Ian Fleming, the man who gave us Agent 007 James Bond, was born May 28, 1908. He published his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 but wouldn't live to see it come to the big screen. He passed away one month before it premiered.
Despite all that secret spy stuff, he also wrote "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", just about everyone's favorite magical car story.
Here is an interview with Fleming shortly before he passed away.