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The Life of Ian Fleming: The Man Who Created James Bond (Anglais) Broché – 27 mars 2003


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It is now 50 years since the premiere of Dr No, the very first Bond film, with Sean Connery introducting 007 as the glamorous secret agent who would become the single most profitable movie character in the history of cinema. But James Bond was invented by one man, Ian Fleming, a wartime intelligence officer and Sunday Times newspaper man who lived to see only the very beginning of the Bond cult.

John Pearson's famous biography remains the definitive account of how only Ian Fleming could have dreamed up James Bond, for he led a life as colourful as anything in his fiction, which in turn became a covert autobiography. Charming, debonair and a ruthless womaniser, globetrotting from wartime Algiers to beachside Jamaica, Fleming was as elusive and opaque as his imaginary creation.

In his new introduction, John Pearson examines the extent to which Fleming's character informs even the most recent movie portrayals of his hero, and how Bond himself has achieved immortality beyond his creator's wildest dreams. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .



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  • Broché: 400 pages
  • Editeur : Aurum Press Ltd; Édition : New edition (27 mars 2003)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1854108980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854108982
  • Dimensions du produit: 18,8 x 12,6 x 3,4 cm
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3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Gwen 1ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEURTOP 10 COMMENTATEURS le 23 février 2012
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Ian Fleming est un écrivain relativement peu connu en France, ce qui est assez paradoxal au regard de l'extraordinaire popularité du héros qu'il créa voilà plus d'un demi-siècle, à savoir James Bond 007. Il y ainsi des personnages de fiction si énormes, au succès si monumental, qu'ils éclipsent leur géniteur. Tout le monde connaît Tarzan ou Zorro, par exemple, mais combien de gens ont lu les romans d'Edgar Rice Burroughs ou de Johnston Mc Culley?

Eh bien, cette biographie parfaitement documentée et rédigée dans un style discursif tout à fait agréable permettra à tous ceux qui le souhaitent d'en savoir un peu plus sur l'homme qui inventa l'espion le plus célèbre du monde. Bien sûr, il faudra passer les cinquante ou soixante premières pages qui ne sont pas les plus passionnantes puisqu'on y cause surtout des racines familiales du jeune Ian, mais très vite je me suis laissée prendre à l'évocation de cette vie happée par l'Histoire.

En fait, l'existence de Fleming commence à ressembler elle-même à un roman d'espionnage le jour où, jeune journaliste pour l'agence Reuters, il est sollicité par les services secrets britanniques pour mener une mission à Moscou. Il est vrai que Ian, en plus du français et de l'allemand, parlait également russe, atout non négligeable. Tout bon espion est d'abord un excellent polyglotte!
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art imitates life ... and embellishes it with fantasy 3 juillet 2000
Par Death Bredon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For Ian Fleming, writing was an escape from the restraints of real life. One spring in 1952 he sat down at his typewriter and began 'Casino Royale', first of the James Bond thrillers. He drew upon his six years of wartime service as personal assistant to the director of naval intelligence in Whitehall. Research followed the initial burst of writing; he was not shy about consulting experts. Over the next eleven years he wrote a book a year. Gradually the lifestyle he prescribed for himself and his hero -- 60 cigarettes a day, whiskey or gin -- took its toll, and he saw the beginning of real success just about the time he succumbed to "the iron crab" -- heart disease. The books took real incidents, real places, and real parts of his own personality and turned them into enduring fantasies -- popular not just with people familiar with these settings but with those for whom they seemed realistic in detail but far removed from personal experience.
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An Enlightening Work 8 juillet 2002
Par an Ian Fleming Collector - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is the best account of the author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming's, life yet. Written in 1965-1966, it is the one and only biography of Fleming that was written with true research by the author. Pearson's biography is also drawn on personel expiriences (he worked with Fleming on the Sunday Times for many years). Many excerpts of interviews with people who knew Fleming, or stayed at his house Goldeneye, have been included, and statements by close friends are plentifull. This book is to be read for pleasure, other biographies of Fleming (e.g. Andre Lycett's Ian Fleming: the man behind James Bond) are to be navigated through using an index. An excellent book.
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Glosses over some aspects of his life 6 juillet 2002
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book was written while Fleming's wife Anne was still alive, so out of respect for her, many details of his affairs during their marriage were left out. Otherwise, this is a fantastic account of the life of this amazing man, the details of his career in Naval Intelligence during WWII are fascinating. The little points you see here and there that are later reflecting in one of his Bond novels are always neat to pick up on.
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The Man with the Golden Typewriter 27 septembre 2005
Par Acute Observer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
John Pearson's biography of Ian Lancaster Fleming tells all about the checkered career of this writer. Fleming's grandfather became a millionaire through his banking investment trusts in American railroads. Fleming's father was a banker, country squire, Member of Parliament, and Major. Young Ian was the second son and a difficult child who had troubles at schools. Fleming was sent to Europe to learn French, German, and Russian; all practical skills for his future as a reporter (spy trials in Moscow) and Commander in Naval Intelligence during WW II. Fleming set up an "Intelligence Commando" to quickly seize information from freshly captured enemy command posts. "Advance Unit 30" was commemorated in the "AU 30" license plate on Goldfinger's limousine. Great success came around 50 with his action novels, and the films of these stories. These films have been successes for over 40 years, even when they repeat earlier stories and the action scenes therein.

