Into the Lion’s Mouth The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot and the Real Life Inspiration for James Bond


By Larry Loftis

Dusko Popov was a wealthy, educated young man who lived in Yugoslavia at the outset of World War II.  Yugoslavia was neutral at the time, and he became a British double agent, that is, he became a spy for Germany, but his actual loyalty was as a spy for Britain.  He hated Nazism and Hitlerism and risked his life, and even his family’s lives, to oppose Nazism.  He is normally regarded as the greatest British double agent in history and perhaps the greatest spy in history.

He was often in danger during the war, and seemed to thrive on it.  He played a key role in the Allied victory, including deceiving the Germans about the timing and place of the Normandy invasion.

Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond novels that were later made into movies, was also a spy with MI6 during World War II.  He later created the James bond character and based it on Popov.  Like Bond, Popov was a charming, good-looking playboy, who was also a deadly spy.

Popov would survive the war and go on to be a highly successful international businessman.  Because his home country of Yugoslavia became Communist he was left without a country.  He lived mostly in France, but he became a British citizen.

This is the well-told story of Dusko Popov, written by the spy biographer, Larry Loftis.