James Bond has nothing on Dusko Popov. a double agent for the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI during World War II, Popov seduced numerous women, spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslavian diplomat…
On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money―which he had just stolen from the Germans―belonged to the British. From the sideline, watching with intent interest was none other than Ian Fleming…
The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster, he was expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI.
On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-Day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German Secret Service Headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway...
Into the Lion’s Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man’s entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers―including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov―the inspiration for James Bond.
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Table of Contents
Dramatis Personae xi
1 Forging the Anvil 3
2 Exiting Feet First 9
3 Spying For Hitler, Killing For Churchill 14
4 Magic 21
5 The Bee Hive 28
6 Too Many Devices 39
7 Passion and Addiction 46
8 Death in the Afternoon 54
9 "He's Not Dead" 61
10 Taranto and the Target 68
11 Casino Estoril 77
12 Pearl Harbor Warning 88
13 Cover-Up 99
14 I'll Kill Her 115
15 Butterflies and Carnage 123
16 Blown 133
17 Incomplete Canvas 146
18 The Art of the Silent Kill 154
19 "Turn Around Slowly" 165
20 Ticking 174
21 Five Lives 182
22 Shots Rang Out 189
23 Truth Serum 198
24 Auf 209
25 D-Day 221
26 Naked and Shaved 237
27 Ulla 241
28 Partisan Politics 247
29 Johnny 254
Sources and Acknowledgments 267
Appendix 1 August 19, 1941, Transmittal Letter from E. J. Connelley to J. Edgar Hoover With Pearl Harbor Questionnaire 273
Appendix 2 Popov Operations 277
Appendix 3 Ian Fleming's Bond and Potential Models 279
Appendix 4 Living Casablanca and Dr. No 285
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Information was very interesting, but OMG all the names, all the code names... So confusing. One needs a map of sorts to keep them straight. The author also uses different code names of one person when describing one event. Even in the same sentence! Sometimes it is frustrating & overwhelming reading and trying to keep my interest in the story or just keeping the story straight. Took me over a year to make myself finish reading. So sad for such an interesting subject.
Fantastic book. If you are into WW2, this is a must read. The "Art of Manliness" web site had a Pod cast on this. Check it out.