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

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

Larry Loftis / Sep 23, 2019

Into the Lion s Mouth The True Story of Dusko Popov World War II Spy Patriot and the Real Life Inspiration for James Bond It s time the world knew there was a REAL James Bond This narrative nonfiction thriller published by Penguin Random House reveals with hard evidence for the first time the man who unquestionably inspi

  • Title: Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond
  • Author: Larry Loftis
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  • It s time the world knew there was a REAL James Bond This narrative nonfiction thriller published by Penguin Random House reveals with hard evidence for the first time the man who unquestionably inspired Ian Fleming s iconic character A daring MI6 double agent who made Bond look timid Classified for decades by Britain s Official Secrets Act A spy who saved It s time the world knew there was a REAL James Bond This narrative nonfiction thriller published by Penguin Random House reveals with hard evidence for the first time the man who unquestionably inspired Ian Fleming s iconic character A daring MI6 double agent who made Bond look timid Classified for decades by Britain s Official Secrets Act A spy who saved D Day and warned of Pearl Harbor Plunging himself time and again INTO THE LION S MOUTH If you are a fan of thrillers this one just happens to be true , WWII military history especially D Day and Pearl Harbor , espionage Popov was an agent for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and the FBI or just want to know what really happened in CASINO ESTORIL which Fleming re created as CASINO ROYALE , this is your book Yes, Bond fans, the REAL James Bond had girlfriends, lovers including the enemy , intrigue, and world travel than Ian Fleming s creation As Tom Colgan famously Tom Clancy s editor said after editing the manuscript, It s a good thing this is nonfiction because it s too incredible to be a novel From 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 384 pages Published June 14th 2016 by Berkley More Details ASIN B016JPTHWG Edition Language English Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Into the Lions Mouth, please sign up

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wanted him to investigate Included in this document were questions about the layout, makeup, etc of the Pearl Harbor base Even though there was no date involved, the interest of the Axis powers was obvious but Hoover never forwarded a complete copy of the questionnaire to Roosevelt.6 10 flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2017 Kay rated it it was ok Shelves espionage, biogr memoir, nonfiction, world_war_ii Intriguing, but not in the way intended What a wasted opportunity So much research went into this book, yet the resulting narrative was disjointed, muddied, and for me at times downright annoying Listen, I understand that writing an account of such complex events which enmeshed scores of people many of whom went by several names , spanned several continents, and involved multiple warring nations as well as neutral nations such as Spain and Portugal and their diplomatic and intelligenc Intriguing, but not in the way intended What a wasted opportunity So much research went into this book, yet the resulting narrative was disjointed, muddied, and for me at times downright annoying Listen, I understand that writing an account of such complex events which enmeshed scores of people many of whom went by several names , spanned several continents, and involved multiple warring nations as well as neutral nations such as Spain and Portugal and their diplomatic and intelligence services must have been an extremely challenging task Not to mention that super spy Dusko Popov, the subject of Larry Loftis book, was a complex person Yet the task of the author is to lighten the load for his readers, not add to it Details should complement the narrative, not bog it down While reading Into the Lion s Mouth I was reminded of a comment once made by Hugh Trevor Roper in regard to another book, He piles on the illustrative or irrelevant detail He cannot leave anything out Every person mentioned must have a potted biography Every place must be equipped with atmosphere, furniture, associations Thus, in Loftis account, the reader learns far than she ever needed to about the all the hotels and resorts Popov frequented, what amount of cash he was given and from whom and when and how , the multiple ways he was to formulate invisible ink for secret missives, what code words he was to use with his handlers and each of his contacts, and all the various systems of codes and clandestine meetings detailed in loving but often useless detail Such details were supposed to build atmosphere, not to mention buttress Loftis claim that Popov was the model for Ian Fleming s James Bond However, this passion for inessential detail Trevor Roper again irritated rather than intrigued me But that was only one problem.Just as confounding was the author s strange habit of referring to people by both their first and last names, alternatively from sentence to sentence Then in some cases he also referred to code names often two code names, one employed by Allied and the other by Axis spymasters , as well as military rank e.g the major Perhaps this would not have been such a problem were there not, as mentioned before, so many people involved Prefacing the first chapter is a rather daunting list of Dramatis Personnae some sixty key players But wait, double that already formidable challenge by using first, last, and code names Add all the various wartime acronyms BSC, MI6, ONI, MID, SD, OKW, SOE, etc into the mix and even a reader with considerable background might wish to throw in the towel This first last code name habit produces some almost comically befuddling passages In truth, I began to dog ear pages with the most egregious examples and soon became something of an aficionado My personal favorite was a reference pretty much out of the blue to Erwin That s Rommel, if you please Priceless J Edgar for Hoover, Ewan for Montagu, and J.C for Masterman are a few of the entertaining examples of gratuitous first name familiarity I got the biggest kick out of the du ing of figures in the German high command, however Alas, never a reference to an Adolf I suppose that would be going a bit too far At another