JFK & 007 - The Assassination Agnostic
“Goldfinger” wasn’t the first 007 novel that Oswald checked out, as the records show that he had previously taken out “Thunderball” and “From
For assassination investigators the problem with Oswald’s “Goldfinger” is that, according to the records of the New Orleans Library, the book was returned on
Besides the Fleming novels, the other books on Oswald’s list – two dozen in all, are mainly non-fiction history, science fiction and biography, and deserve closer attention.
If Oswald was the assassin of the President, despite the fact that no motive can be or has been attributed to him, then an assessment of his reading habits would be in order since they would naturally help indicate what he was thinking and what motivated him.
Of course if Lee Harvey Oswald was the real assassin of the President of the United States, these books would have been given a through going over and psychoanalysts would have given their interpretation of the assassin’s state of mind at the time, but since Oswald was a patsy, and framed for the crimes, just as he claimed, there has been no real attempt to even try to understand the psychological makeup of the patsy. If he had been the actual triggerman and assassin, then it would be a different story. In any case, Oswald is one of the most thoroughly analyzed patsies in history, so we know a lot about him, much more than we know about the actual assassins. One of the things we know is that he read a lot, and we know what he read from the library records.
Any cursory review of the books we know Oswald read should begin with “Goldfinger,” which opens with a quote above the table of contents that reads:
007 & JFK
The President’s wife Jackie was as well-read as her husband, and later became a book editor and publisher. She also took notice of Ian Fleming’s novels, though she may not have gotten the joke, but she is credited with recommending Fleming’s books to
CIA Director Allen Dulles, like 007's Spychief M - smoked a pipe
Fleming was thanking Kennedy because Fleming’s book got the unexpected plug when one of them was included among the books the President enjoyed. Hugh Sidey, in (March 17, 1961) Life Magazine wrote an article titled The President’s Voracious Reading Habits which listed From Russia with Love as one of his 10 favorite books. A list of the President’s favorite books was also sent out to various libraries during National Library Week.
Among the particular favorites of President Kennedy was Fleming’s “From Russia with Love” which was also among Oswald’s books.
Lord Melbourne by David Cecil
Montrose by John Buchan
Marlborough by Sir Winston Churchill
John Quincy Adams by Samuel Flagg Bemis
The Emergence of Lincoln by Allan Nevins
The Price of Union by Herbert Agar
John C. Calhoun by Margaret L. Coit
Talleyrand by Duff Cooper
Byron in Italy by Peter Quennell
The Red and the Black by M. de Stendhal
From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
Pilgrim's Way by John Buchan
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Writing and Speeches of Daniel Webster
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
Henry Clay by Carl Schurz
In 1961, Kennedy watched the first James Bond film, Dr. No, in a private White House screening, and in part to Kennedy’s influence, the next movie was based on “From
Oatsie Leiter, JFK's Georgetown and Newport neighbor, introduced him to 007 and Ian Fleming.
Her husband owned the land the CIA Headquarters was built on.
Apparently Oatsie Leiter had been invited to the Kennedys for dinner that night, and they drove over to Kennedy’s
Ernest L. Cuneo, the OSS agent Fleming met during World War II at the New York city apartment of Sir William Stephenson (INTREPID), got to know Fleming very well, and Fleming dedicated two of his books to him and used his name as a character in "Diamonds Are Forever."
Cuneo, with another Fleming OSS associate, who introduced Fleming to Jamaica, were co-owners of the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) when they hired Fleming to be their European Editor.
In the introduction to a book on Ian Fleming and 007, Cuneo also caught the 007, Ian Fleming-JFK- Fidel Castro connection.