April 29, 2016

TODAY 1944, MI6 London received an unusual delivery—a diplomatic bag originating from Lisbon containing cash. A lot of cash. Fifty thousand dollars (about $700,000 today), to be precise.

April 26, 2016

What's the secret of sex appeal?  Countless studies for years have confirmed that confidence is the most alluring trait of a man.  Add to that Hollywood attractiveness, money, charm, and intelligence, and the recipe for animal magnetism is said to be complete.  Yet, wh...

April 23, 2016




In old Hollywood's greatest movie, Casablanca, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) had a short but passionate romance with Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in Paris in 1940, just before the German invasion.  Against all odds, the two would meet again in Morocco in December 1941...

April 20, 2016

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"Give me the secret ink von Karsthoff gave you," Abwehr agent Johann Jebsen said to Dusko Popov in Rome on November 21, 1940.  Popov did and watched as Johnny poured it out.  "We have a new and better formula," Jebsen said, "with...

April 15, 2016

If there is any item synonymous with 007, it is the car.  After all, who can forget the classic image of Sean Connery and that beautiful Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger?


That MI6 agent Dusko Popov was Ian Fleming's inspiration for James Bond is beyond question; it was w...

April 13, 2016

After the iconic beach scene from Dr. No, perhaps no other image conjures up visions of James Bond more than a casino.  For Ian Fleming, however, the order would probably be reversed.  The first words of the Bond world, we must remember, came on this date, 1953, in Cas...

April 6, 2016

On this day, 1941, two spies dined at Horcher's, one of Madrid's finest restaurants.  Abwehr agent Johnny Jebsen was to let British double agent Dusko Popov know how things were going, and, in particular, how agent IVAN's (Popov's German code name) last report was rece...

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