Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

James Bond: The Authorised Biography Audio Download – Unabridged, 25 Mar 2011

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Audio Download, Unabridged
"Please retry"
Audio Cassette
"Please retry"
£18.99
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Audio Download
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks (25 Mar. 2011)
  • ASIN: B004TSD47A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Product Description

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.


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Most Bond fans are familiar with the James Bond continuation novels by Amis, Gardner, Benson, and Higson, but few are familiar with this one-shot continuation novel written by John Pearson in 1973. This book claims to be the "true" story of James Bond, secret agent and colleague of Ian Fleming, who gave a one-time interview to John Pearson while on leave in Bermuda in 1973. Pearson’s straight-faced presentation of how he came to meet the real 007 is the first highlight of many in this excellent James Bond novel. I mean biography. I mean…well, you know.
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 ›
1 Comment 27 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of the Bond novels and films I find it hugely surprising to read so many negative reviews of this book. My personal impression was that it was a genuinely decent effort at trying to bring a sense of realism to the Bond character and his origins and a more than cursory explaination for his skills and character traits. I read Devil May Care a few weeks after this novel and that trully is awful. A gaudy pastiche of Flemming's writing and storytelling style.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I have had a paperback version of this book for many years and have read it on a number of occasions. I have thoroughly enjoyed it every time and decided I would like a hard back version.
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.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book fills in all the gaps. A must for any fan of the Fleming books.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What an excellent book! The author is a consummate storyteller and writer extraordinaire. Attention to detail and description is very 'Ian Fleming'. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story well told.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you like to imagine "but what if he were real" this book is for you. Fans of Bond will have a lot of fun picking up the clues and enjoying the plotline of a massive deception perpetrated by Ian Fleming. A whole new bond story in itself too.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
John Pearson worked as a journalist under Ian Fleming on the "Sunday Times" and, after completing a biography of the author of the James Bond novels, decided to attempt a biography of the fictional agent himself. Of course it's a spoof (my keyboard wants to write 'spook' here for some reason!) but one which is carried out with humour and expert insight into the Bond genre. Far from being a book for Bond "anoraks" or Ian Fleming quiz 'eggheads', it is smoothly written, highly readable and full of Bond adventures, many of which are drawn from the original novels but only referred to obliquely or in passing in Fleming's stories.

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.

Highly recommended.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Brilliant. So glad this is in print again. I read it years ago when I borrowed it from the library. Will be purchasing the hardback too.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback