Advising Allies

During the war Fleming visited the United States several times to help develop security collaboration between the two Allies.  On one occasion he wrote a memorandum to advise US Colonel Donovan who had been asked by President Roosevelt to set up the Office of Strategic Studies (OSS), predecessor to the CIA.  The memo advised Colonel Donovan how to set up the organisation and included tips such as, ‘Make an example of someone at an early date for indiscretion and continue to act ruthlessly where lack of security is concerned.’

Ian Fleming in Naval Uniform from the photograph album of Maud Russell, c 1940Fleming in his Naval uniform

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