Ian’s real inspiration for James Bond

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.

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  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    edited September 2020 Posts: 8,951
    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.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/04/21/bonds-creator

    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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  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    Over the past few months I have continued to research his involvement. It is becoming clear that Mi6 hired him to protest an America First rally on April 23, 1941. That is where he got into a fight with Nazi sympathizers. He also worked on the wire tapping of the foreign offices in Manhattan for Mi6. The 007 originated from the agents that helped connect a phone call to Stalin for Roosevelt. 007 was the international dialing code for Russia. Jack and his mission played a heavy part in the content of the novels.
  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    So I obviously continue to post here, sort of random. This is the true story that inspired perhaps four of Ian's novels and certainly the actual description of James physically. The novels were allegorical to real events. Those real events have not yet been declassified, yet these are the events that Ian decided to write about. They would re-write the history books.
  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    Correction on 007, that was actually the dialing code for the Berlin telephone exchange. They were smuggling calls through that exchange without Berlin knowing.
  • edited June 4 Posts: 1,469
    chuckx, really cool to read about your great uncle, his connection with Fleming, and the things you mention that your great uncle did! Perhaps you should see if you can add his name to the Wikipedia page, Inspirations for James Bond. Several are already on there, including Conrad O’Brien-ffrench, who I met at least once in the 1980s through friends near Denver Colorado, near where he lived. At that time he was more noted for being an artist, but he'd been a British Secret Intelligence Officer, mountaineer and skier.

    Based on your post, I went to the web and learned that, about Fleming's trip to Washington D.C. in 1941, it was because the U.S. and Great Britain agreed to share intelligence regarding the WW2 threat. Winston Churchill had sent Fleming and Admiral Godfrey. They met with the head of the secret British spy organization in the U.S. and held high-level talks with American officials. They also met with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Fleming also apparently wrote two important papers on how to create America’s new intelligence agency.
  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    Thanks for the support. Project X was created the day Ian Fleming arrived in New York. You can research Project X when you read in the current Intercept article on Edward Snowden and the AT&T Long Lines building. Project X developed into the Sigsaly, which Jack operated the Paris Sigsaly. Ian wrote everything in code and as a hint look at the bookshelf in Dr. No when Strangways assistant is killed. It’s a book on dead English words. Take Disco Volante for example. Disco means French record collection and Volante is a musical term for a movement in music of light rapidity. The Sigsaly Jack operated in Paris used records, thus the French record collection. Those records played a noise to cover up the communications and the noise was the song Flight of the Bumblebee, which indeed is Volante.

    I made a website and then referenced it in Wikipedia but people delete my entries and tell me I can’t just make a website and reference it.

    Another “clue”, in his belongings, I found stainless steel dentures. If you know the literature then you know Ian wrote about stainless steel dentures twice and hinted at them once. To be honest. I can go on at great lengths explaining his story. Ask me anything.
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Hi, @chuckx

    Any pictures of your great uncle with Fleming? Any letter that you can share?
  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    I do not have pictures of him with Fleming. I do not have letters from or to Fleming. What Jack did do is keep a pile of clues. Take for example when James Bond's parents died at age 11, James Bond went to the countryside to live with his aunt. What Jack kept was a letter his dad sent him after his parents divorced when he was eleven and he went to the countryside to live with his aunt.
    When he was in the Japanese prison, his mother sent him a Christmas card to her own home. Her mother also sent him a card to the hotel Stratford in Fredericksburg with a cryptic underlying of messages in the card. This card was to him on his 21st birthday. At that time he was in a Japanese prison, but his parents would have been told where to write should they need to reach him. He was very poor and they were very poor, so wasting a stamp to herself and him staying at a ritzy hotel, did not make sense.
    I have a picture of him at the White House with Sam Welch. Sam Welch was head of British Telecommunications Signaling. I find this picture to be one of the most solid pieces of evidence of his integrity to support the story that he told.
    Please do keep in mind that his man with a rock solid reputation, is laying there on oxygen knowing his days are numbered telling that he wishes to say before his last breath.
    With regards to more evidence, an argument could be made that he could not have been in New York as he was still at Virginia Tech, however he kept his slip for leave allowing him to avoid his last semester. He kept the letter he sent to his dad saying that he was finished with school and was going to a convention with M. M. Bush. M. M. Bush the best I can tell is a man that is from the same county as the Bush family that was involved with the CIA. Interestingly he is about five years older than Jack and his missing an arm.
    Speaking of scars, Jack's draft registration card from February 1942, when he returned from the Japanese prison and the torture he sustained that was the same as in Casino Royale, shows that he has a scar on his right hand. This is of course the same as Bond.
    Jack made it very careful to keep the physical clues to his life, but to attach very little detail. For example, the stainless steel dentures, or he kept a telegram note paper from each hotel he went to on assignment.
    I believe his visiting Jack in 1962 was Ian's time reviewing Jack's most personal belongings and story as an example, the story about him going to the countryside to live with his aunt. I believe Ian also included Jack's wife's details in the stories as well.

