Duško Popov

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Duško Popov
Duško Popov, 1940
Birth nameDušan Popov
Born(1912-07-10)10 July 1912
Titel, Austro-Hungary (present-day Serbia)
Died18 August 1981(1981-08-18) (aged 69)
Opio, Alpes-Maritimes, France
AllegianceNaval Ensign of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Years of service1940–1945

Dušan "Duško" Popov OBE (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан "Душко" Попов; 10 July 1912 – 10 August 1981) was a Serbian triple spy agent. He worked as part of the MI6 and Abwehr during World War II, and passed off disinformation to Germany as part of the Double-Cross System and working also as agent for the Yugoslav government-in-exile in London.

Popov was known for his lifestyle and attracted women during his missions, including the French actress Simone Simon.[1]

Popov is believed to be one of Ian Fleming's primary inspirations for the character of James Bond.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Koster, John (2012). Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR's White House Triggered Pearl Harbor. Regnery. ISBN 9781596983298.
  2. "World War II Spy Popov Dies; May Have Been Model for Bond". Chicago Tribune. 24 August 1981.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)