Ian Fleming was born to a wealthy family. His father was a Minister in the British Parliament and Fleming was educated at the elite, private Eton school before a stint at the Sandhurst military academy. He studied at the universities of Munich and Geneva. During World War 2 he was a commander in British Naval Intelligence, an officer in the legendary 30 Assault Unit. They worked behind enemy lines to obtain enemy documents and other intelligence. His brother, Peter Fleming, worked for the Special Operations Executive (the covert operations arm of MI6) helping to run stay-behind secret armies.