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This is an auction for IAN FLEMING: THE MAN BEHIND JAMES BOND, by Andrew Lycett.

"Although the names James Bond and Ian Fleming are often interchangeable, Fleming's career as a newspaper correspondent and stockbroker and his passions for golfing, fishing, playing bridge, and collecting books are far from the life of 007. Here Fleming is characterized as handsome, moody, egotistical, and emotionally immature, among other things. In all, Fleming is as well drawn as any character Dickens could create of a well-born youth whose happy childhood in the Edwardian era consisted of a sophisticated country house and a Georgian mansion in London. The multifaceted man behind one of our cultural icons is successfully revealed. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"This biography is worth reading for two reasons: the most obvious is to get a look at the man who created one of the greatest iconic figures of the 20th century. "Bond, James Bond" is on every list of popular and enduring characters from the previous century and his simple introduction is cited as the most memorable movie line in cinema history. The 007 machine is still very much alive in the 21st Century with all of Fleming's adventures in print and the secret agent still drawing millions at the box office. The second fascinating reason for reading this biography is the author's access to Fleming's family and friends. A great deal is revealed through their interviews as well as their diaries and letters. This is a sharp, genuine look at Bond's creator, an exemplary biography, beautifully written, fast-paced and extremely perceptive."

Hardback 1995.

486 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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