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Hitler’s rocket scientists inspired Bond’s Moonraker

world Updated: Sep 22, 2009 01:30 IST

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Adolf Hitler’s rocket scientists and a shadowy army snatch squad could be some of the real-life events which probably inspired Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel Moonraker, a new research has claimed.

According to the research, Moonraker’s plot about a villain who acquires nuclear-rocket technology was inspired by Fleming’s “real-life experiences” in a secretive army unit towards the end of World War II, the Daily Mail reported.

Fleming set up and worked with Target-Force, whose job was to bring Nazi rocket scientists to Britain before they were captured by the advancing Russians.

Now, in his research, military historian Sean Longden has revealed some uncanny resemblances between Fleming’s work and the plot of Moonraker, in which evil villain Sir Hugo Drax tries to destroy London.

Drax works on the Moonraker rocket project for the British. This was similar to ‘Operation Backfire’, a British project to test German V2 rockets, which T-Force was involved with by recovering missiles during World War II.