James Bond is een Nederlander

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De meest Britse aller filmpersonages, James Bond, is gebaseerd op een Nederlander. De Nederlander Pieter Tazelaar werkte in 1941 voor de Britse geheime dienst, MI-6. 007 heeft verdacht veel trekjes van hem overgenomen.

Dat staat in het dinsdag gepresenteerde boek MI-6-The History Of The Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949, van professor Keith Jersey. Hij schreef een boek over de geschiedenis van de organisatie, waarvan de eigen bazen het bestaan tot in de jaren negentig ontkenden.

In de pageturner staat beschreven hoe Pieter Tazelaar in november 1941 aankwam op het strand van Scheveningen. Hij droeg een speciaal wetsuit, met daaronder een keurig jasje. Zo kon hij direct zijn opwachting maken in het casino, alwaar hij volop mengde tussen de mensen. Een scène die later op het witte doek te zien was in de Bondfilm Goldfinger met Sean Connery in de titelrol. Connery draagt alleen wat explosieven bij zich. HIj schakelt ook nog een wachtpost uit, terwijl hij aan land gaat en een opslag laat ontploffen.

Tazelaar zijn avonturen bestrijken hiermee meerdere titels. Ook gedeeltes van de film Soldaat van Oranje zijn op zijn belevenissen gebaseerd. In werkelijkheid voltooide Hazelaar als geheim agent meerdere missies naar h

Het lijvige boek van 800 pagina's beschrijft de werkzaamheden van de spionnendienst. Auteur Jersey deed er ruim vier jaar over om zijn boek te voltooien. Hij kreeg toegang tot een gedeelte van de archieven van her majesty's secret service.

Hij schrijft dat er bij de dienst heel wat werknemers rondliepen die 'veel interessanter zijn dan James Bond'. Wat volgt zijn verhalen over

Revelations ... new book

Revelations ... new book


But it has now emerged that 007 James Bond was partly inspired by the wartime heroics of a DUTCHMAN.

The shock revelation is contained in a new book, MI6 - The History Of The Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949.

The 800-page work by historian Professor Keith Jeffery is the first official record of the organisation, which bosses did not even admit existed until the Nineties.

It tells how Dutch secret agent Pieter Tazelaar was working for British intelligence in November 1941.

The spy came ashore at Scheveningen in Nazi-occupied Holland, wearing a specially designed wetsuit over his smart dinner jacket.

One of his comrades even dabbed him with drops of expensive brandy "to strengthen his party-goer's image".

Tazelaar - raised in the land of tulips, dykes and clogs - then entered a casino and began mingling with unsuspecting revellers.

The remarkable scene was later re-created by Sean Connery in the classic Bond film Goldfinger.

In the movie Bond emerges from the water in a wetsuit before knocking out a guard, planting some explosives and unzipping his suit to reveal an immaculate dinner jacket underneath.

Good call ... MI6 phone-tapping in the Second World War

Good call ... MI6 phone-tapping in the Second World War

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The suave super-spy then walks into a bar, looks at his watch and calmly lights a cigarette, just as storage tanks behind him burst into flames.

The book also sheds more light on some of the real-life British spies who inspired Bond creator Sir Ian Fleming.

One is Wilfred Dunderdale, a close friend of the author. He was nicknamed Biffy because of his prowess as a boxer while serving in the Navy during the First World War.

The book says: "A man of great charm and savoir-faire, in old age he became an incorrigible raconteur.

"He was a great friend of Ian Fleming and claimed that he found parts of his own stories in the James Bond novels.

Great feet ... shoes with special compartments

Great feet ... shoes with special compartments

"When head of the SIS Paris station in the Thirties, he had a penchant for pretty women and fast cars, and has been proposed as one of the possible models for Bond."

Another apparent inspiration for the movie icon - who put in one of his best known appearances in Live And Let Die - was Air Commodore Lionel "Lousy" Payne.

After working for air intelligence, he quit in 1938 and became a journalist.

He later approached MI5, the counter-intelligence and UK security agency, looking for a job and was passed on to SIS, who rejected him as "not thought suitable".

According to the book, intelligence chiefs added that he also had "some strange friends but is often well informed, probably due to the fact that information is more readily obtained in bed".

Corker of an idea ... hidden hiding place in top of jar

Corker of an idea ... hidden hiding place in top of jar

Professor Jeffery, an academic at Queen's University in Belfast, said: "The real James Bonds are more interesting than the fictional James Bond because they are real people.

"If you want the real James Bonds, they're all in the book."

The existence of a real-life Q - one of the best-loved characters in the 007 films, famously played by Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese among others - is also confirmed in the book which went on sale yesterday.

Just like his movie alter ego, the actual MI6 gadget guru invented ingenious devices to defeat the enemy. The book says: "An experienced army quartermaster colonel with the designation Q was brought."

Among the devices Q was asked to come up with were silent guns, a knock-out tablet, drugged cigarettes and an exploding filing cabinet.

And like the Bond films, some of the inventions did not quite come off. One was the use of bear or cheetah fat to scare off tracking dogs.

Previously secret papers published in the book say: "During the last war, a piece of bear fat was obtained and offered to a dog. It was eaten faster than a week's meat ration."


The book also claims that James Bond's famous "licence to kill" was a myth. MI6 agents were given weapons only to be used in self-defence, it says.

Prof Jeffery was given unprecedented access to top-secret MI6 files, and spent four-and-a-half years researching them. The book was set in motion by Sir John Scarlett when he was head of MI6.

Yesterday he said: "For MI6 this is an exceptional event. There has never been anything like it and there are no plans for something similar in the future. It will provide informed understanding and public debate about MI6."

And it will definitely leave you shaken and stirre

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