Ian Fleming's Steamy Little Love Notes are Up for Auction


Shaken and stirred, darling. Looks like Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, may have been Mr. 50 Shades of Gray himself during the 1930s. A U.K. rare books dealer is selling a healthy batch of Fleming's love letters to his Austrian girlfriend, Edith Morpurgo, and obviously we snooped through the contents to find the dirty bits.

In the letters, Fleming refers to Morpurgo as his "high class ninny," includes sketches of a "Do Not Disturb" sign and a diagram of the human body featuring "where I want to kiss you," along with several rambling, Christian Gray-approved love notes like the following:

There are also breakup-y letters that accuse Morpurgo of being a bad, bad girl (but not in a saucy way):

Are we terribly surprised? This is, after all, coming from the man who invented a hero notable for his "rather cruel good looks" and penchant for international women. The batch, which is selling for £47,500 (about $79,000), also includes photographs and more of Fleming's ephemera, such as a note bowing out of a social engagement. In the physical description of the batch, the seller notes, "One letter evidently angrily torn into pieces by the recipient, later restored with cellophane tape."

Writers, right? Drama, drama, drama.