The Search for the Real 007

Andrew Cook relates the story of Sidney Reilly - the inspiration behind James Bond.

Sidney Reilly
1918 passport photo of Sideny Reilly, issued under his alias of George Bergmann.

Sidney Reilly, the man said to have been the inspiration for James Bond, was one of the most complex and remarkable characters in the twentieth-century history of espionage and the creator of a personal myth that still exerts a powerful grip on the imagination today. A rich and flamboyant adventurer, Reilly blazed a trail from the gentlemen’s clubs of Edwardian England to the walls of the Kremlin, leaving his unique mark on world events along the way.

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