Inspiration Behind James Bond Dies
A British war hero, said to have been the inspiration behind secret
agent James Bond, has died aged 90, British newspapers reported
Former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Patrick Dalzel-Job carried
out a series of daring exploits behind enemy lines during the Second
World War including some while serving under author Ian Fleming,
who created the 007 character.
Although he never claimed to be the real James Bond, Fleming had
told him he was the model for the heroic spy, the Guardian newspaper
Dalzel-Job's real life adventures certainly read like a James Bond
novel. In one of most daring exploits in 1940, he disobeyed orders
to rescue all the women, children and elderly residents from the
Norwegian town of Narvik in local boats just before it was destroyed
in a German bombing raid.
He only avoided a court martial after the King of Norway sent his
personal thanks and awarded him the Knight's Cross of St Olav. Later
in the war he commanded a team in one Fleming's undercover units
which worked far ahead of allied lines in France and Germany.
He recounted tales of his wartime achievements in his memoir "From
Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy."
However unlike the woman-chasing 007, Dalzel-Job returned to Norway
after the war to marry a schoolgirl he had met there as a child.
He even shunned the Bond films.
"I prefer the quiet life now. When you have led such an exciting
life you don't need to see a fictional account of it," the
Guardian quoted him as saying.
LONDON (Reuters) 15th October, 2003