Most guys on this planet enjoy a good spy flick!! i know I do. When I think of the most famous spy of all time I think of James Bond. I was shocked to find out that the character was based on a Serb!!!!
Ian Fleming, a wealthy Brit, was always intrigued by espionage. He failed to meet military service requirements and became a writer for Reuters. He earned fame and respect for his writings on the “show trials” in Russia of several Royal Engineers on espionage charges. He was fascinated by a Serbian double agent named Dusan “Dusko” Popov, nicknamed Tricycle. He wrote a number of books and soon had them on the big screen. The first film was released in 1962 and has turned into the longest continually-running film series in history and the second largest grossing series behind only Harry Potter. Fleming chose the name James Bond after a real life author of “The Birds of the West Indies”. He is said to have selected it because it was the dullest name he could find. Fleming lived a very unhealthy life. It is said that he smoke 70 cigarettes a day and drank a bottle of gin. He had a famous quote “i will not waste my days in trying to prolong them. He died of a heart attack at the age of 56. His last words were to the ambulance crew ” I am sorry to bother you chaps”.
Born in 1912 to a wealthy Serbian family in Austro-Hungary (present day Serbia), Popov had an older brother that worked as a double agent. Popov spoke fluent German and was recruited to work for the Nazi intelligence group, Abwehr…. He notified his friend in British intelligence because he had a secret hatred for the Nazis. He signed him up to work for their intelligence agency, MI-6 or Military Intelligence , Section 6. He provided the Nazis just enough APPROVED material to keep them happy and shared numerous bits of info to the Allies. He was very well paid and developed a playboy lifestyle. He loved to live the high life and is said to have developed the code name Tricycle because his love for threesome sex. 🙂 hahahaha..
Info on Pearl Harbor attacks…..
In 1941, Popov was sent to the USA by Abwehr to create a new German network. He was provided lots of money and the intelligence questionnaire (list of secret German intelligence targets, later published as the appendix in the book THE DOUBLE CROSS SYSTEM. One page of the questionnaire was devoted to US defense at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. It also mentioned the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. He provided this info to J.Edgar Hoover of the FBI on August 12, 1941. Hoover either didn’t pass on the information to his superiors or they didn’t take it as a serious threat. Hoover had always been highly suspicious of Popov and at one point attempted to charge Popov under the Mann Act for taking a woman from New York to Florida. The Mann Act was implemented in 1910 to combat human trafficking or slavery. 🙂
Who knows if things would have been any different but the USA lost 2,402 military personnel and civilians on Sunday, December 7th, 1941. This date will forever be remembered by Americans throughout the country. This is one more instance of Serbian kindness and friendship to the United States of America. One day our friendship will return!!! 🙂