Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation POSTMASTER (Hardback)
The Untold Top Secret Story
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This is a true story of a force of ”licensed to kill" secret agents, commanded by a real war time secret service chief code names M, with whom Ian Fleming worked, and upon whom his James Bond stories were based.
Brigadier Colin Gubbins was M, the Special Operations Executive was his Secret Service, Professor Dudley Newitt was Q and Captain Gus March-Phillips commanded ”Maid of Honor Force", the team of ”James Bonds" who, in a daring operation, sailed a Q ship to West Africa and stole three enemy ships from a neutral Spanish port on the volcanic island of Fernando Po. Ian Fleming worked closely with M to oil the wheels that made the operation possible, and prepared the cover story, in which the British Government lied in order to conceal British responsibility for the raid. M's agents prepared the ground on Fernando Po, even enmeshing the Governor in a honey trap. March-Phillips and his team carried out the raid successfully in January 1942, despite much opposition from the local regular Army and Navy commanders, and in the face of overwhelming odds. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told Fleming's lies on the international stage, denying any British complicity in the operation. As a result, a secrecy embargo enveloped Operation POSTMASTER until recently.
The author, an experienced criminal QC, proves beyond doubt that this thrilling operation, and the men who carried it out, were the inspiration for Fleming's James Bond.
Brian Lett´s book is an inspiring and exciting book that should please not just SOE and Fleming/Bond buffs.Lars Gyllenhall, Blogger
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A page turning story which illustrates the attitude and often lack of co-operation by senior military staff.Richard Gough, Military Author and Historian
Ian Fleming and SOE’s Operation Postmaster: The Top Secret Story Behind 007 by Brian Lett goes into the planning, execution, and the personalities which made this operation a success and paved the road for the SOE’s continued existence.Man of la Book
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An extraordinary account of a 1942 Second World War SOE operation masterminde by the real-life "M" and "!Q" who later figured so prominently in Ian Fleming's James Bond spy fiction adventures.Books Monthly
Ian Fleming, who later went on to write the James Bond series of novels, was serving in British Naval Intelligence at the time of this operation. This book ties Fleming to the SOE operation and speculates on how the heroes of that action contributed to the character of James Bond.NetGalley, John Purvis
I enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 240-page history. I found this book interesting just on the SOE operation, but the additional connection to the future James Bond was also enjoyable. I read all of Flemings novels when I was a teenager. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
This is a well-researched adventure story. Operation Postmaster was a highly controversial, extremely dangerous secret operation in West Africa during World War II. The Official Secrets Act kept the story out of the public eye long after the end of the war, and it was an enterprising modern author, Brian Lett, who researched and told the tale long after it happened.NetGalley, Melissa McDaniel
Brian Lett's book is a well-written and exciting page-turner about a daring coastal operation that succeeded against the odds. The story of the brave and resourceful individuals who took part in it deserves to be told. Fleming had his own small role in that operation, and the book is a must-read for Fleming aficionados for that reason.James Bond Memes: James Bond's SOE origins
Absorbing ... cracks along at a fair old rate and there is a lot of interesting detail.War History Online
This real life ripping yarn about an officially-sanctioned act of wartime piracy involving an unconventional Norfolk hero who was destined to become a pillar of the county establishment surpasses the most hyperbole-laden Hollywood thriller. Making full use of offical papers long embargoed and personal files only recently made available for public scrutiny, Lett has written the most compelling and comprehensive account yet of the daring mission to Fernando Po whilwe also arguing that Postmaster and its leaders served as inspiration for the greateast fictional spy hero of all – James Bond.Eastern Daily Press
The full story of the events leading up to, during and after SOE's Operation Postmaster are revealed by Brian Lett in his latest book. In this detailed account of the mission, the author also presents evidence that many of the personalities involved in the venture were the inspiration for Ian Fleming's classic James Bond series.Britain at War
Exactly who inspired James Bond has long benn discussed by historians and biographers alike, but now a detailed and fascinating new book - Ian Fleming and SOEs Operation Postmaster – attempts to join the dots between a daring raid by a Special Operations Executive (SOE) team and the creation of the world's most famous secret agent.Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post