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A book that may interest some fans but insult others,
This review is from: James Bond: The Authorised Biography (Paperback)
This book is a curious one. It doesn't take place within the same continuity of the Fleming Bond novels but rather in real life. It is assumed in the book that Flemings novels were based on a real life secret agent and his adventures - a secret agent whom Fleming knew personally. Author Pearson creates an interesting story that stands up well to reading whether you have read the original Bond novels or not (the novels are only largely hinted at in this book so it isn't essential to have read them prior to reading this).
It would however insult some fans who enjoy the works of Fleming. Pearson's biography of Bond discredits some of the facts revealed in the Bond novels as pure fiction and this will annoy fans of the books who believe that Flemings accounts of 007 really happened to the worlds best-known secret agent. As the title of my review states - it's a book that will interest some (for revealing Bond's previously uncharted past) but insult others (who are not fond of the bits of the book that discredit parts of the original novels).