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James Bond: The Authorised Biography Audio Download – Unabridged, 25 Mar 2011
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It was a strong face, certainly - the eyes pale grey and very cold, the mouth was hard, the dark hair - grey-streaked now - still fell in the authentic comma over the forehead. 'This is how John Pearson reacted to his first encounter with the real James Bond, an encounter probably unique in the annals of thriller writing. He went on to write the bestselling authorised biography of Ian Fleming. At the time, like most of the world he assumed that James Bond was nothing more than a character in Fleming's highly charged imagination. Then he began to have his doubts. Doubts which were reaching such a pitch that the British secret service was trying to warn him off the scent. Despite this, he finally became convinced that James Bond was not only real, but actually alive.
Thanks to a change in policy within the secret service he was invited to embark upon a companion volume to his life of Fleming. This resulting book must be one of the most extraordinary biographies of our times - the authorised life of a myth, the official biography of James Bond.
Here Pearson reveals amazing adventures, situations and incidents only hinted at in Ian Fleming's books; the story of Bond's life, the Bonds of Glencoe; the night he lost his wallet and his virginity in Paris - and found his first love; his first assignment - to save the bank at Monte Carlo; his duel with the S.S.; his women, scandals and tastes - all here revealed. This promises to show a side of Bond never seen before.
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The book cuts back and forth between the author's adventures interviewing the sometimes uncooperative Bond in Bermuda and Pearson’s own retelling of Bond’s life story. Many of the events Pearson chronicles read like James Bond short stories -- and good ones at that! For Bond fans who have longed to hear tales of Bond’s early missions and his wartime adventures, you have it all here. Some of the stories have a bite that rivals Fleming. Bond’s mission to Stockholm to kill a former colleague is quite shocking, both in the events and the clean, clipped economy of the writing.
We also get looks at Bond’s failings and the periods between missions: James Bond forced to consider taking a job as a Harrods department store detective during a period of desperate unemployment; James Bond the social dropout living off his looks and wealthy women in island resort communities (Pearson reveals the events of “The Hildebrand Rarity” took place during one of Bond's beachcomber periods).Read more ›
This is a well constructed novel giving the reader the background to Bond's early life and adventures. I have no hesitation in recommending it to any Bond afficianado.
In short "James Bond:the authorised biography" is well worth reading as a successful and entertaining achievement in its own right. I read it last month - almost forty years after it was first published - and it is a great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent read. If you are a Bond "fan", you should find this work most interesting. Enjoy. Thank you.Published on 11 April 2014 by Dennis L. Williams
Joins up the history of Bond that Ian Fleming left unsaid.
But you must have your mind adjusted to the period that the books were written.
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. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2010 by D. Meakin
I love the character of Bond from Fleming's books. In this book Bond constantly acts and says things that I could never see him doing. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2009 by J. Webb
Yes, I agree with two of the previous reviewers here; this book is utter balderbash. Pearson apes Fleming's style without realising the tongue in cheek attitude the original... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2008 by G. S. Juniper