He Institute of National Memory (IPN), the largest historical research institution in Poland, reported that an alleged British agent named James Bond He was in the country under Her Majesty’s Secret Service in the 1960s.
After being employed as an archivist of the Military Attaché of the British Embassy, the man named after the popular fictional spy arrived in Poland on February 18, 1964 and he soon came to the attention of Polish counterintelligence officers.
“We know that he was in Poland (…) in 1964 and 1965“, said Marzena Kruk, Director of the IPN Archive.
“He traveled a bit in Poland (…) he liked women, just like his literary namesake, but there is not a word about the Martini,” he commented, about the fictional character’s favorite drink. “However, there is information that he liked Polish beer.”
Bond was under strict surveillance, although visited the Bialystok and Olsztyn regions of northeastern Poland to try to “penetrate military installations” of the Soviet satellite state, according to the files.
However, it was found that had not established contact with Polish citizens, which would have had serious consequences for any Pole suspected of working with agents on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
British Agent 007, Created by Author Ian Fleming, hit the big screen in 1962 played by actor Sean Connery in the film Dr. No, which led to some to suspect that British spies might be playing a prank to their Polish counterparts with the choice of this pseudonym.
“If James Albert Bond was just a code name, was it some kind of joke to deceive and mock the Polish secret services? What IPN can confirm is that, at the height of the Cold War, there was a man named James Bond, Probably the real British agent! “, Said the institution in a post on its Facebook account.