I just wanted to ask members here their thoughts on the real meaning of the following passage from Chapter 6 ('Two of a Kind') of John Gardner's Scorpius
"The bulk of the dossier was old material which Bond had read many times before - the scant details of one shadowy man's life. Vladimir Scorpius, thought to have been born in Cyprus of a wealthy Greek business and a renegade white Russian - possibly Evdokia, daughter of the mysterious Prince and Princess Talanov who, with their daughter, had escaped the Bolshevik Revolution in strange, and almost unbelievable circumstances.” [John Gardner, Scorpius
, (Guild Publishing, London, 1988, p. 46)]
Now what I was wondering in regard to this paragraph from Scorpius was whether this was a sort of veiled reference to the then unknown fate of Princess Anastasia Romanov in the 1917 Russian Revolution, who was said to have survived the killers of the Tsar and Tsarina and the rest of her immediate family in 1917.
Here is the Wikipedia page of the Princess Anastasia for more information on this:
Was it a veiled reference to Princess Anastasia Romanov. The Talanovs seem to be fictitious and perhaps Gardner did not want to reference real events as being part of the background of the fictitious main villain Vladimir Scorpius?
So what do we think?