point I did a double take, uncertain if the Ian just mentioned was Fleming or Popov s primary handler, Ian Wilson It was the latter Still, it gave rise to some entertaining speculation on my part Did the author feel some psychological closeness to these spies and handlers which led to his using their first names Alternatively, did he perhaps hope to instill in the reader some sense of intimacy with them Or did he simply have an aversion to personal pronouns Perhaps some basic confusion in matters of pronoun reference led him to cast about for alternative methods Such speculations provided diversion, I ll admit, as I slogged my way determinedly through the book Add to this confusion of names some confusions of time and place Pay, as I might, very close attention to the account, I found myself backtracking frequently for clarification For a time I thought perhaps I was being a careless reader, but after berating myself for this a half dozen times or so, I began to analyze where and why I d gotten confused And you know what There were strange jumps in time and place In the midst of a day by day account of Popov s moves, for example, I found myself in Paris in one paragraph then voil in London in the next Magic carpet time Then there were the chapter ending false cliffhanger gambits that grew really old, really fast Many chapters were given racy and mysterious headings such as Turn Around Slowly And, at the end of that particular chapter, Popov who feared his double agent status had been revealed would be standing looking out a window when he hears those very words.Only it would turn out that he wasn t being apprehended No, his spy handler had just entered the room with a pet monkey on his shoulder and was cautioning Popov not to move quickly as it might frighten the pet This sort of faux climax occurs multiple times and, as I said, soon becomes a bit ridiculous, as do some other stylistic quirks which are no doubt meant to add to the atmosphere of danger and intrigue but come off, often than not, rather clumsily.Also baffling are many of the photos interspersed throughout the text Now, I really do appreciate good photos accompanying biographies and histories I recently read a book by Candice Millard, Hero of the Empire, for example, that included some photographs of young Winston Churchill, photos that made me realize just how young and thin the great man had been when he served as a correspondent during the Boer War Some of the photos included in In the Lion s Mouth are, regrettably, not of a similar caliber There are multiple photos of the exteriors of hotels and casinos that Popov frequented, for example some stately looking buildings set among other stately looking buildings I count about a half dozen of these, and they are innocuous enough, but what was the point What is harder to fathom, though, is the inclusion of many blurry sometimes bordering on illegible reproductions of hand written notes, reports, charts, questionnaires, micro dot enlargements, and other spy related material More often than not, the author has already quoted anything relevant from these documents, and usually at great length Squint at them as I might, I couldn t really glean much other than that, yes, these are spy documents all right There were a lot of them One final bafflement I have dubbed The Competition That is to say, the strange need to come up with THE real life inspiration for James Bond, not to mention decide who was THE greatest WWII double agent Why is this necessary What s the point It s fairly clear that Popov was the inspiration for the famous casino scene in Casino Royale and that he possessed many of the attributes of Fleming s Bond But why the fixation on claiming Bond was based primarily on Popov It s fairly common knowledge that Fleming gathered inspiration, magpie like, from multiple sources But here, in Appendix 3 of Loftis book, is a painstaking compilation of charts and commentary on why Popov above all should be considered the one man rud to have inspired the character of James Bond Of course, tying Dusko Popov to James Bond is a nice marketing strategy, but be forewarned that other than in one chapter and the appendix mentioned above, there s scant material here for Bond fans So, why did I finish this book Well, partly because hope springs eternal and I kept thinking that it would improve There were some intriguing episodes, particularly recounting Popov s run ins with his arch nemesis, J Edgar er, Hoover I ve read a number of accounts of the Double Cross system, Operation Fortitude, and other WWII spies, so the narrative often provided that warm glow of entering familiar territory But mostly I found this a curious example of how, even with the best intentions and feedback from many peers and helpers, an author can lose sight of his readers needs and probable reactions That was intriguing, in an unintended way flag 8 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 04, 2016 Joshua Hood rated it it was amazing Into the Lion s Mouth is the remarkable story of Dusko Popov Part spy, part patriot, his exploits inspired the creation of James Bond The book packs the punch of a cyanide capsule Larry Loftis s rich prose leaves you paralyzed, physically unable to tear yourself from a narrative so vivid that you actually smell the cigarette smoke hovering above the baccarat tables And feel the weight of the Luger hanging beneath your arm.Joshua Hood flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 13, 2016 The Real Book Spy rated it it was amazing See this review and at TheRealBookSpyMany don t know this, I certainly didn t before reading Larry Loftis new book, but James Bond the character created and made famous by Ian Fleming is based on a real person Dusko Popov is the real 007 though he was never given that code name , and the true story of his life and career as a double agent is far compelling than anything Fleming, or anyone else for that matter, could ever dream up.I don t read many biographies, which I free See this review and at TheRealBookSpyMany don t know this, I certainly didn t before reading Larry Loftis new book, but James Bond the character created and made famous by Ian Fleming is based on a real person Dusko Popov is the real 007 though he was never given that code name , and the true story of his life and career as a double agent is far compelling than anything Fleming, or anyone else for that matter, could ever dream up.I don t read many biographies, which