The real-life inspiration for Bond
James Bond: The True Story Five, 8pm
ON FEBRUARY 17, 1952, Ian Fleming sat down at his typewriter in Jamaica to write 'the spy story to end all spy stories'.
The central character would become one of the world's most popular fictional creations – James Bond.
Fleming would go on to write 12 novels featuring his superspy – each one a blend of intrigue, escapism, sex and violence.
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However, it was the film series that truly assured 007's place as an icon. Sean Connery's turn as the secret agent kick-started the longest running franchise in British film history.
But is James Bond purely a fairytale? Expert Henry Chancellor, for one, believes Fleming 'may have written fiction, but 95 per cent of it was based on fact filtered through the prism of his imagination and then polished up a bit'.
A large part of Bond, he claims, came from Fleming himself. His wartime career in naval intelligence meant he was intimately acquainted with the ways of the secret service, embarking on numerous top secret missions to the US, France, Spain and North Africa.
The documentary also delves into the war records of two other men who may have inspired
the Bond character.
One is Patrick Dalzel-Job, a naval officer who led wartime missions in Norway before serving with Fleming in France and Germany as part of the covert unit.
The other is Fleming's elder brother Peter, who also served in Second World War missions in Norway, Greece and Asia.