More the 75 yrs on and WWII records are still being declassified. The background to Ian Fleming and James Bond has always been a mystery but Op Postmaster provides fresh insights into this covert operation and into the inspiration for James Bond. – Very Highly Recommended.
The wartime history of Bond author Fleming has always been confusing. Fleming himself was happy to assist in this confusion, often encouraging readers to think his books autobiographical. He was one of a group of individuals who migrated into the private armies and intelligence organizations set up under Churchill's direction to take the war to the Germans. Within his own part of the environment, Fleming was not universally liked, or trusted. Many thought him a spoilt playboy more interested in chasing women and gambling at cards. However, he did a serious job and did it well. He was a fixer and facilitator, more 'Q' than Bond. The author has made a fine job of bringing to light the events of Op Postmaster. It was not a unique operation. It had similarities to the Calcutta Light Horse attack on German ships in port in neutral Goa, another private army covert operation that was built around a group of ageing reservists whose organization had more to do with drinking, eating, and playing polo in India but who proved to be real warhorses denying critical supplies and information to German U-Boats. Op Postmaster involved a 'cutting out' operation on three German ships sheltering in the Spanish port of Santa Isobel on the island of Fernando Po. This is a thrilling story that may one day make a great film.