Books: 007 Lives!

JAMES BOND, THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY

by JOHN PEARSON 317 pages. Morrow. $7.95.

Old 007 is back again, courtesy of the late Ian Fleming's official biographer, John Pearson—but with a twist.

It is this book's pretense that there actually was (and is) a James Bond, whose real life corresponds startlingly with Fleming's "fiction." Run to earth in Bermuda and interviewed by Pearson, the real Bond is slightly older than he was at his last appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun (1965). He still has his gun-metal cigarette case, however, and that laconic, infallible way with svelte women and gross villains. Those vodka martinis...

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