The Life of Ian Fleming

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The Life of Ian Fleming is a biography of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond and author of the children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The biography was written by John Pearson, Fleming’s assistant at the London Sunday Times, in 1966. Pearson later wrote the official, fictional-biography James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007 in 1973. The Life of Ian Fleming was one of the first biographies of Ian Fleming and is considered a collectible book by many James Bond fans, since Pearson would become the third, official James Bond author.

Future editions of the The Life of Ian Fleming were altered after film producer Kevin McClory alleged that parts of the biography were untrue regarding the novel and film rights to Thunderball.

The 1967 American paperback edition was retitled Alias James Bond—The Life of Ian Fleming. No other edition has this title.