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on 14 March 2014
Having read John Pearson's biography some years ago, I thought I'd give Lycett's version a go and see how it differed.
It is certainly more detailed and less sycophantic. That said, it has an unclear narrative and often becomes a blur of names that have little interconnectivity and whom are relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things. This makes many passages boring and too much of the book is devoted to his pre 'Casino Royale' years and not enough to the development of his novels within the dynamic of the UK thriller market. Fleming virtually created a genre single handily and this is barely mentioned!
To it's credit, one feels that one is reading the naked truth and unfortunately Fleming emerges as a flawed genius who committed suicide through alcohol and tobacco addiction. Not a great life but a great literary legacy.
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on 23 April 2014
A bit of a struggle. Far too much detail. We can gather that Ian was a good bridge player. (Lost count of the times this was mentioned.

Everyone he seemed to know either had titles, and or, double barrelled names. They all appear to speak in French, Latin or German phrases, thus us plebs require the relevant translation dictionaries.

The stress is piled on as to how well connected his family was, enclosed in all the right circles, old Etonian's, pulling strings, absolutely litter the chapters. Good luck to Ian, that was his world; but Andrew Lycett overdoes the name dropping to the extent of confusion.

James Bond has many fans, courtesy of Ian Fleming and Ian Fleming has many fans, courtesy of James Bond. I cannot imagine that an autobiography would have been so lengthy and detailed as to create an area of boredom, that just wouldn't be him.

No offence Andrew.
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on 25 March 2017
very good. in condition described.. delivery very long for a book by royal mail. no other problems
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on 21 September 2017
Well written. it also confirmed that West Hallam had the first Bond Girl.
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on 11 May 2015
Andrew Lycett knows how to tell a story, and his research is up there with Michener. This thorough biography is written in a way that lures you in from the first page and keeps you all the way.

Lycett is the best!
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on 29 November 2017
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on 14 May 2015
This book is amazing. You delve into the life of the real James Bond. Ian Fleming was a womanizer, smoker, drinker and a Naval Commander. You look into his life living in London to him writing the best spy novels written.
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on 8 January 2017
Excellent biography , rather tiny print
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on 4 June 2016
Well worth a read.
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on 11 March 2016
A very well written account of this complex character . Very easy to read I would recommend to all Bond enthusiasts
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