The Real-Life Spy Behind the James Bond 007 Series

James Bond is one of the most legendary characters in film witnessed over the past several decades. In 1953 when the character of James Bond came to fruition in Ian Fleming’s novels under the code name 007, many were unaware that the inspiration for the character came from Serbian double agent, Duško Popov. Author Larry Loftis shares a detailed account of his life and career in the MI6 in his spy thriller, INTO THE LION’S MOUTH.

Larry Loftis is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the nonfiction spy thrillers THE PRINCESS SPY: The True Story of World War II Spy Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones; CODE NAME: LISE: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy; and INTO THE LION’S MOUTH: The True Story of Dusko Popov—World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond.

Loftis joins host Fred Burton to discuss:

  • The level of detail that went into researching Duško Popov over the course of 18 months.
  • The meaning behind MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom, and how the Official Secrets Act impacted Popov’s work.
  • What makes Popov such a powerful character to depict in James Bond films over the decades and questions Loftis would ask the spy if he were alive today.