Hervie Haufler at the Warfare History Network offers a piece that looks back on how the adventures of a British Intelligence officer named Ian Fleming (seen in the above and photos) during World War II fueled his creation of the iconic fictional secret agent James Bond.
Some accounts of Ian Fleming’s life make it seem that only at the age of 44, as an antidote to the shock of finally agreeing to get married, did he suddenly commit himself to the unplanned task of creating his James Bond novels. In actuality, he had declared his interest in writing thriller-type books as early as the age of 20, when he confided to his friend Ivar Bryce that this was his lifetime goal. Even that early he had begun collecting incidents and experiences that he could later weave into his 13-book saga of James Bond.
Most particularly, Fleming relied on his richly varied participation in World War II as source material for Bond’s exploits. Rather than tie his hero to history, though, he made Bond current by involving him in the Allies’ Cold War struggle against the Soviet Union.
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You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Ian Fleming and his 30 Assault Unit commando group in WWII exploits via the below link: