Operation Mincemeat has a young Ian Fleming drafting James Bond, but the inspiration behind the spy story goes beyond the call of duty.
Spy series and movies are undoubtedly exciting and nail -biting, but they can have a greater sense of tension if the covert operations are based on real -life historical missions.
Yesterday, May 11ththNetflix US has released Operation Mincemeat, a film directed by Colin Firth about the extraordinary deception played out by Hitler’s Axis army allied forces in Southern Europe.
With the lives of thousands of soldiers on the line, as well as the fate of occupied Europe, Operation Mincemeat sheds light on the countless heroes who to this day, remain largely in the shadows… including the author of James Bond, Ian Fleming.
Ian Fleming’s integral part of Operation Mincemeat
As a film, Operation Mincemeat is unique and a quick recommendation for any movie lover who enjoys stories of war, espionage or high -ranking politics.
From the fictional Billy and Pam, to the real Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley, the film brings a well -deserved insight into the men and women who have successfully fought the secret war against the Nazi war machine.
One of the members of the Twenty Committee that organized Operation Mincemeat was none other than the legendary British author Ian Fleming, who was best known for producing the James Bond series and at the time, worked as Rear Admiral John’s personal assistant. Godfrey.
Although not yet officially confirmed, historian Ben Macintyre says the original plan to deceive Axis forces into Operation Mincemeat, known as Number 28, “carried all indications” of the young- Lieutenant Commander Fleming – a point seen in the film.
As the film progresses, Fleming is seen writing a “spy story” whenever he can have a moment of peace in London’s busy war rooms; even drafting a copy while the team awaits word on the final success of the operation.
Is ‘Operation Goldeneye’ ringing any bells?
Ian Fleming was a well -known naval intelligence officer and, as was the case with many spy story images, was inspired by the people and events he experienced during the second world war.
During the first two minutes of the movie Operation Mincemeat, the characters talk about how Godfrey (Fleming’s boss at the time) was known as M. This is because Godfrey is the only person who can be as scary as his mother and eventually , ‘M. ‘became famous in its own right as the name as James Bond’s boss from the famous spy series.
However, the film goes on to reveal how allied deception inspired various aspects of the Bond series. When talking about things that should have been in the deceased person’s pocket, Fleming was playing with a watch with rotating side saws…
A spy takes gadget advice from a mysterious engineer in a basement with experimental technology plastering the walls… this is sure to be the clearest indication that it could be inspired behind the fellow who -invented Bond’s gadget, Q!
Despite these ‘Easter Eggs’, the most interesting aspect of Operation Mincemeat’s impact on Fleming and therefore, the James Bond series, is really not even part of the film.
In 1940, a few years before Operation Mincemeat, Fleming was put in charge of overseeing a plan to place allied forces within Spain following a possible alliance with Germany. Fleming’s plan was eventually thwarted because the Nazis did not occupy Spain acting neutral at this stage of the war; as stated several times in the recent film.
The name of this shelved mission is… Operation GOLDENEYE!
Yes, the name of (debatably) the best James Bond movie was originally an operation done by writer Ian Fleming during World War 2… it also became the name of his home in Jamaica where he wrote most Bond novels.
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang followed Hitler’s plans
If you have a free afternoon or even just a few minutes on your commute to work, take that time to research Ian Fleming.
Not only was he one of the most interesting personalities of his generation in military strategists, but his life before and after the war deserves your attention. However, the most amazing thing he did was the fact that he did the Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang story!
Fleming published the children’s novel in 1964 for his son Caspar, which was previously slowly adapted into his own film in 1968 with the help of another famous author, Roald Dahl, as head of the screenplay.
Ian Fleming certainly has a legacy the opposite of any writer of history; however, his participation in Operation Mincemeat and other special missions carried out by the British Navy intelligence team was an unparalleled legacy… Fleming eventually helped make Hitler’s plans for Europe to be Chitty -Chitty-Bang-Bang itself.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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