George MacDonald Fraser was the writer of many novels, short stories, memoirs, other volumes of nonfiction, and screenplays -- including co-writing credit for the James Bond film Octopussy. Among his most popular works are the Flashman Papers, a series of novels about the arch-rogue Harry Flashman, a hero who galloped, swashbuckled, drank and womanized his way through many of the signal events of the 19th century. His other books include several non-Flashman novels, among them Mr. American; The Pyrates; Black Ajax; and The Reavers. For his work, Mr. Fraser received many honors, among them the Order of the British Empire in 1999. He died in 2008.