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He tells us that child Fleming tries to get rich from ambergris, but doesn't tell us what it is.
To my mind, although Lycett's book is large and, in some ways, more honest than Pearson's, a definitive biography of Ian Fleming is yet to be written.
The majority of folks who will read this book will be Bond fans and frankly, most could begin reading on page 220 and not miss much at all.
This was an interesting look at a very complex character. Charismatic and rather unlikable all in one package. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barbara N. Petersen
Neatly written account of Bond creator who turns out to be foolish, self-important bystander in British secret service. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tony Gillotte
Interesting insight. Ian was somewhat a depressed individual, but he certainly knew how to write a good thriller unlike any other around at the time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by The MoonDuster
It's amazing to have a book this long, with a good index, with an author who had access to material others lacked, and still have it be so BLAH. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maria Beadnell
Ian Fleming's life, to hear some tell it, was extremely exciting. You'd be hard pressed to believe that if you read this book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by TruxtonSpangler
Imagine if someone collected 5,000 random facts and anecdotes from your life and then just arranged them chronologically in order without giving any real guidance or focus for what... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Jaha
This was a fantastic read. It took me a couple of chapters before I got into the flow of the book (hence why I rated this a 4 star not 5 star rating), but once the biography... Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by The Critic
Lycett gives great insight into Fleming's character and also the world he lived and wrote in. Also, this book gives a great overview of World War II and the Cold War. Read morePublished on April 3, 1999