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James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 [Hardcover]

John Pearson

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John George Pearson is a novelist and an author of biographies, notably of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, and of the Kray twins.

Pearson was educated at King's College School, Wimbledon, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he won a double first in history. He then worked for The Economist, BBC Television and The Sunday Times. He was Ian Fleming's assistant at the Sunday Times and went on to write the first biography of Fleming, The Life of Ian Fleming', published in 1966.

Pearson was commissioned by Donald Campbell to chronicle his successful attempt on the Land Speed Record in 1964 in Bluebird CN7, resulting in the book Bluebird and the Dead Lake.

Pearson has also written "true crime" biographies, such as The Profession of Violence (The most read book in Great Britain's Prisons), an account of the rise and fall of the Kray twins, who had hired him to write their biography in 1967. Over the next several years the brothers, who by now were in jail, wrote frequently to Pearson. He wrote two further books about the Krays: The Cult of Violence: The Untold Story of the Krays and Notorious: The Immortal Legend of the Kray Twins. In 2010 Pearson put up for auction more than 160 previously unseen letters and photographs from the Kray twins.

Another of Pearson's books, The Gamblers, is an account of the group of gamblers who made up what was known as the Clermont Set, including John Aspinall, James Goldsmith and Lord Lucan. Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the book in 2006. Pearson's story of The Gamblers has now been made into a TV series called 'Lucan' starring Michael Gambon and Christopher Eccleston, to be aired on ITV1 in two parts on 11th and 18th December 2013.
Pearson's book Facades was the first full-scale biography of the Sitwell siblings Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell. It was published in 1978.

Pearson has also written five novels. Storm Jameson praised his first novel, Gone to Timbuctoo, as "an unusually good first novel, an exciting story, and a splendid setting in French West Africa. The writing is sharp and witty." Malcolm Muggeridge said, "This is an exceptionally brilliant first novel - exciting, wryly funny and perceptive."

For his next three novels Pearson did tie-in fictional biographies. Pearson also became the third official author of the James Bond series, writing in 1973 James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007, a first-person biography of the fictional agent James Bond. However, Pearson declined an offer to write further Bond novels. Pearson then did fictional tie-in works about Upstairs, Downstairs (The Bellamys of Eaton Place) and Biggles.

John Pearson's new website has recently been launched: http://www.johnpearsonwriter.co.uk

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written. A must read for Bond followers. 6 Jan 1998
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This book is a must read for anyone who is a true James Bond aficionado. It follows James from his youth through his latter years with Her Majesty's Secret Service, thereby, providing an extraordinary insight into Bond and what drives him. This book would make a GREAT film and would satisfy those critics who desire "more character development" in the films. I have a copy in very good condition and it is a permanent part of my library.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, almost real. 1 Aug 2002
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I picked this book up for a dime at a library sale, thinking it would be fun to read on my six hour plane flight. As with most of us who grew up with the 007 movies, we forgot that they started out as excellent novels by Ian Fleming. The way the author interweaves fact and ficton, James & Ian, one suspends reality and can actually believe this is a true to life biography - it is that good. Having said that, it is a British book, which for many Yanks may be too dry, to devoid of actual scenes of blood & gore. It is excellent literature and is recommended for anyone who wants to read a good book and, at the same time, fill in the blanks about our favorite spy, 007.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a MUST OWN FOR ANY BOND FAN 16 April 1998
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside 007 6 Feb 2001
By L. Dibernardo - Published on Amazon.com
This book is well worth chasing down for any fan of 007, especially those of Ian Fleming. Pearson uses the bits and pieces of Bond's personal history available in Fleming's books to construct an authentic feeling biography which details how Bond got his physical and emotional scars. Pearson gives some depth to Bond and gives us insight into why 007 behaves as he does. As a bonus, Bond's history is bracketed in the "present" giving the reader one version of what might have happened to Bond had he not been the ageless agent of fiction and film that he remains today. The future of several classic bond women is also revealed with Bond sailing off with one of his former flames. Overall, a good read and entertaining. Probably the second best post-Fleming Bond book after Markham's "Colonel Sun"
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome buy 4 Feb 2014
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I bought this book for my husband and he loves it. Super cheap and nothing wrong with the book! Love
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