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James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 (James Bond - Extended Series)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  429 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Fictional biography of James Bond
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1973)
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Andy Wixon
I'm on record as being officially grumpy when publishers and public see fictional characters and settings as somehow independent of their creators. You know the sort of thing I mean - Eoin Colfer being retained to knock out a new Hitch Hiker novel, the children of famous writers writing 'official sequels', based on a conversation they vaguely recall having 35 years ago. And so in order to maintain my integrity I suppose I should dislike this book, what's effectively a James Bond novel not ...more
Thomas Myers
Jul 04, 2016 Thomas Myers rated it it was amazing
I'm very fond of this sort of fictional non-fiction, and this one is particularly meta. Pearson handles it very well, and it was fun to read the extended adventures of James Bond and hint at his past. Although much of it has been subsequently over-written in the Young Bond Series, it is more than we got in the original series. So overall a great and fun read.
Sep 22, 2009 PurplyCookie rated it it was amazing
The book has an interesting idea behind it: What if James Bond were real. What things would have happened to him?

As with most of us who grew up with the 007 movies, we forgot that they started out as excellent novels by Ian Fleming. Pearson uses the bits and pieces of Bond's personal history available in Fleming's books to construct an authentic feeling biography which details how Bond got his physical and emotional scars. Pearson gives some depth to Bond and gives us insight into why 007 behave
Mark McCallum
Apr 04, 2013 Mark McCallum rated it it was amazing
I never knew, or even believed that James Bond was a real character until I read this book.

Many of the Ian Flemming novels are largely based on the real life of James Bond, as hard as that is to believe.

For anyone who loves James Bond, this book is a must read. You won't be able to put it down.
Aug 27, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mucho mejor que lo que esperaba.
Es la traducción del libro de John Pearson "James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007" ISBN 0394621409 (ISBN13: 9780394621401)
Steve Mitchell
The idea behind this book is actually really good. John Pearson, who was Fleming's biographer, begins to search for the inspiration of the character of James Bond and begins to unearth details of an actual James Bond that knew Ian Fleming. When the Secret Intelligence Service take an interest in the book it is suggested that rather than trying to censor and suppress it, they could control the flow of information by cooperating. The theory being that the truth is bound to come out sooner or ...more
Tony Fitzpatrick
Mar 25, 2015 Tony Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it
This book has a simple pretext. James Bond is real. He works (or rather worked) for MI6 before and after the war, and did much important work for the secret service. However in the early to mid 1950s his notoriety with the Soviets was such that they were determined to have him killed. To save his life, Ian Fleming and "M" came up with the idea of a novel based on his life, pretending that Bond was fiction. The Soviets would be hugely embarassed at the idea of committing so much time and energy ...more
Richard Bartholomew
This book is not so much a sequel to Ian Fleming’s Bond novels as to Pearson’s biography of Fleming, published shortly after Fleming’s death (reviewed here). Pearson was initially warned off by the authorities when he began following leads that suggested that Bond may have been a real person, but the secret service then changed its mind and agreed that Pearson could be the agent’s official biographer. Pearson was flown out to meet Bond, and he conducted extensive interviews in which Bond talked ...more
Alex Van Beek
Sep 26, 2016 Alex Van Beek rated it really liked it
For a book with such an un-Bond-like title written by an author nobody has heard of before or since, James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 accomplishes something few other spy thrillers, or even works of capital-L Literature, do: complete and total immersion in its world. While reading this book, I became convinced James Bond was real. Not even an exaggeration. Pearson worked with Ian Fleming, later writing a biography of him, and he is successful in incorporating his knowledge of the crea ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is ridiculous and implausible: The Ian Fleming series of James Bond novels were written in order to convince the Russians that James Bond was a fictional character so that they'd stop trying to kill him. The author of this biography is given access to the "real" James Bond, who fills him in on the details of his life that Fleming left out and where Fleming exaggerated and made stuff up, with lots of references to the novels, and even a cameo appearance by Honeychile ...more
Stephen Kennedy
Jun 28, 2011 Stephen Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
I really enjoyed the book! A must for a Bond fans. Think of it as another book in the bond series. Pearson gives the story behind the novels of James Bond, the creation of the novels and some interesting facts about the case as remembered by the actual James Bond. I listened to the newly released audiobook from audible and found it to be very believable.
Pam Masters
Aug 22, 2009 Pam Masters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
As a long time Bond fan, I couldn't stop reading this book. The way Pearson wrote the story was amazing. You could almost believe that maybe James Bond was a real person that Ian Fleming helped out. It was true to form. The only point I have is that it mentions a brother that I never realized Bond had. Then again, I haven't read a lot of Fleming's stories. But this has made me want to.
Aug 01, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bond fans, spy fans
I read this one when it first appeared. A long time Bond fan, I thought it was a well-written biography that tied in with Fleming's literary Bond and not the movie Bond. Charlie Higson is carrying this on with his Young Bond series, the fifth of which will be published in the Fall.
Purple Osprey
Sep 14, 2014 Purple Osprey rated it it was amazing
I'm not ashamed to admit it almost had me fooled :)
I came across e-book edition by accident, started reading it and the book is just that good. For the moment there I really thought it was for real:) Hence the five stars.
Joe Rodeck
Mar 14, 2015 Joe Rodeck rated it it was ok
Original idea: What if James Bond was a real person?

Fine for James Bond fanatics with all his legends and trivia.

But this might as well have been written by a priest! Where are the sexy Bond girls and villainesses literally dripping with sexuality?
Jun 27, 2016 Roy rated it liked it
Interesting book based on the premise James Bond really existed . The book attempts to fill in the gaps Fleming left in his series of novels and flesh out some of the details barely covered by him .
May 17, 2014 David added it
A fun read for 007 fanatics. The conceit explaining how the 'real' Bond became fictional I have always found amusing.
Aug 11, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Never read a Bond book but this is obviously non-canon to the original books or the films but a nice tounge in cheek yet surprisingly informative insight in to the life of James Bond.
Jun 23, 2012 Missy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fun and awesome! Very creative! This book tells the story of James Bond, as if he were a real man about whom Ian Fleming wrote stories. Loved it!
Jan 11, 2013 Nicholas rated it really liked it
A clever and original idea well executed by a man who knew Ian Fleming well and wrote the only authorised biography of the creator of 007.
Jan 27, 2016 Cocaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever fictional biog of 007 writen as the secret agent hits fifty. It gives a new perspective to the British spies escapades.
Jun 02, 2013 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly executed, and completely satisfying. John Pearson does an excellent job of telling Bond's story.
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