic on the roads these days."
Weird postscript: Ian Fleming said during the filming of From Russia With Love that his own choice to play James Bond would have been Hoagy Carmichael. (Um, say what?...)
One last strange, final word: Fleming was puzzling over what name to give the man from MI-6 when he glanced at a big book lying on his coffee table, Birds of the West Indies, by Sir James Bond. In a 1962 magazine interview Fleming said, "I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened. I wanted him to be a blunt instrument, and when I was casting about for a name for my protagonist, I thought, by God, James Bond is about the dullest name I ever heard."