James Bond, Ian Fleming, and The Resurrection
Posted: Wednesday, August 31
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10
Verse of the day:
We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. (I Corinthians 5:2)
Ian Fleming is the British author responsible for the James Bond spy novels. Book #11 in that series is titled “You Only Live Twice.” The unique title was inspired by a 17th Century Japanese poet; the full quote reads, “You only live twice; once when you’re born, and once when you look death in the face.” French playwright, Jean Cocteau said it this way: “Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.”
The death of our physical bodies is one of the great equalizers of the human experience. Wealth and health can delay it, but death cannot be sidestepped. Unless we live to see the second coming of Christ, we will all experience death.
“You Only Live Twice” was the last novel that Ian Fleming published before he died. Fleming was a Christian, but lived in the era when the dangers of smoking were unknown. His tobacco use lead to heart disease, two heart attacks, and an early death at age 56. He was buried in the churchyard of Swindon, England.
He died. And then . . . moments later . . . he woke up.