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WW-II spy, the real-life James Bond

world Updated: Sep 23, 2012 23:42 IST

One of Britain’s greatest spies of World War II known by the code name ‘White Rabbit’ has been identified as the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s celebrated character James Bond, claims a new book.

A new biography of Wing Commander Forest ‘Tommy’ Yeo-Thomas claims that, like Bond, he surrounded himself with women and ruthlessly saw off his enemies.
It also suggests that many of his real-life adventures were recreated in Fleming's novels, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

Yeo-Thomas was parachuted into occupied France three times - after one mission reporting back directly to Prime Minister Winston Churchill - before being captured and tortured by the

Gestapo. He was taken to Buchenwald concentration camp but managed to escape and reach the Allied lines.
Historian Sophie Jackson discovered Yeo-Thomas' link to Bond in recently declassified documents at the National Archives, in West London.