By Russell Miller
A colorful portrait of a celebrated, glamorous and bold guy who epitomized every little thing in regards to the lifetime of a undercover agent — and used to be relatively very likely the foundation for James Bond.
A prosperous attorney, debonair girls’ guy, consummate actor, and brave gambler, Dusko Popov performed the position of playboy one of the best echelons of British society to develop into one among Germany’s such a lot relied on spies. actually, he was once one in all Britain’s such a lot winning double brokers and, a few say, the muse for James Bond.
With complete entry to FBI and MI5 files, besides deepest relatives papers, his fabulous adventures can now learn authoritatively for the 1st time. Recruited through the Abwehr in 1940, 27-year-old Popov instantly provided his prone to the British. His code-name was once Tricycle.
Throughout the struggle he fed the Germans with a continuing move of army “intelligence,” all vetted by way of MI5, and got here to be considered as their most crucial and trustworthy agent in Britain. but if he used to be ordered by way of the Abwehr to the USA to record at the defences at Pearl Harbor, J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, did not heed his warnings, distrusting all spies and detesting Popov particularly whom he thought of to be a “moral degenerate.”
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Ingenious and visionary, Montagu was a natural for intelligence work and dreamed up the famous ‘Man Who Never Was’ stunt later in the war, planting fake documents on a corpse floating in the Mediterranean to convince the Germans that Greece, not Italy, was the Allies’ next target. Montagu’s job was to assemble a cover story that would convince the Germans that Popov had been using his time diligently on their behalf during his brief trip to London and assure them he really was working as a spy.
Good even white teeth. Loose sensual mouth and thick lips. Has the appearance of being a Mongolian-Slav type with rather high cheek bones. Clean shaven. Hands rather podgy, white and well-manicured. Receding forehead and determined chin. Is broad shouldered and thick set. When walking his gait is long-strided and slightly rolling and is the very reverse of military. When talking he gesticulates freely with his hands. He dresses well but carelessly, trousers always seem too long for him, prefers white silk shirts with soft collars and fancy ties.
Mackenzie was fined £100 for breaching the Official Secrets Act and promptly put under surveillance by MI5. Back in London the day after Menzies’ party, Popov had another caller at the Savoy – Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, the naval intelligence officer on the XX Committee. A barrister and rising King’s Counsel in civilian life, Montagu had been recruited by Admiral John Godfrey, director of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Ingenious and visionary, Montagu was a natural for intelligence work and dreamed up the famous ‘Man Who Never Was’ stunt later in the war, planting fake documents on a corpse floating in the Mediterranean to convince the Germans that Greece, not Italy, was the Allies’ next target.