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“The Fleming Files”

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Posted February 5, 2014

At Teleport City, The Gutter‘s own Keith examines Ian Fleming’s historical and fictional lives in espionage. “There were many British celebrities who dabbled to some degree or other in intelligence work during the war: Fleming, of course, but also entertainer Noel Coward[,] occult fiction author Dennis Wheatley, even notorious Ordo Templi Orientis leader Aleister Crowley were counted (or counted themselves) among the ranks of British intelligence agents during the Second World War. It can be difficult, given the protected nature of verifiable documentation in this regard, to ascertain how much each of these men was actually involved versus how much of it was self-aggrandizement. Whatever the case, the world needs a story where those four secret agents are assigned the task of combatting Heinrich Himmler and his mystical Vril Society.”

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