James Bond aficionados all around the world were saddened this weekend to learn of the death of English biographer John George Pearson, who penned – among other works – the authoritative account of the life of series creator Ian Fleming.
Pearson’s death was announced by his granddaughter Lydia, according to Bond fan website 007travelers.com.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of my grandfather, John George Pearson at the age of 91,” Lydia declared.
According to the author’s family, he died peacefully at home whilst “surrounded by all the love in the world.”
Pearson’s granddaughter also invited fans of his work to submit comments and recollections that would ultimately be shared with the rest of his family, and she added, “reading all the kind emails and comments that we receive has been a wonderful way to see how much he was admired and loved outside of our family and will certainly be a great source of comfort.”
Born in Surrey, England in 1930, Pearson was best known for authoring the first biography of Fleming, The Life of Ian Fleming, which was published in 1966.
That endeavor would not be his last professional involvement related to the Bond franchise, however, as he also was tapped to serve as the third official author in the fictional series, writing James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007, described as a “first-person biography of the fictional agent James Bond.”
Pearson was also an accomplished author in the “true crime” genre, having written The Profession of Violence, which chronicled the life and times of Ronnie and Reggie Kray, two of England’s most notoriously brutal gangsters, a book that was ultimately followed by The Cult of Violence:The Untold Story of the Krays and Notorious: The Immortal Legend of the Kray Twins.
During an interview earlier this year with journalist Matthew Field, Pearson looked back on his career with pride, saying, “my books and my family are my legacy,” a conclusion with which any writer would surely feel most gratified and one that hopefully brings a sense of peace to the loved ones he leaves behind.