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Inspiration for James Bond revealed?

A British spy named Forest “Tommy” Yeo-Thomas, who went by the code name White Rabbit, has been identified as the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s James Bond.

The two men worked in different units – Yeo-Thomas for the Special Operations Executive and Fleming in the Naval Intelligence Division – and this is the first time a connection has been established between them.

Miss Jackson, a former editor of History Magazine, said that the link – along with remarkable similarities in the characters of Yeo-Thomas and Bond, as well as echoes between the escapades of the real life and fictional spy – supports the idea that Fleming based his character on the agent.

“It shows that Fleming was interested in the case of Yeo-Thomas and had been following it,” she added. “Fleming picked up the story and was interested in it.

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Story: Jasper Copping, The Telegraph | Photo: Imperial War Museum

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