Operation Mincemeat features a young Ian Fleming writing James Bond, but the inspiration behind the spy story goes far beyond the call of duty.
Spy shows and movies are undoubtedly thrilling and biting, but they can have an even greater sense of tension when these covert operations are actually based on real-life historical missions.
Yesterday May 11andNetflix US has released Operation Mincemeat, a film directed by Colin Firth about the incredible ruse the Allied forces played against Hitler’s Axis army in Southern Europe.
With tens of thousands of soldiers’ lives at stake, as well as the fate of occupied Europe, Operation Mincemeat shines a light on countless heroes who, until now, have mostly remained in the shadows. .. including James Bond author Ian Fleming.
Ian Fleming is an integral part of Operation Mincemeat
As a movie, Operation Mincemeat is outstanding and an easy recommendation for any movie buff who enjoys stories of war, espionage, or high-profile politics.
From the fictional Billy and Pam to the very real Ewen Montagu and Charles Cholmondeley, the film brings much-needed awareness to the men and women who fought a successful covert war against the Nazi war machine.
One of the members of the Twenty Committee who organized Operation Mincemeat was none other than the legendary British author Ian Fleming, who is best known for creating the James Bond series and who at the time worked as a personal assistant to the cons -Admiral John Godfrey.
Although never officially confirmed, historian Ben Macintyre Remarks that the original plan to trick the Axis forces into Operation Mincemeat, known as Number 28, “wore all the hallmarks” of young Lieutenant Commander Fleming – a point made in the film.
As the film continues, Fleming can be seen writing a “spy story” whenever he gets a moment of peace in the bustling war rooms of London; even penning a copy as the team awaited word of the operation’s eventual success.
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Ian Fleming was a prominent naval intelligence officer and, as with many iconic spy stories, was inspired by the people and events he experienced during World War II.
In the opening minutes of Operation Mincemeat, the characters recount how Godfrey (Fleming’s boss at the time) was known as M. This was because Godfrey is the only person as terrifying as his mother and ultimately, ‘M’ has become famous in its own right as the name of James Bond’s boss of the famous spy series.
However, the film goes further by alluding to how Allied cunning inspired various aspects of the Bond series. While discussing what items should be in the dead man’s pocket, Fleming plays with a watch that has rotating saws on the side…
A spy receiving advice on gadgets from a mysterious engineer in a basement with experimental tech on the walls…that’s surely the clearest indication that this might have been the inspiration behind the fellow inventor of Bond gadgets, Q!
Despite these “easter eggs”, the most fascinating aspect of Operation Mincemeat’s impact on Fleming, and therefore the James Bond series, is not even part of the film.
In 1940, several years before Operation Mincemeat, Fleming was commissioned to design a plan to place allied forces in Spain after a possible alliance with Germany. Fleming’s plan was eventually abandoned as the Nazis failed to occupy Spain which acted neutral during this stage of the war; as shown several times during the recent movie.
The name of this abandoned mission… Operation GOLDENEYE!
Yes, the (questionable) name of best James Bond movie was originally an operation created by author Ian Fleming during WWII… it also became the name of his Jamaican house where he wrote most of the Bond novels.
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang follow Hitler’s plans
If you ever have a free afternoon or even a few free minutes on your commute, spend that time researching Ian Fleming.
Not only was he one of the most interesting personalities of his generation of military strategists, but his life before and after the war is certainly worth your attention. Perhaps his most surprising achievement, however, is the fact that he created the story of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang!
Flemish published the children’s novel in 1964 for his son Caspar, which was later loosely adapted into his own film in 1968 with the help of another famous author, Roald Dahl, as the screenplay helmer.
Ian Fleming certainly had a legacy to rival any writer in history; however, his participation in Operation Mincemeat and other special missions carried out by the British Navy Intelligence Team is an unrivaled legacy…Fleming ultimately helped turn Hitler’s plans for Europe into Chitty -Chitty-Bang-Bang himself.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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