I freely admit, because most of the time I find fiction to be far entertaining than real life A friend of mine, who was in the military and is now a police officer, often tells me how boring those jobs are in real life compared to when they are fictionalized for entertainment It s not like it is in the movies, he tells me and this is coming from a guy who works on a full time SWAT team.A few weeks ago I got an advance copy of Loftis book and didn t know what to think, so I started it without any expectations and was completely and utterly blown away Into The Lion s Mouth is one of the most fascinating things I ve ever read, period Larry Loftis wrote a thriller novel which just so happens to be a completely true and accurate depiction of the life of Dusko Popov.If you love historical fiction, thrillers, or spy novels, Into The Lion s Mouth is one of the true must read books of the summer.The Story He Popov had steel within, the ruthlessness and the cold blooded courage that enabled him to go back to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon and Madrid time and time again, when it was likely that he was blown it was like putting his head into the lion s moth Larry Loftis opens his book with this chilling quote from Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu, who served on the British Double Cross Committee It perfectly sums up the kind of nerves Popov had, allowing him to live a life of double crossing without so much as batting an eye and kill without a conscience.Within a few sentences of the preface, Loftis makes it clear that his book is different than any biography you ve ever read His writing style, pacing, and structure make Into The Lion s Mouth feel like a Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva novel That is, until you realize the story unfolding is actually true, which takes this incredible tale to the next level for readers It s unreal how thrilling this real story is Early on, we learn that Dusan Dusko Miladoroff Popov, born in 1912, was the second of three sons, and grandson to a wealthy banker and industrialist Without question, it s easy to see where Fleming took inspiration from Dusko, who was handsome, a fast talker, charismatic, charming, a womanizer, and well educated with expensive taste Those are the Bond like qualities that made him successful in fooling and deceiving everyone around him, and why he s such an interesting man to study and read about.Dusko was a natural when it came to embodying the traits that make a spy successful That s another area that Loftis talks about, the difference between a soldier who serves with patriotism and courage versus a spy, who operates in the shadows and thrives on spewing deceit and lies.Soldiers serve with bravery, often channeling their love for country in regard to their service Spies, on the other hand at least back then , operated much like criminals, but with a cause and a purpose.The problem is that sometimes a spy s cause and purpose had nothing to do with his country, but with other motives which can be bought or manipulated Such was the case for Popov, who pretended to give German officials sensitive British military information, while in reality he was working as a double agent for Britain s MI6 during World War II.During his career, Popov was vital to the success of D Day, and was nearly successful in tipping off the FBI about the impending attack on Pearl Harbor But that s just the tip of the iceberg, and Loftis covers all of it in gripping fashion.The magic of Loftis writing is in the way he tells the story He doesn t just tell you where Popov was first confronted by his German controller, he paints a scene and then drops you smack dab in the middle of it The tension is palpable, and I found myself genuinely nervous at times while reading along.If nothing else, I learned very quickly that I most definitely do not have what it takes to be a spy or a double agent Heck, my heart was pumping hard enough waiting for Popov to be discovered that it doesn t seem possible to me that any man could actually live his life under such stress and uncertainty Yet it happens, and Popov did it with flair and expertise for several years like it was nothing.Why I loved itLarry Loftis hit the ball out of the park with this book The story of Popov s life is already incredible, but some people have the natural ability to make things interesting with their delivery and Loftis is one of them Never before has the nonfiction account of someone gripped me the way Into The Lion s Mouth did.Why you should read itIf you love spy novels and political thrillers, then you ve got to read this book Popov is real, and his story is as much fun to read about as any adventure following Mitch Rapp, Gabriel Allon or Cotton Malone.I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, but waited to write the review until I compared Into The Lion s Mouth to another biography written about Dusko Popov In the end, there is no comparison Larry Loftis smokes the competition flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 03, 2016 Bella rated it it was amazing The real life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming s creations Larry Loftis tale of true espionage, assassination and seduction is one of the most remarkable books we ve read all year.Born a Serb, Popov s fingerprints are all over 20th century history in this who s who of spycraft A master of five languages and seducer of women, Popov was schooled in London before making his way to Germany, where he was initially exiled by the Third Reich before The real life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming s creations Larry Loftis tale of true espionage, assassination and seduction is one of the most remarkable books we ve read all year.Born a Serb, Popov s fingerprints are all over 20th century history in this who s who of spycraft A master of five languages and seducer of women, Popov was schooled in London before making his way to Germany, where he was initially exiled by the Third Reich before his eventual re recruitment into the Nazi spy machine Months before Pearl Harbor, he Abwehr sent Popov there to gather intelligence Three years later, he fed disinformation back to Germany about the upcoming allied invasion of Europe Conveying false information about preparation, approach and leadership of the upcoming attack, Popov may be an unheralded hero of the D Day invasion at Normandy.Check out the rest of my review at BestThrillers flag 4 likesLike see review May 23, 2016 Jack Lugo rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites A fascinating book for Bond fans and historians alike Loftis explores the real life story of Dusko Popov and makes an very strong case for why Fleming drew from Popov for Casino Royale We also get a real close look at the vital role espionage played during WWII and some surprising revelations ensue Popov lived the life of a double agent and he did it in a way that defies some of our real world pre conceptions of spies He was every bit the lady s man and enjoyed luxury accomodations almost ev A fascinating book for Bond fans and historians alike Loftis explores the real life story of Dusko Popov and makes an very strong case for why Fleming drew from Popov for Casino Royale We also get a real close look at the vital role espionage played during WWII and some surprising revelations ensue Popov lived the life of a double agent and he did it in a way that defies some of our real world pre conceptions of spies He was every bit the lady s man and enjoyed luxury accomodations almost every where he went He deceived the Germans with misinformation and proved to be one of the Allies best assets during the war Loftis meticulously goes into detail about the Bond connection pinpointing specific times where Fleming and Popov were likely to have been at the same place notably featuring the Casino at Estoril, where Fleming had famously said he based much of Casino Royale on an encounter there with Nazi spies Find out what the reality of that encounter was and find out much about Popov s life of intrigue and mystery in Larry Loftis s excellent book flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2018 Andrew rated it liked it OkDid not think this book was that great Not that the subject matter was not interesting, but the telling was tedious almost a stream of consciousness of one event, letter and or incident without any unifying story line And the James Bond connection was tenuous and a small part of the book which was not as advertised flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 14, 2015 Jerome rated it really liked it An engaging, readable and dramatic history of Popov s incredible career, told in a novelistic style.Loftis covers Popov s role in such well known episodes as the Pearl Harbor intelligence failures, the TRICYCLE network, the double cross system and drawing German attention away from Normandy during the planned invasion He also does a fine job conveying Popov s charisma, charm and womanizing habits Loftis also discusses the qualities that separate soldiers from spies, and how these applied to Po An engaging, readable and dramatic history of Popov s incredible career, told in a novelistic style.Loftis covers Popov s role in such well known episodes as the Pearl Harbor intelligence failures, the TRICYCLE network, the double cross system and drawing German attention away from Normandy during the planned invasion He also does a fine job conveying Popov s charisma, charm and womanizing habits Loftis also discusses the qualities that separate soldiers from spies, and how these applied to Popov He covers Popov s use of deceit, manipulation, and his mixed motives, as well as the various assassination plots he managed to dodge He also does a good job explaining the problems in relying on Popov s memoir.As the title suggests, Loftis argues that Popov served as the inspiration for Fleming s Bond His evidence for this seems well documented but when you add it all up it does seem rather circumstantial Also, Loftis tends to refer to Popov by his first name, last name, and codenames, even in the course of a single paragraph Loftis includes a helpful list of figures that come up in the narrative, but the way the narrative itself is written forces the reader to refer to the list quite often And at one point the HMS Queen Elizabeth is called a submarine An intriguing and well researched work, both thrilling and at times humorous flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 17, 2016 Kristen rated it it was amazing Shelves first reads, wwii Into the Lion s Mouth The True Story of Dusko Popov World War II Spy, Patriot, and Real Life Inspiration for James Bond read like a thriller than a biography Loftis draws you into this world of intrigue While sometimes at the beginning it was a little hard to keep track of all the players, there was always plenty of action I had read a couple of books about Soviet English double agent Kim Philby, but didn t really know anything about Popov s doubling for England against Germany One of Into the Lion s Mouth The True Story of Dusko Popov World War II Spy, Patriot, and Real Life Inspiration for James Bond read like a thriller than a biography Loftis draws you into this world of intrigue While sometimes at the beginning it was a little hard to keep track of all the players, there was always plenty of action I had read a couple of books about Soviet English double agent Kim Philby, but didn t really know anything about Popov s doubling for England against Germany One of the most interesting interesting things to me, was the warning that Popov delivered to the US about Japan s interest in Pearl Harbor A clearer warning to the US could not have been delivered, but J Edgar Hoover buried it in the FBI files as he tried to protect the Bureau s turf I highly recommend this book.Full disclosure I won a free copy in a Giveaway in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 18, 2017 David Benefry rated it it was amazing The James Bond Origin StoryHaving appeared in countless movies always embodying the aspects that make him the manliest man amongst all men, Bond seems like a larger than life kind of entity that could have only spawned from the wild imagination of the artist in Ian Fleming In truth, the character was actually based on someone very real Dusko Popov.Reality is consistently surprising than fiction Bond couldn t hope to hold a candle to Popov s accomplishments He was so adept at his secreti The James Bond Origin StoryHaving appeared in countless movies always embodying the aspects that make him the manliest man amongst all men, Bond seems like a larger than life kind of entity that could have only spawned from the wild imagination of the artist in Ian Fleming In truth, the character was actually based on someone very real Dusko Popov.Reality is consistently surprising than fiction Bond couldn