The Real James Bond Is Gone
Patrick Dalzel-Job, a British war hero who was apparently the inspiration for the character of James Bond (Bond creator Ian Fleming was his commander during part of World War Two), died yesterday at the age of 90.
This guy was apparently the real deal:
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.
I’d never heard of him until today. What a shame! His memoir of his wartime experiences with Fleming’s secret unit 30AU, entitled “Arctic Snow to Dust of Normandy: The Extraordinary Wartime Exploits of a Naval Special Agent“, is apparently still in print; I’m gonna have to check it out.