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Ian Fleming

by Andrew Lycett

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A highly detailed, exhaustatively researched, meticulous account of a complex man, with multiple facets & people, in his life. Nicely paced for the most part, in places there is a feeling of inertia about the narrative, & one feels that this is not due to the subject. It really is however, the definitive account of Ian Fleming. Less so, his creation, but more about him as a person, his peccadillos & the people & women in his life. A cautionary tale, but well told, with local interest to those who, like me, live in Kent. If you're after a James Bond origin story, whilst that material is covered, this probably isn't what you're looking for, dealing as it does, more with Fleming than Bond. ( )
  aadyer | Feb 20, 2014 |
Like most biographies, the first 200 pages of Lycett's book suffer from the impulse to list every person Fleming ever spoke to once on a train. Finally, though, at around page 216, we get to what we all came for-the genesis and process of the Bond novels. From that point, this book becomes clear and focused, and a joy to read. I appreciated Lycett's literary criticisms as well as his biographical sketches. His prose is clean, only occasionally slipping in to the three or more asides that seem to define the core style of other biography writers. I especially appreciated the last five pages, which let us know how things turned out for Caspar. HIGHLY recommended. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
Rather longish biography of the man who created the James Bond books. It seemed to be a bit long on name-dropping, especially English peerage, and paramours. All the names with little to distinguish them made it confusing at times. ( )
  JeffreyMarks | Jul 11, 2013 |
Had to give up on this one. Even as audiobook, it could not hold my attention. Too much background info rather than giving us a feel of the person. After 3 CDs (out of 18) I gave up. I may look into another Fleming bio at some point, but this one is not for me. ( )
  MashaK99 | Jun 11, 2013 |
First let me say, I did not finish this book. I was interested in Ian Fleming's role in WWII, how much espionage experience he had, and whether he really believed like his main character that women were simply toys to be used and discarded. So I read far enough to answer those questions. His role in Naval Intelligence was extensive, though at the administrative level. He had a very warped view of women and life in general, in my opinion. Now, I cannot blame the author of this book for my unwillingness to finish it, though I may say that I became bored with many of the tedious details and sidelights of people who came into the presence of Mr. Fleming. I think some readers would really enjoy that, especially if they are familiar with the personages of England in the early part of the last century. However, the life of Ian Fleming became very tedious to me. He was a user of people, self-centered and emotionally undeveloped as far as I can tell. Though I can accept that a man such as he could be fascinating to some, he's not to me and I'm not going to waste my time reading the rest of the book. I did find the chapters on the war years interesting though, and since that is why I bought it, I feel I've had my money's worth. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0297812998, Hardcover)

Sportsman, womaniser,naval commander,traveller,spy, Flemings own life was an obvious backdrop for his stories of the renowned 007. This book provides an insightinto the very private life of the man himself.

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Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, spy, the 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, as Lycett shows in this full-length biography of Ian Fleming.… (more)

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