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The Life of Ian Fleming (First Edition)

The Life of Ian Fleming (First Edition)

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The Life of Ian Fleming (First Edition)

by John Pearson

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New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. First American Edition, preceded by the First UK Edition published by Jonathan Cape in 1965. Laid in is the publisher's errata slip, clarifying statements made about the "Thunderball" plagiarism case.

A firsthand biography of Ian Fleming's life and work, written by close friend John Pearson.

Near Fine in a Near Fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Small stamp on the front endpaper. Jacket has a few tiny nicks on the spine ends and corners.


On Sep 5 2022, a reader said:
Privilege and nepotism appear to have gotten Fleming through life.

His Bond character was who he wanted to, but couldn't, be.

This work recounts many of the events Fleming later modified and embellished in the world of James Bond.

Flemings important, yet safe, role with British Naval Intelligence, gained in part through social connection, is well covered.

The writer is worth looking up for evidence of the nepotism I mentioned at the outset of this review.

On the one hand, this is a ripping yarn about how a daydreaming child managed to gain independent wealth through writing about who he wanted to be, drawing upon much of his own aloof personality and fantasies in combination with detail gleaned from eloquent observation of things he really had experienced.

On the other, this is testimony to the influence of the old boys network.

It's an interesting read.

I'd suggest a different title, perhaps Ian Fleming, A life of Privilege.

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