The Life of Ian Fleming

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A&C Black, Dec 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
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It is now over 50 years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducing 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in the history of cinema. But James Bond was invented by one man, Ian Fleming, a wartime intelligence officer and Sunday Times newspaper man who lived to see only the very beginning of the Bond cult.

First published in 1966, John Pearson's famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography. Charming, debonair and a ruthless womaniser, globetrotting from wartime Algiers to beachside Jamaica, Fleming was as elusive and opaque as his imaginary creation.

In his new introduction, John Pearson examines the extent to which Fleming's character informs even the most recent movie portrayals of his hero, and how Bond himself has achieved immortality beyond his creator's wildest dreams.

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Given that the author was an associate of Fleming, I certainly have reservations as to the fullness of this work of biography. However, it's still a wonderful story of an odd and complex man. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick Di Justo - Goodreads

A heroic biography of Ian Fleming, carefully written to avoid some of the more sordid things we've come to know about him in more recent years. The book appears to have been written by a huge fan of ... Read full review


The Flemings of Nettlebed
The Difficult
Victor Ludorum
The Golden Time
The Girl in Geneva
The Watcher at the Trial
The Solitary and the Cercle
The Beginnings of Bond
The Golden Typewriter
The BestSeller Stakes
The Ten Best Novels in the World
Enter Chandler
The Iron Crab
Not Saying
Eden at Goldeneye

Private and Public
The Life for Treats
Falling Mercury
Tough Men Are Very Rare
The Literary Cell
Golf and Gold
Thunderball Backfires
The Hollow Victory
A Note on the Author

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John Pearson was born in 1930, and educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read history.

He has worked on various newspapers, including the Economist, The Times, and The Sunday Times where for a time he wrote the Atticus column.

After the success of his Life of Ian Fleming, he decamped with wife and family to Rome, where he lived for some years. Mr Pearson returned to England to research and write the life and times of the Kray brothers in The Profession of Violence and has since written many more successful works of both fiction and non-fiction. Biographies remain his specialty with accomplished studies of the Sitwells, Winston Churchill and the Royal Family following his earlier successes.

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