t hope to hold a candle to Popov s accomplishments He was so adept at his secretive work that many of his actions, some of which certainly shaped history, have been outrageously overlooked not only during the last few decades, but even during the period they took place in.A Life Made for a NovelTo start things off, whenever it comes to a historical book such as this one the first that pops up is the veracity of the information While every topic has blanks to fill in, in our case I assure you that everything is 100% factual, accurate and thoroughly researched, with there even being 75 pages of notes and sources added for those of us who want to follow up on what we learn He doesn t use his imagination to stuff the few informational voids he encountered, sticking solely to the historical truth.With that being said, Popov s life needed no embellishments, being unique and eventful enough to be turned into a work of literature He was the perfect spy and model for James Bond to be a womanizer, talented shooter, big spender, seemingly eccentric, and working simultaneously undercover for the FBI, MI5, MI6 as well as the Abwehr the Third Reich s intelligence agency , pretending to play every side of the fence while truly furthering the Allies cause.He undertook countless extremely dangerous missions demanding extreme finesse, intelligence and manipulation, voluntarily jumping from the frying pan into the fire His ability to inform the Allies and misinform the Axis made Popov a key player in countless strategic operations had he not deceived the Germans about D Day, it might have taken a wholly different route In short, Dusko s life story was one that demanded immeasurable courage and was filled with espionage, intrigue, assassins, lovers and eternal enemies.A Story Worth KnowingWhile it is true that the best spies remain secret, Popov s work has still gone criminally unacclaimed Many of his exploits came to light over numerous years, overshadowed by the bigger historical figures of those days.What Larry Loftis does here is quite necessary, educating us about one of the most important and least recognized men in those times Thankfully, he opted to do it through a thrilling narration, a course of action taken by and historical authors He took his time in crafting the perfect prose, making all the sentences blend together and flow seamlessly with the help of precise and simple vocabulary There is never a dull moment, nor are we treated to useless details and descriptions the focus is largely directed towards advancing Dusko s incredible story.Ultimately, you ll learn from this than any old boring history book Loftis knows exactly how to keep your attention, withholding the right information, nearly always keeping us on the edges of our seats and wondering how our protagonist will deal with the new impossible challenges before him And the best part is that none of it is fictional, a fact one must keep reminding him or herself.Some Final WordsAll in all, this is one book that should sit on the shelves of all those who are even slightly interested in the topic of WWII espionage To see Popov as the mere inspiration for a fictional character doesn t do him justice he was very much his own unique person that influenced countless lives and even entire countries from the shadows, constantly putting himself in harm s way to do what he believed to be right This is without a doubt one of the best and very few books written about this person, making it arguably the best place to become acquainted with the man who can claim in good conscience the title of world s best spy.If you are curious to know about the author and his book you can read the short interview we ve conducted with him here flag Like see review Aug 13, 2018 Drew Zagorski rated it really liked it Shelves biography, history For any fan of history, biography, and, of course, James Bond, this is a must read Loftis presents the story of Dusko Popov, Ian Fleming s model for the character of James Bond As you read this story, you ll feel as if you are right in the middle of a Bond thriller except everything here actually happened I d heard snippets of the Popov story from other WWII books I d read, so was aware of who he was and his relationship to Ian Fleming But that s all that I d had on him snippets This b For any fan of history, biography, and, of course, James Bond, this is a must read Loftis presents the story of Dusko Popov, Ian Fleming s model for the character of James Bond As you read this story, you ll feel as if you are right in the middle of a Bond thriller except everything here actually happened I d heard snippets of the Popov story from other WWII books I d read, so was aware of who he was and his relationship to Ian Fleming But that s all that I d had on him snippets This book tells his full story Loftis narrative, as mentioned, reads like a Bond novel so you ll never be bogged down and the pace will keep you turning the page Maybe interesting than his exploits in WWII is the post war chapter of his life This one was well worth the read flag Like see review Jan 19, 2018 Andrew Wiese rated it really liked it This is a fun read Keep focused in the beginning to know who the characters are so you do not have to flip back to refresh their role as the author uses their last names often and there are many characters to keep track of.There is always a guy that makes a bigger impact than what the map shows as to where armies are placed and who holds the advantage in which ocean Dusko Popov is that guy And it is just as glamorous as Bond, but perhaps not as falsely action packed This guy is the real de This is a fun read Keep focused in the beginning to know who the characters are so you do not have to flip back to refresh their role as the author uses their last names often and there are many characters to keep track of.There is always a guy that makes a bigger impact than what the map shows as to where armies are placed and who holds the advantage in which ocean Dusko Popov is that guy And it is just as glamorous as Bond, but perhaps not as falsely action packed This guy is the real deal, handling Nazi interrogations, playing both sides for the Allied cause, recruiting and all the while keeping a beautiful girl in tow The winning side owes this man a lot flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Tom rated it really liked it Read as a train, so much action.Difficult point for me was jumping around in time between