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True Bond (2007) documentary on Swedish Television

By: Anders Frejdh
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Swedish channel SVT1 will broadcast the documentary True Bond in conjunction with the centenary celebrations of Ian Fleming's birthday.

James Bond is a worldwide icon, but is Ian Fleming's creation based on a real character? This documentary profile the wartime exploits of Dusko Popov, a double-agent who worked for Britain and the U.S. against Germany, and reveals how Fleming used his imagination to weave the adventures of Popov and others into "Casino Royale" and subsequent James Bond stories.

Includes clips from Bond films and classified wartime footage, plus interviews with MI6 figures, Popov's son, Hilary Saltzman (daughter of James Bond producer Harry Saltzman), David Giammarco (actor and author of the best-selling book "For Your Eyes Only: Behind the Scenes of the James Bond Films"), Andrew Lycett (Ian Fleming biographer), and other experts on the clandestine world of Ian Fleming and the James Bond films.

The True Bond documentary

Information on True Bond

Director: Jane Armstrong
Year of release: 2007
Running time: 52 min
Screenwriter: Michael Lavoie, Gary Lang
Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Country: Canada

True Bond documentary
A scene from the True Bond documentary. Copyright CanWest MediaWorks. All rights reserved.

Editor's note:
In 1962, Dusko Popov married a Swedish student, Jill Jonsson, with whom he had three sons.

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