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Audio book (18 CD's) of Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond

By: FSWL team
Ian fleming man behind james bond audio book
The audio book version of Andrew Lycett's Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond is read by Simon Vance and published by Blackstone in the UK.

Sportsman, womanizer, naval commander, world-traveler, and spy, the creator of the Cold War’s archetypal secret agent was infinitely more complex and interesting than his iconic fictional character, Agent 007.

Fleming's wide-ranging and exciting life inevitably provided the plausible backdrop for his Bond novels.

Highly regarded in British naval intelligence for his international contacts, he master-minded numerous top secret operations, including “Golden Eye,” which is uncovered here for the first time. He was also fundamental in shaping the prototype CIA.

Two months before his wedding to Ann O'Neill, the widow of a friend with whom he’d carried on a passionate affair for fifteen years, Fleming sat down to write his first book, Casino Royale, in order to soothe his nerves. Thus began the long line of Bond novels for which he would earn lasting fame.

“A rich life story is matched with an ideal reader. Andrew Lycett’s literate, well researched biography of Ian Fleming…is an absorbing account of one of the most fascinating figures of popular culture. Lycett’s sure grasp of the Bond novels also allows him to refer to pertinent and familiar scenes that reflect Fleming’s many travels and earlier experiences. Robert Whitfield narrates the text in clear, crisp BBC English…[The] story is served well by a reader whose performance connotes a patrician equanimity and style.” — AudioFile

“A thoroughly researched, definitive portrayal of a complex man. Lycett has also succeeded in separating the author from the Bond phenomenon, while putting both in the context of their times.” — Library Journal

Audio book details:
Number of discs: 18 audio CD's
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1441746943
ISBN-13: 978-1441746948
Dimensions: 15 x 13.6 x 4.8 cm

About the author:
Andrew Lycett received a history degree from Oxford University before becoming a journalist at the Sunday Times (London), where he served as a foreign correspondent in Africa and the Middle East. He continues to be a regular contributor to the Times and to a wide range of other newspapers and magazines. His previous acclaimed biographies include lives of Muammar Qadaffi, Ian Fleming, and Rudyard Kipling. He lives in London.

Other editions of Andrew Lycett's Ian Fleming on From Sweden With Love:
>Ian Fleming (UK hardcover, October 1995)
>Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond (US hardback, April 1996)
>Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond (UK paperback, November 1996)
>Ian Fleming (UK paperback, July 2012)

Editor's note:
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