chapters, and too many names not the author s fault per se, but sometimes using the first and last name, or other codenames, which makes it difficult to be sure who was who again If i hadn t read this in 3 days, i d have forgotten a lot flag Like see review May 21, 2017 Neverdust rated it it was amazing Shelves history, library Fascinating.Also, America was apparently The Worst at the spy game information gathering no comment and Hoover was a thing I will not write here Be assured, it is all uncomplimentary Everything I read about the SOE and the British spies just makes me want to know And this was a great story flag Like see review Aug 17, 2018 Joseph Hamilton rated it liked it Shelves second world war I read about this book in Parade magazine and had to read it The author includes a chart at the back that presents the various pretenders to the claim of being Ian Fleming s inspiration for James Bond Dusk Popov clearly bested the opposition flag Like see review Mar 01, 2017 Margaret S rated it it was amazing An intriguing and very readable account of a WWII spy flag Like see review Dec 27, 2017 Michael rated it liked it Shelves biography, history Engaging read of a Yugoslav WWII spy who worked in the British Double Cross division Popov was apparently one of Ian Fleming s models for his James Bond character flag Like see review Nov 21, 2018 William DuFour rated it it was amazing Shelves history An exciting and true story of espionage that makes James Bond pale in comparison It should be made into a documentary or movie flag Like see review Oct 03, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves biography, historical non fiction This is a great read, especially for history buffs It s amazing how much this one man did to help win WWII flag Like see review Nov 24, 2017 Bill Subers rated it really liked it The origin of James Bond flag Like see review Oct 03, 2016 Writemoves rated it liked it Shelves non fiction, world war ii, spy, espionage, james bond What attracted me to this book was that Dusko Popov was reputedly the inspiration for James Bond Popov was a ladies man who enjoyed the good life and like to gamble like Bond did However Popov performed largely in the shadows he was considered to be a double or triple agent He traded in information The most interesting part of the book was that Popov had provided information to the FBI prior to Pearl Harbor that the Japanese were planning on attacking it Popov s information was ignored What attracted me to this book was that Dusko Popov was reputedly the inspiration for James Bond Popov was a ladies man who enjoyed the good life and like to gamble like Bond did However Popov performed largely in the shadows he was considered to be a double or triple agent He traded in information The most interesting part of the book was that Popov had provided information to the FBI prior to Pearl Harbor that the Japanese were planning on attacking it Popov s information was ignored and the Japanese attack was successful.Popov was a Renaissance like man with a high pedigree as an athlete, businessman and intellectual I didn t find this book as riveting as a James Bond novel but readers who are students of World War II will enjoy Popov s story flag Like see review Sep 11, 2016 Linda rated it liked it I finished reading this book on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks on the United States Just a few days before I had watched Frontline on PBS The Man Who Knew about John O Neill, a program documenting how this somewhat maverick FBI agent irritated his superiors who then ignored and demoted his work that might well have stopped those attacks months before they happened Dusko Popov, an agent working for British intelligence but sent to the United States and introduced to the I finished reading this book on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks on the United States Just a few days before I had watched Frontline on PBS The Man Who Knew about John O Neill, a program documenting how this somewhat maverick FBI agent irritated his superiors who then ignored and demoted his work that might well have stopped those attacks months before they happened Dusko Popov, an agent working for British intelligence but sent to the United States and introduced to the FBI, had a similar experience in September 1941 He had pretty firm evidence in writing from the Germans who trusted him as their agent, that they wanted to help their allies the Japanese by having Popov find the answers to very specific questions about Pearl Harbor But J Edgar Hoover wanted to be the only show in town, and Popov was treated very badly and his evidence ignored Read it and weep Loftis does an excellent job of pulling together many narrative threads of Dusko, his brother and his best friend in their hatred of the Nazis and their work as double agents for the British Their espionage and double cross efforts contributed greatly to the Nazi downfall, especially as D Day was planned The characters and stories are complex after all, espionage is a complex business but for me some of Loftis stylistic quirks made the story line fuzzy at times and detracted from the clarity In fact, I nearly quit reading in the first 50 pages, but the story did pick up as the stakes got higher and the Germans confidence and suspicions about him wavered from day to day Several appendices summarize his over all accomplishments and the reasons for Ian Fleming s James Bond being inspired by Dusko Popov, good as an appended chart, but something I found very tedious in the narrative chapter devoted to it And yes, I do enjoy Bond and have seen every one of the films but so many lives were really at stake during World War II, and so many excruciating decisions in the real world flag Like see review Sep 19, 2016 Silviu Tulbya rated it really liked it This book has a few qualities which make it worth a read First, it is the telling of a non fiction story in a way that it hasn t been told before, with incredibly solid research and flow that follows the trail Secondly, it moves quickly, and that makes it a good read for a book with much information Sometimes the placement of information is a bit random, and sometimes I d wished that Mr Loftis would have included some diagrams to tell his story Nonetheless, what is important about the This book has a few qualities which make it worth a read First, it is the telling of a non fiction story in a way that it hasn t been told before, with incredibly