A spy named after the legendary character codenamed 007 existed in the British secret services and had at least one detachment right behind the Iron Curtain, specifically in Poland. He completed his mission in just one year, without any heroic deeds like those of the agent imagined by writer Ian Fleming. The information comes as James Bond fans look forward to “No Time to Die”, the new film in the 1962 “No No” saga.
According to archive documents recently published by the Polish Institute of National Memory (INP), Poland was spied on in the mid-1960s and 1970s by a British agent named James Albert Bond. He officially held the position of archivist at the British Embassy in Warsaw, but in reality had to obtain information on military matters.
Documents published by the INP show that James Albert Bond arrived in Warsaw on February 18, 1964, two years after the release of “No” and 11 years after the publication of the first book dedicated to 007, “Casino Royale”. Unlike the character in the film, James Albert Bond did not stand out for his heroic actions, as noted by the Polish counterintelligence. Although he also showed “interest in women”, he was “very cautious” and did not come into contact with any Polish citizens. He tried to infiltrate two military bases, in Bialystok in October 1964, and in Olsztyn a month later, but without success. The two bases were located at the time near the border with the former Soviet Union, which dominated the communist Eastern bloc in rivalry with Western capitalists. James Albert Bond left Poland in 1965. Polish counterintelligence described him as “a low-level agent with a highly publicized name.”
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Despite this description, many wonder if his name inspired Ian Fleming, also a former British spy. Or James Albert Bond was born on January 30, 1928, four years later than the one advanced so far in the case of the birth of the British writer’s hero. Throughout his life, Ian Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) always claimed that his character owed its name to an American ornithologist. Unsuccessful at first, books about Agent 007 enjoyed great success after former US President John F. Kennedy included “From Russia with Love” (1957) – the fifth novel in the 12th series – to his list of favorite works. .
Screenings of novels starring James Bond have been successful worldwide. Six actors have played him in the 24 screenings so far: Sean Connery (1962-1967; 1971; 1983), George Lazenby (1969), Roger Moore (1973-1985), Timothy Dalton (1987-1989), Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002) and Daniel Craig (2006-present). The last film on this list is “Specter”, released in 2015. The 25th screening, “No Time to Die”, is expected on November 20, after being postponed in March due to the new coronavirus. In “No Time to Die,” Bond, retired from Jamaica, is recalled on a final mission to save a scientist abducted by “evil people.” “No Time to Die” is the fifth and final film with 52-year-old Daniel Craig as the famous spy. Manufacturers have not yet announced who the new James Bond will be.