Ian’s real inspiration for James Bond

chuckxchuckx Virginia
My great uncle passed in May, but not before revealing on his deathbed that he was the real life inspiration for the James Bond character. He detailed a mission Ian sent him on to Tokyo where he was arrested with Richard Sorge. His names was James Turner Stephens Jr, from Richmond VA. He was recruited to work for British Intelligence at Rockefeller center in 1941. He went to the White House with Ian in May 1941. His entire persona and mission is the embodiment of 007, license to kill and his physical characteristics match James Bond as well. He even detailed Ian’s visit in 1962, which Ian even mentioned in the April 1962 New Yorker article.


  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    edited September 4 Posts: 7,198
    Posting the New Yorker article would be a nice tribute, if someone has access to it. I found this one, there may be another you're referring to.


    It wouldn't be out of line to remember your James and the MANY suggested real life influences on Fleming for creating his Bond character here, @chuckx. Richard included.


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