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Dusko Popov (1912-1981): A Real James Bond

By: FSWL team
Into the Lions Mouth True Story of Dusko Popov
Publication of Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov, a new book written by Larry Loftis about a World War II Spy, Patriot, and possible Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond.

Book details:
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425281817
ISBN-13: 978-0425281819
Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches

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James Bond has nothing on British double agent Dusko Popov. As an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II, Popov seduced countless women including agents on both sides, spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat...

On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money which he had just stolen from the Germans belonged to the British. From the sideline, watching with intent interest was none other than Ian Fleming...

The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster, he was expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI.

On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-Day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway...

Into the Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man's entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov the inspiration for James Bond.

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(At the age of 50, Dusko Popov wedded Swedish student Jill Jonsson with whom he was married until his death in 1981. Together they got three sons. For more, check out the 2007 documentary True Bond.)

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"Larry Loftis has written a sensational book, telling a remarkable true story that few know, even those in the intelligence business. Written in the style of the best spy thrillers, the book is impossible to put down. A must read." – Michael Morell, CIA Director (acting 2011, 2012-13)

"For those wanting to know the real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, here it is. ... A work of non-fiction that's more thriller than biography. It's well-researched, but provides just enough historical background to prep us for Popov's dangerous exploits into espionage, politics and warfare." – USA Today

"Loftis recounts the exploits of the model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond character with great skill. ... Will have readers on the edge of their seats and immersed in this sometimes unbelievable tale." – Library Journal

"Sifting through declassified documents from World War II — as well as hotel bills, letters and long-forgotten memoirs — Loftis painstakingly pinpoints the exact moment Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, first encountered this real-life 007." – New York Post

"Sometimes truth is not only stranger, but more exciting than fiction. If one is an Ian Fleming aficionado and a World War II history buff, you will find Into the Lion's Mouth a merger of the most exciting and fascinating aspects of both genres. '007's' exploits in the fourteen James Bond books almost pale in comparison to the actual exploits of Dusko Popov." – Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, Former Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

"James Bond is not the amalgamation of several bits and parts from people like Frankenstein’s monster, but based on one individual ... Reads much like a novel, and a thrilling one at that." – The Big Thrill

"Finally puts to rest the mystery of who inspired Fleming's iconic character." – Digital Journal

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