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Poland: The name's Bond, James Albert Bond - cold war spy shares name with fictional character03:26

Poland: The name's Bond, James Albert Bond - cold war spy shares name with fictional character

Poland, Warsaw
September 24, 2020 at 20:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

On Monday, Poland's Institute of National Remembrance revealed the presence of records concerning a real-life James Albert Bond on social media, in a move that attracted the attention of thousands.

The British citizen, believed to have links with military intelligence by the Polish secret services, lived in Warsaw between 1964 and 1965, where he was suspected of penetrating military compounds.

Bond's role at the British embassy in Warsaw was that of a secretary archivist of the military attache's office. It is unclear whether his occupation at the embassy, his name, or another factor were the primary interest points in attracting the attention of Polish secret services, which launched a surveillance operation under the code name 'Samek,' which determined that his visits to the Bialystok and Olsztyn provinces with two other employees of the military attache office had the intention of infiltrating military infrastructure.

Wlodzimierz Lechnio, Archivist at Poland's Institute of National Remembrance said his theory was that, "James Bond came here to Warsaw, he cloaked himself as a modest archivist. However, he did not manage to deceive the Polish services with this. In this conspiracy, he did not drink martini with vodka but rather ordinary beer instead, but he was interested in women, as was written [In a document by Polish secret services], and I think that this very moment, this interest in women, convinced Polish counterintelligence that they were dealing with this real, genuine James Bond. Therefore, they put him under the care of counterintelligence, he realised this and came to determine that there nothing else to do here, [and] he left."

Lechnio can be seen combing through the documents in the Institute of National Remembrance, and showcasing the document file of the spy.

During the time James Albert Bond was in Warsaw, the first Bond novel by Sir Ian Fleming had already been published in 1953 and first Bond film, 'Dr No' had been released two years before his arrival in 1962.

Poland: The name's Bond, James Albert Bond - cold war spy shares name with fictional character03:26
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On Monday, Poland's Institute of National Remembrance revealed the presence of records concerning a real-life James Albert Bond on social media, in a move that attracted the attention of thousands.

The British citizen, believed to have links with military intelligence by the Polish secret services, lived in Warsaw between 1964 and 1965, where he was suspected of penetrating military compounds.

Bond's role at the British embassy in Warsaw was that of a secretary archivist of the military attache's office. It is unclear whether his occupation at the embassy, his name, or another factor were the primary interest points in attracting the attention of Polish secret services, which launched a surveillance operation under the code name 'Samek,' which determined that his visits to the Bialystok and Olsztyn provinces with two other employees of the military attache office had the intention of infiltrating military infrastructure.

Wlodzimierz Lechnio, Archivist at Poland's Institute of National Remembrance said his theory was that, "James Bond came here to Warsaw, he cloaked himself as a modest archivist. However, he did not manage to deceive the Polish services with this. In this conspiracy, he did not drink martini with vodka but rather ordinary beer instead, but he was interested in women, as was written [In a document by Polish secret services], and I think that this very moment, this interest in women, convinced Polish counterintelligence that they were dealing with this real, genuine James Bond. Therefore, they put him under the care of counterintelligence, he realised this and came to determine that there nothing else to do here, [and] he left."

Lechnio can be seen combing through the documents in the Institute of National Remembrance, and showcasing the document file of the spy.

During the time James Albert Bond was in Warsaw, the first Bond novel by Sir Ian Fleming had already been published in 1953 and first Bond film, 'Dr No' had been released two years before his arrival in 1962.

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