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Len Deighton: James Bond: My Long and Eventful Search for His Father

Len DeightonLen Deighton is a military historian, cookery writer and novelist. Born in 1929, he did National Service in the RAF as a photographer attached to the Special Investigation Branch. Deighton is most famous for his first book, The Ipcress File, a spy novel that was made into a film starring Michael Caine. Later, the BBC adapted Bomber into a day-long radio drama told in real time.

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