This is a HUGE one, Derek, at least for little ol' semi-literate me, as I:
(1) not only hadn't read or heard she had sadly expired; but
(2) my ever-befuddled mind had never retained her name even though I surely ran across it maybe dozens of times since the mid-60s; inasmuch as
(3) I have read dozens of magazine, book or newspaper accounts of Fleming's naval espionage (and Bond-light) career; and
(4) starting at age 11 over two years, mentally devoured every one* of the Fleming's** sex-filled Bond novels, most of which were way over my young blond [not blonde!] head anyway, as I in those days naively didn't even know the term "making love" referred to anything further than "making out".
* Every sentence in every Fleming-penned** novel at least once***.
** Fleming's estate foolishly, recklessly and greedily licensed the most famous literary character at least since Scarlett O'Hara to a continuing series of novelists, starting with Kingsley Amis under some forgettable pen name with "Colonel Sun", and I'm STILL utterly ashamed I ever trifled with even a paragraph of it, much less completely finishing it at a length maybe three times the longest REAL Bond book.
*** The superb "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" twice actually, and by FAR the most cleverly-crafted narrative of the entire series, "You Only Live Twice"**** no fewer than five times.
**** Which, for all those folks so dazzled by Hollywood that they perhaps stop by their local library pretty much only to donate old, often nearly-valueless (and maybe unread=?) books or to vote, maybe*****--which they probably don't do anyway*****--was a 1971 Christmastime cinematic misfire which exhibited precisely ZERO in common with the sometimes-utterly-brilliant namesake-novel, aside from the title, Japanese locale, and a few supporting character names. Granted, It DID boast a terrific Nancy Sinatra [Jr.!] title tune that was a highlight of her career******* so far, but it could still never compensate for the film's juvenile and preposterous comic-relief gay assassin duo, the silly lesbo bounding-and-kicking chick--or chicks maybe?, I forget, thank G-d--and by far the lamest Blofeld ever, Donald Pleasance.
***** Which, of course, is just fine and dandy indeed with most of us who not only show up quadrennially on the first Tuesday AFTER the first Monday in November******, but also know the names of, say, the longest-serving Justice on the federal Supreme bench and the Minority Leader of the federal Senate, and the PROFOUND differences between the U.S. Treasurer and the Secretary of the Treasury, or even what the adverb quadrennially means [!].
****** As opposed to what maybe 97 percent of us civics buffs--the only people who care about this, seemingly--quite positively and quite ERRONEOUSLY believe is instead simply the first Tuesday in November.
******* Which is STILL vocally going pretty strong, as my all-time fave NSJr. track is not the iconic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", nor the definitive version everywhere of the standard "Jackson" with duet partner (and her producer!) Lee Hazelwood, nor the touching and familially-harmonic "Something Stupid", or even the syrupy but aurally-oh-so-yummy "Sugar Town", but instead the infrequently-heard "Burning Down the Spark", recorded a few years into this millennium (and of course readily YouTube available).