solid research and flow that follows the trail Secondly, it moves quickly, and that makes it a good read for a book with much information Sometimes the placement of information is a bit random, and sometimes I d wished that Mr Loftis would have included some diagrams to tell his story Nonetheless, what is important about the book is that it reveals and tells the story of a character that was brave, loyal, and steadfast in his devotion to his cause and family I would say that perhaps in this case, the story may may have actually better than the telling of it Still, a good one to get on your shelf Would recommend as a gift flag Like see review Feb 20, 2017 Jeff rated it liked it The person James Bond is based on, how could you not be interested This is an interesting book but a little dry with numerous dates and agency descriptions disrupting the flow of the book But for a good reason, to verify the veracity if the content The most interesting part the fact that the FBI new about Pearl Harbor and did nothing flag Like see review Oct 22, 2016 Tom rated it liked it Shelves history, military This is a difficult review to write On the one hand, it s clear that Loftis did a tremendous amount of work to research and pull together many disparate sources often requiring translation from other languages to write this book, which includes extensive endnotes On the other hand, his writing is often awkward and difficult to follow One particularly maddening quality in paragraphs throughout the book, for no apparent reason, Loftis switches between identifying an individual by surname and This is a difficult review to write On the one hand, it s clear that Loftis did a tremendous amount of work to research and pull together many disparate sources often requiring translation from other languages to write this book, which includes extensive endnotes On the other hand, his writing is often awkward and difficult to follow One particularly maddening quality in paragraphs throughout the book, for no apparent reason, Loftis switches between identifying an individual by surname and given name This might be okay if just done for the central characters e.g Dusko Popov , but it s used throughout Example When he next met with Foxworth, Popov wrote, he tried to remove the FBI stinger He reminded Sam that British Intelligence had consulted the FBI about his coming and that the organizations were in full agreement If the FBI would cooperate, he said, the British system could be duplicated in the U.S with the Bureau controlling the agents Foxworth acknowledge the reasonableness of the idea and suggested that a radio be set up Dusko agreed p 117 The above paragraph is actually relatively straightforward since it describes just two individuals Sam Foxworth and Dusko Popov but unfortunately Loftis employs the same name switching habit throughout the book, including instances in which he describes half a dozen individuals interacting, switching between given name and surname in multiple places for multiple individuals The story of Dusko Popov is fascinating and I did finish the book despite the stylistic issues flag Like see review View 1 comment Oct 04, 2016 Alissa rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction, world war 2 As soon as I heard this book was about the real spy that inspired Ian Fleming s James Bond, I had to read it The Yugoslavian, Dusko Popov, was a double agent British German during World War II While real life spying was different from the fictional world of Ian Fleming, Popov was truly an amazing spy He accomplished many things during the war, but two of the biggest would have to be alerting the Americans to the impending attack on Pearl Harbor, which information, incidentally, was ignored As soon as I heard this book was about the real spy that inspired Ian Fleming s James Bond, I had to read it The Yugoslavian, Dusko Popov, was a double agent British German during World War II While real life spying was different from the fictional world of Ian Fleming, Popov was truly an amazing spy He accomplished many things during the war, but two of the biggest would have to be alerting the Americans to the impending attack on Pearl Harbor, which information, incidentally, was ignored by J Edgar Hoover and others at the FBI and wasn t used to save any american lives, and his feeding the Germans mounds of misinformation about where and when D day would occur They trusted him so completely that even when the attack started in Normandy, Germany thought it was a diversion and didn t move supplies and men to that area until it was too late Popov was very charismatic, could lie easily and didn t break under interrogation Even though I gave this 4 stars, be aware that even though the story was compelling, it was filled with lots of names and details, and if I wasn t paying really close attention I would get a little lost as to what was happening and who was who Still, if the subject interests you, it s a good read flag Like see review Aug 25, 2016 Phyllis rated it it was amazing This is a fantastic and a must read book for anyone interested in WWII history and James Bond enthusiasts Meet double agent Yugoslav Dusko Popov better known as Ian Flemming s James Bond first appearing in the book and movie Casino Royal Popov is the most famous of double agents and perhaps the most famous of all spies Schooled in London, Paris, Belgrade and Freiburg Popov developed his critical thinking, social and athletic prowess, and a network of acquaintances that served him well throug This is a fantastic and a must read book for anyone interested in WWII history and James Bond enthusiasts Meet double agent Yugoslav Dusko Popov better known as Ian Flemming s James Bond first appearing in the book and movie Casino Royal Popov is the most famous of double agents and perhaps the most famous of all spies Schooled in London, Paris, Belgrade and Freiburg Popov developed his critical thinking, social and athletic prowess, and a network of acquaintances that served him well throughout the war One notable fact highlighted in this book is that Popov gave information to Americans in August of 1941 to demonstrate that the Axis Powers were gathering information on the American Fleet in Hawaii J Edgar Hoover failed to forward this information Hoover and the FBI covered up this information for decades What might have happened if this information had been forwarded to Roosevelt in August 1941 flag Like see review Feb 04, 2017 