Fleming had an important career as a journalist before his fame as the author of "James Bond". He often used the names of friends and relatives for characters in his books. "Quarrel" was based on Red Grant, whose name was used for the killer in "From Russia With Love". When these novels gained popularity after 1961 "James Bond" was criticized for his cruelty, hedonism, and amorality. When you read this biography you will understand the basis for this fictional character. Fleming was a model for some of these deeds, but "James Bond" is the fantasy character Fleming wanted to be (pp.177-178). The last half of this book covers Fleming's last twelve years, when he found fame and fortune as an author. The continuing films keep his memory alive, unlike John Buchan or E. Philip Oppenheim.

The existing censorship at the time prevented any mention of Ian Fleming's meeting with J. Edgar hoover in July 1941. Fleming brought Dusko Popov, Yugoslav playboy, Nazi spy, and British double-agent to tell of Popov's orders to spy on Pearl Harbor. Hoover wasn't interested, and Popov was then forced to leave the country.
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good introduction to the creator of 007 23 août 2008
Par cxlxmx - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Until the publication of Lycett's Ian Fleming, this John Pearson biography was the most definitive biography of Ian Fleming available. It is unfortunate that Pearson knew Fleming personally and whitewashed aspects of Fleming's life, because this book remains by far the most readable work available on Fleming.

Fleming's life was actually quite boring. Another Amazon reviewer is accurate when he says that Fleming was too involved with womanizing and high living to have led a really interesting life. Most of the facts are to do with betrayals, failures in business, law-suits, and other tedious matters. So Pearson arranged his book partly chronologically, but also partly thematically, in order to show how Fleming's life influenced the content of the James Bond novels. This is a good writing strategy, and Pearson manages to make a pretty humdrum life of desk journalism, gin and golf seem interesting. From the perspective of readability, this book is head and shoulders above the Lycett biography.

What you miss in Pearson are the less savory aspects of Fleming's life. For example, in his chapter called "Marriage," Pearson makes it appear as though Fleming and his wife were old friends who fell in love when Fleming comforted her after she had surgery and who eventually were drawn together despite his wife's marriage to another man, Rothermere. In fact, as we learn from Lycett, Fleming's wife was carrying on all along with both Fleming and Rothermere even while previously married to a third man, and Fleming's marriage had more to do with an illegitimate pregnancy. However, Pearson doesn't lie, he just draw's the reader's attention away by jumbling timelines. It is entirely possible to read this biography without getting a "wrong" picture of Fleming's life.

In fact, Pearson does a much better job than Lycett of giving an impression of the total personality. My sense is that Fleming had many things in common with those who have Attention Deficit Disorder, but this is much more clear in Pearson. By highlighting themes such as the importance to Fleming of establishing routine in his life, Pearson gets much closer to revealing a whole person, rather than the simple alcoholic sadist that Lycett writes about.

On the whole, I feel this is an excellent introduction to Ian Fleming for James Bond 007 fans. And for those who aren't 007 fans, why would you want to read about Ian Fleming? This 1967 paperback edition of Pearson's book has very small print very close to the margins and contains no photographs. A current reprint of the book is now available in hardcover, called The Life of Ian Fleming, but I don't know if it may have been revised.
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