The Real James Bond Identity

James Bond really existed and his name was Dusko Popov.

Dusko Popov super agent-Origins of Tricycle

Popov was from a wealthy Serbian family born in 1912 Titel, Austro-Hungary now Serbia. He is famous for the playboy lifestyle he lived while carrying out perilous wartime missions for the United Kingdom. He spoke fluent German and had many highly placed German friends, but he secretly despised the Nazis for invading his country.

Signed up as a spy by anti-Hitler Abwehr agents early in the war, Popov, according to their plan, immediately offered his services to the United Kingdom. He was accepted as a double agent (codenamed Tricycle) and came to live in London. His international business activities provided cover for visits to neutral Portugal, which was linked to the United Kingdom by a weekly civil air service for most of the war. Popov fed enough MI5-approved information to the Germans to keep them happy and unaware of his actions and was well paid for his services. The assignments they gave him were of great value to the British in assessing enemy plans and thinking.

It is widely alleged that the codename ‘Tricycle’ originated because of Popov’s preference for three-in-a-bed sex

Allegations regarding Pearl Harbor

In 1941 Popov was dispatched to the United States by the Abwehr, to establish a new German network in the US . He was given ample funds and an intelligence questionnaire, a list of intelligence targets. This questionnaire was later published as an appendix to J.C. Masterman’s book The Double Cross System. Of the three typewritten pages of the questionnaire, one entire page was devoted to highly detailed questions about U.S. defenses at Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. He made contact with the FBI and explained what he had been asked to do. During a televised interview, Dusko Popov related having informed the FBI on August 12, 1941 of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. For whatever reason, either the FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover did not report this fact to his superiors; or his superiors, for reasons of their own, took no action in regard to this apparent German interest in Pearl Harbor. Popov himself has said that Hoover was quite suspicious and distrustful of him and, according to author William “Mole” Wood, when Hoover discovered that Popov had taken a woman from New York to Florida he threatened to have him arrested under the Mann Act if he did not leave the U.S. immediately.

Operation Fortitude

In 1944 Popov became a key part of the Operation Fortitude deception campaign. However his usefulness was compromised when his German intelligence handler (who was also a double agent and knew of Popov’s control by the British) was arrested. Fearing that Popov was betrayed, the British no longer gave critical information to him to pass along. However after time passed and no indication of any distrust of Popov was discernible he was brought back into use.


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