Friday, September 14, 2007
James Bond was a Canuck!!!
Ever heard of the Uncle John's Bathroom Readers . Hubby is addicted to them, They are big books filled with various sizes of stories. Some a page, others a few pages depending on the length of your visit to the loo.
Hubby just brought it down for me to read and there is a story in there about a man named William Stevenson. Born William Samuel Clouston Stanger, January 23, 1897 in the Point Douglas area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. An inventor, industrialist, and the father of modern espionage. Some believe that if it wasn't for him the Germans might have won WWII. (From what I understand, he broke the highly secret Enigma code the German's used) He also worked under the code name Intrepid and founded 'Camp X'. A spy training center, in Ontario Canada, which has founded countless tales of assassinations, clandestine activities, guerrilla armies, resistance support, and suicide missions.
According to what I read he moved to Jamacia after the war and retold some of his adventures to a friend of his.(Ian Fleming!) Sir William died in Bermuda in 1989 at the age of 93.
"James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is ...William Stephenson" -- Ian Fleming, The Times, October 21, 1962.
I thought that was pretty amazing, back to my edits.....