By Russell Miller
A colorful portrait of a celebrated, glamorous and bold guy who epitomized every little thing in regards to the lifetime of a undercover agent — and was once relatively probably the foundation for James Bond.
A filthy rich attorney, debonair girls’ guy, consummate actor, and brave gambler, Dusko Popov performed the position of playboy one of the most sensible echelons of British society to develop into one in every of Germany’s so much relied on spies. in truth, he used to be considered one of Britain’s such a lot profitable double brokers and, a few say, the foundation for James Bond.
With complete entry to FBI and MI5 files, in addition to inner most family members papers, his outstanding adventures can now learn authoritatively for the 1st time. Recruited by means of the Abwehr in 1940, 27-year-old Popov instantly provided his providers to the British. His code-name used to be Tricycle.
Throughout the struggle he fed the Germans with a relentless circulate of army “intelligence,” all vetted by means of MI5, and got here to be seen as their most crucial and trustworthy agent in Britain. but if he used to be ordered by way of the Abwehr to the U.S. to document at the defences at Pearl Harbor, J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, didn't heed his warnings, distrusting all spies and detesting Popov specifically whom he thought of to be a “moral degenerate.”
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SIMONE SIMON: Hollywood actress with whom Dusko had an affair. To Harvey, Nancy, Archie & Lulu in the hope they never have to live through a World War Codename Tricycle The True Story of the Second World War’s Most Extraordinary Double Agent Russell Miller Foreword Unravelling the life of a double agent in the Second World War, even with full access to the official records in London and Washington, is no easy task since in the murky world of espionage lies become intertwined with the truth. To add to the complications, Dusko Popov, indisputably one of Britain’s most successful and courageous double agents, had three wartime lives.
Clean shaven. Hands rather podgy, white and well-manicured. Receding forehead and determined chin. Is broad shouldered and thick set. When walking his gait is long-strided and slightly rolling and is the very reverse of military. When talking he gesticulates freely with his hands. He dresses well but carelessly, trousers always seem too long for him, prefers white silk shirts with soft collars and fancy ties. 5 Once the decision had been made to accept Popov as genuine, nothing was too much trouble to make him welcome.
Dusko’s mother was determined he would learn to play the violin; Dusko was equally determined he would not. He never left the house without his swimming costume packed in his violin case and always headed straight for the beach in preference to a music lesson. By contrast, tolerance and indulgence symbolised Milorad Popov’s relationship with his sons; when the boys were in their teens he built a separate house for them in the garden where they could entertain their friends – girls included. No expense was spared on Dusko’s education.