I am just coming back to my computer after a classic Swedish vacation at the country house with minimal access to internet. During the summer I have read Andrew Lycett's Ian Fleming biography close to 500 pages and it was clear to me that Fleming had a very strange relationship towards woman. He seem to only have been interested in the women he could not have.
During his marriage to Anne Fleming he had a "secret affair" to Blanche Blackwell in Jamaica. It was so secret that after a while Anne refereed to Blanche as Ian´s second wife in Jamaica.
Anyhow, In Lycett's book one gets the feeling that Blanche was the only one with a human heart not placing herself first and tried to be nice to Ian every time they meet. In the end he started using her to a degree that actually made me upset. It was sad to read how a lovable person can be treated like this due to the fact that she was in love with a married man.
On August 7th Blanche Blackwell died at age 104. This is only four days away from Ian Flemings own death on August 12, 1964. She outlived him by 53 years and hopefully lived a very happy life when the focus of Fleming had to go away.
Below is the best obituary for Blanche Blackwell and it includes a lot of information about Blackwell and Flemings life together and the way she added inspiration to Flemings novels.
The text below is borrowed by The Washington Post to make James Bond fans find this great piece of writing in many years to come.
THE WASHINGTON POST
Jamaican muse and mistress of 007’s creator, Ian Fleming, dies at 104