MI6 previews the newly republished title "James
Bond - The Authorised Biography" by
John Pearson, a look at the life of the literary
Update: Details and cover art confirmed for paperback
release in USA on 24th June 2008...
Book Preview: James Bond - The Authorised Biography
9th June 2007 / 20th November 2007
James Bond: The Authorised Biography by John Pearson
First published in 1973, "James Bond: The Authorised Biography"
is fictional biography that elaborates upon the small bits
of 007’s past that were scattered by Ian Fleming
throughout his novels, plus a few details from author John Pearson's
imagination. Pearson had previously written "The Life of Ian
Fleming" in 1966.
Ian Fleming Publications and Century are now
republishing this long out-of-print title in late 2007 in hardback,
and a paperback edition by Arrow is due in the USA in June 2008.
The story of the man behind the myth, the most famous spy of all time — James
It was a strong face, certainly — the
eyes pale grey and very cold, the mouth was hard, and the dark
hair — grey-streaked now — still fell in the authentic
comma over the forehead.
This is how John Pearson reacted to his first
encounter with the real James Bond. At the time, like most of
the world, he assumed that James Bond was nothing more than a
character in Fleming’s highly charged imagination. Then
he began to have his doubts, doubts of such a pitch that the
British secret service was trying to warn him off the scene.
Despite this, he finally became convinced that James Bond was
not only real, but actually alive.
Pearson went on to write the bestselling authorized
biography of Ian Fleming. Then, thanks to a change in policy
within the secret service he was invited to embark upon a companion
volume to his life of Fleming. This resulting book is bound to
become one of the most extraordinary biographies of our times — the
authorized life of a myth — the official biography of James
The biography reveals situations and incidents only hinted at
in Ian Fleming’s books; and it promises to reveal a side
of Bond never seen before: the story of his life, the Bonds of
Glencoe; the night he lost his wallet and his virginity in Paris;
his first assignment; his duel with the S.S.; his women, scandals
and tastes — it’s all here, for the first time ever.
About the Author
John Pearson is a Cambridge graduate. He worked on the Economist
Intelligence Unit and as a BBC trainee producer before working
for Ian Fleming as his assistant on the “Atticus” column
for the Sunday Times.
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Released: 4th October 2007
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Released: 27th November 2007
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Released: 24th June 2008