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it Sidney Reilly will always be the model of James Bond for me, but Larry Loftis makes the case for Dusko Popov, Serbian playboy and British double agent, whose recklessness at the card tables and in the boudoirs of French actresses was both an asset and a constant headache to his intelligence handlers Loftis reconstructs the elaborate operations in the US, Lisbon, Berlin and the Balkans, although in the this happened and then this happened and somewhere else this was going on narrative that doe Sidney Reilly will always be the model of James Bond for me, but Larry Loftis makes the case for Dusko Popov, Serbian playboy and British double agent, whose recklessness at the card tables and in the boudoirs of French actresses was both an asset and a constant headache to his intelligence handlers Loftis reconstructs the elaborate operations in the US, Lisbon, Berlin and the Balkans, although in the this happened and then this happened and somewhere else this was going on narrative that doesn t really add much to the memoirs and declassified documents already available flag Like see review Nov 07, 2016 Mike Pascoe rated it really liked it Shelves history war, nonfiction Ian Fleming s inspiration for James Bond, Dusko Popov was a Yugoslav who worked as spy for the Allies during WWII, spying on the Nazi s under the guise of being one of there own Interesting look into the world of espionage during WWII, and what impact it had on the war The book also provides some very surprising information in regards to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the intelligence the United States had prior to it As far as the real life comparisons to the James Bond character go, don t Ian Fleming s inspiration for James Bond, Dusko Popov was a Yugoslav who worked as spy for the Allies during WWII, spying on the Nazi s under the guise of being one of there own Interesting look into the world of espionage during WWII, and what impact it had on the war The book also provides some very surprising information in regards to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the intelligence the United States had prior to it As far as the real life comparisons to the James Bond character go, don t expect any kind of adventure that you d see in a James Bond movie The success of a spy seemed to hinge mainly on two things the ability to lie, and money Still, the man worked under constant peril, with the threat of being uncovered leading to certain torture and death flag Like see review Sep 06, 2016 Michael Caudill rated it it was amazing review of another edition A fantastic and thrilling read Whether history buff or lover of spy thrillers or mystery novel junkie, you will love this book Loftis brings this incredible character, Dusko Popov, to light as the true inspiration for the beloved James Bond, and he does so while taking the reader on a sensational journey with page turning veracity Bravo flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new 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    1. Fairly pedestrian recount of the life of double agent Dusko Popov who operated throughout the European theater during World War II The most fascinating part was the revelation that several months prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Popov gave the FBI the questionnaire with information the Nazis wanted him to investigate Included in this document were questions about the layout, makeup, etc of the Pearl Harbor base Even though there was no date involved, the interest of the Axis powers was Fair [...]


    2. Intriguing, but not in the way intended What a wasted opportunity So much research went into this book, yet the resulting narrative was disjointed, muddied, and for me at times downright annoying Listen, I understand that writing an account of such complex events which enmeshed scores of people many of whom went by several names , spanned several continents, and involved multiple warring nations as well as neutral nations such as Spain and Portugal and their diplomatic and intelligenc


    3. Into the Lion s Mouth is the remarkable story of Dusko Popov Part spy, part patriot, his exploits inspired the creation of James Bond The book packs the punch of a cyanide capsule Larry Loftis s rich prose leaves you paralyzed, physically unable to tear yourself from a narrative so vivid that you actually smell the cigarette smoke hovering above the baccarat tables And feel the weight of the Luger hanging beneath your arm.Joshua Hood


    4. See this review and at TheRealBookSpyMany don t know this, I certainly didn t before reading Larry Loftis new book, but James Bond the character created and made famous by Ian Fleming is based on a real person Dusko Popov is the real 007 though he was never given that code name , and the true story of his life and career as a double agent is far compelling than anything Fleming, or anyone else for that matter, could ever dream up.I don t read many biographies, which I free See this review and [...]


    5. The real life inspiration for James Bond proves to be every bit as riveting as any of Ian Fleming s creations Larry Loftis tale of true espionage, assassination and seduction is one of the most remarkable books we ve read all year.Born a Serb, Popov s fingerprints are all over 20th century history in this who s who of spycraft A master of five languages and seducer of women, Popov was schooled in London before making his way to Germany, where he was initially exiled by the Third Reich before The [...]


    6. A fascinating book for Bond fans and historians alike Loftis explores the real life story of Dusko Popov and makes an very strong case for why Fleming drew from Popov for Casino Royale We also get a real close look at the vital role espionage played during WWII and some surprising revelations ensue Popov lived the life of a double agent and he did it in a way that defies some of our real world pre conceptions of spies He was every bit the lady s man and enjoyed luxury accomodations almost ev A f [...]


    7. OkDid not think this book was that great Not that the subject matter was not interesting, but the telling was tedious almost a stream of consciousness of one event, letter and or incident without any unifying story line And the James Bond connection was tenuous and a small part of the book which was not as advertised.


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