Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming : The man who created James Bond

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The definitive biography of author Ian Fleming and the perfect read for anyone enjoying the Sky Atlantic biopic starring Dominic Cooper.

Ian Fleming's life was just as dramatic as that of his fictional creation, James Bond. Andrew Lycett's direct access to Fleming's family, friends and contemporaries has enabled him to reveal the truth behind the complicated facade of this enigmatic and remarkable man.

With an extraordinary cast of characters, this is biography at is best - part history, part gossip and part an informed reassessment of one of this century's most celebrated yet mysterious personalities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 166 x 201 x 33mm | 348g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Updated
  • 31
  • 1857997832
  • 9781857997835
  • 203,533

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More than a quarter century after the death of Ian Fleming, Andrew Lycett has produced his definitive biography. Through hundreds of interviews and direct access to Fleming's papers, as well as those of family and friends (which contain much previously unpublished and highly controversial material), Lycett has been able to reveal, for the first time, the truth behind the complicated facade of an enigmatic and remarkable man. With an extraordinary cast of characters, this is biography at its best - part history, part gossip, and part informed reassessment. Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, this suave Old Etonian creator of the Cold War's archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complicated and interesting than his major fictional character, Agent 007. Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for the Bond novels, and while his temperamental, sometimes violent nature got him into difficulties as a young man, the second World War was the making of him. Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including "Golden Eye", which is uncovered here for the first time. His role in shaping the prototype CIA is also fully detailed.
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This is the definitive biography of Ian Fleming, a compelling and meticulously researched portrait of a fascinating and complex man The only Fleming biography I have read which gets to the heart of this complex fascinating man This is an exemplary biography, beautifully written, fast-paced, and extremely perceptive * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * A fascinating historical work * SUNDAY EXPRESS * As good as any Bond novels, it proves that facts can be equally as fascinating as any fiction * SUNDAY MERCURY * This excellent book ... is a moral tale of worldly success not bringing happiness and it is ably told ... the supporting cast is terrific * DAILY MAIL * This is a revealing biography of a man who lived life in the fast lane * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * An impressive book, painstakingly researched and thoroughly convincing * INDEPENDENT * As good as any Bond novels, it proves that facts can be equally as fascinating as any fiction * SUNDAY MERCURY * This is a revealing biography of a man who lived life in the fast lane * GOOD BOOK GUIDE *
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About Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett was educated at Charterhouse and went on to read modern history at Christ Church, Oxford. As a foreign reporter he specialised in Africa and the Middle East. A full-time author since the early 1990s, he has written a number of highly acclaimed biographies and lives in North London.
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