John Edmund

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Edmund was born in Seaton Delaval, Northcumberland, England back in 1926 to Cyril and Lena. In 1933, the family moved to Berkshire, England where he was educated at King Alfred’s School.   At the outbreak of WWII, while only 13 he joined the Home Guard, later serving in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. He later transferred to the Marines 42 Commando serving in the Middle and Far East.

After the war, he attended St. John’s College in Cambridge to study theology. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1953. In 1958, he was released from the church. He started working for the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald as a drama critic. At 33, he realized he was an alcoholic drinking two bottles of gin a day. In 1964, he began writing and as they say the rest is history.

In 1979, Glidrose Publications asked him to revive Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. He wrote a total of 14 James Bond novels. He also wrote two novels involving Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes series.

While you may/may not know John Edmund Gardner, surely you know of his writings and of course of some of the movies made from his novels.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray there are many familiar names in this blog post, except for John Edmund....

Feb 20, 2020 03:31 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I feel woozy thinking of two bottles of gin a day- glad he turned himself around- and I had no idea that not all the James bond books were written by Ian Fleming

Feb 20, 2020 03:34 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well, who'd have thunk it, James? I saw my first (and last) Bond movie when I was around 15 -- fell asleep quickly. Haven't been tempted to see another since and we are talking more than 50 years now! :)

Feb 20, 2020 03:55 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Must say until this day, had no clue John was involved with James Bond. Enjoy your day!

Feb 20, 2020 04:32 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I wonder if he came up with the line Shaken not Stirred.

Feb 20, 2020 04:51 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, now I know where James Bond came from, that is great.  I can't even imagine being able to drink 2 bottles of gin each and every day.

Feb 20, 2020 05:19 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Without looking him up, I have no idea.

That was a lot of martinis!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 20, 2020 05:22 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - like some of the other comments, I learned quite a bit in this short biography/introduction.  Thank you once again for filling in some blanks I didn't realize existed.  

Feb 20, 2020 05:46 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - we certainly all know those two figures even if we don't know the auther.

Feb 20, 2020 06:05 AM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

John had a great imagination James Dray and I for one enjoyed many of the Bond movies (never read one of the novels).

Feb 20, 2020 06:06 AM #10
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning James Dray 

This man lived a very interesting life.

Feb 20, 2020 07:00 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible story about this guy today. What a varied history he had.

Feb 20, 2020 07:02 AM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I can't even imagine drinking 2 bottles of gin a day. YIKES!

Feb 20, 2020 08:20 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


All that gin created some wonderful material.  Happy Thursday.  Cheers, A

Feb 20, 2020 09:58 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I love a good James Bond movie when I want to escape reality and have some fun. Did not know this about this particular author!

Feb 20, 2020 10:23 AM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I read all the Bond books in high school because JFK was into them and of course Sherlock is a favorite.

Feb 20, 2020 02:32 PM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

He definitely had a vivid imagination to be able to take over the Bond series from Ian Fleming.  I think they have another Bond movie coming out this spring.

Feb 20, 2020 03:13 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

He certainly led a diverse life. I've never read any of the Bond books but certainly am familiar with a number of the movies.


Feb 20, 2020 04:20 PM #19
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Although we did not know who was behind the James Bond and Sherlock Holmes stories penned by James Edmund Gardner, I am sure that he was well compensated for his achievements.

Feb 29, 2020 08:08 AM #20
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Wow, that was great!  I thought Fleming wrote all of the Bond films! What a history!  Thanks, James Dray 

Mar 20, 2020 11:05 AM #21
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