Real-Life 007 Role Model Dies at Age 90
Patrick Dalzel-Job, who ran special operations in Norway during World War II and was considered one of Scotland's most remarkable wartime adventurers, has died in the West Highlands, at the age of 90, according to British press reports.
It was during WWII that Dalzel-Job joined the future writer, Ian Fleming, as part of a reconnaissance team in France, Belgium and Germany -- where Commander Dalzel-Job (who spent much of his career in intelligence and special operations with motor torpedo boats and submarines) was said to have inspired Fleming's eventual internationally famous fictional spy hero, James Bond, the BBC reports.
Dalzel-Job reputedly played down the comparisons, though he was known as being highly adventurous.
Long before joining the Royal Navy he had sailed his own schooner from Scotland along the Arctic coast of Norway as far as the Russian border, recalls the BBC.
It was his experience during that trip that later helped him land thousands of Allied soldiers in small boats without the loss of a single life. He also helped Norwegian civilians escape Nazi reprisals.
As his son -- named Ian -- said: "While acting against orders he then evacuated all the men, women and children and old people ... just before that town was destroyed by enemy bombers.
"He knew it would be attacked. But the only reason he escaped the court martial was that the king of Norway gave him his personal thanks."
As for James Bond's famous womanizing exploits, Dalzel-Job was apparently far more circumspect. According to the BBC remembrance, during the war, Commander Dalzel-Job fell in love with a Norwegian girl and five years later he went back, tracked her down and married her.