    Marion was his wife's name. Interestingly, the song in Dr. No was Marianne, but he spelled it Marion in the book. Marion was heavily into oriental flower arrangements and Bridge. Of course both of these items were substantially popular hobbies at the time. One flower arrangement that stands out among others is Marion's flower arrangement of her mapping tools and a solitaire Chrysanthemum. This flower arrangement seemingly arrived on the cover to You Only Live Twice and inside the story. Marion worked for Dupont early in the war with regards to the Manhattan Project. I believe she attended the Trinity test so as to study the effects of the bomb. (Dupont is in both Casino Royale and Goldfinder) She went on to do the maps of Japan, before and after of many of the major cities, including Tokyo. She worked on the before and after of Hiroshima. After the war, she continued to work in map making. From my research, a few of the map makers of World War 2 that were women, went on to work for the CIA. Marion was very closed about her career. We asked her once what it was that she did maps of (after the war of course) and she said "the earth".

    One of Jack's favorite pictures was that of him and Marion in Chamonix France. They are standing looking out over the sea of ice. I believe this is very close to where James Bond's parents died. He was there during a meeting of the CCITT. He worked on Study Group XI. This is the group that brought us into signal system six under the UN. Ultimately, this was the opening of the ability to create the world wide web. I have photos of him partying with the higher ups within CCITT as they were on a boat together dancing and drinking as they celebrated Signal System Six.

    I have photos of him working on Telstar 1. Of course this satellite was "accidentally" nuked.

    I have evidence that he worked on the AT&T Project Offices. The interesting part about this is when you read Dr. No, think about the AT&T Project Offices. It is undeniable that Ian Fleming was writing about the AT&T bunkers. It starts in the first paragraph talking about the blue mountains, goes on about how the main office is just like that of one of the largest corporations in America, which of course is AT&T.

    I will cut it short for now, but the examples go on extensively and as you can see from above, I have massive amounts of information from photos of him with very important people at the White House to stainless steel dentures.

    Okay one more example, but of course it may be perhaps a little more vague. Disco Volante. Disco is an old word that means French record collection. Volante is a word that means a movement in music of light rapidity. In 1946 Jack operated the Paris Sigsaly. The Sigsaly was a vocoder that played records over the message so as to help scramble it. The song these records played was very close to Flight of the Bumblebee. So close in fact that they nicknamed the Sigsaly the Green Hornet as that song was the theme song. So Disco Volante means French record player playing Flight of the Bumblebee as Flight of the Bumblebee is the epitome of Volante.

    By the way Project X started the day that Ian Fleming arrived in New York in May 1941. The Sigsaly was called Project X and subsequently the recent revelation of the AT&T wiretapping network is called Project X as described in the Intercept journal.

  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Quite unique life! You have a book to write ;)
  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    I want to add one thing about the question regarding of if there are photos of Ian with Jack. AT&T assigned a man to have the President of the United States as their primary customer. The President was assigned to Jack. If there was any evidence that Ian and Jack knew each other then it would create a national security risk. Back then, and maybe now, there were a crew of four men that would travel ahead of the President every time he traveled. These four men would set up two phone lines so that the President is always connected securely no matter where he traveled. The called this crew "Stephen's Raiders".

    Within a month I plan on having a couple of chapters written and a presentation package to be placed within publishers hands.
  • chuckxchuckx Virginia
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    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JvUC6K5dKUzdw8tT5Dy7D2kg19UQTXig/view?usp=sharing

    For what it is worth. Here are the teeth that Ian wrote about.
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