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Real-life Bond spied on Cold War Poland
    2020-09-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A BRITISH agent named James Bond was posted to Poland two years after the first Bond film came out, according to newly published archives from Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance.

Bond arrived in Warsaw on Feb. 18, 1964 and his official position was archivist at the British Embassy, according to documents from Poland’s counter-intelligence service.

The Bond described in the documents bears little resemblance to his eponymous fictional counterpart, best known for his fondness for vodka martinis and womanizing.

Polish agents noted that Bond was “interested in women” but was “very careful” and did not make any contact with Polish citizens, according to the documents published on Facebook last week. The institute said he was “a low-level operative with a high-profile name.”

In October and November 1964 he attempted to travel to “military installations” in Bialystok and Olsztyn in northeastern Poland, close to the border of the then Soviet Union. Apparently unsuccessful, the real-life Bond left Poland on Jan. 21, 1965.

Bond writer Ian Fleming, himself a former agent, always said he came up with the name of his hero from a book about Caribbean birds by U.S. ornithologist James Bond. (SD-Agencies)

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