COULD THIS BE FLEMING'S INSPIRATION FOR SPECTRE ?
Posted 22 August 2001 - 02:32 PM
As far as the full name itself is concerned, I have in front of me a cutting from a British film magazine which may shed some light on this question. Unfortunately the cutting doesn't have the name of the magazine on it (it may have been Empire, from memory), but it was part of one of those large Bond movie retrospectives that are trotted out for every new Bond (this one for TND). This section deals with the history of the casting for Bond in DR NO. Here's a small extract:
"...Niven was Fleming's preferred choice- being a long-time friend and wartime contemporary who also worked in the Secret Services for an organisation called PHANTOM...".
Well...Niven was Fleming's friend alright...he even gave Niven's name a run in his YOLT novel...but what about this PHANTOM organisation ?. On the net I can't find anything on it, however I did find a reference to it on a David Niven forum:
"On Mon, 14 Dec 1998, Daniel Ross wrote:
And what of David Niven who returned to his Regt- Royal Scots ?- and later became a Lt Col in "Phantom" ?".
Unfortunately, the respondent answered the first part of the question but omitted the last.
If anybody can shed any more light on this PHANTOM organisation, please drop a line here.
Posted 25 August 2001 - 02:25 PM
I'll try and keep digging on this. Either way I won't let this topic disappear. This PHANTOM could be a coincidence...but somehow I doubt it. There's another angle to consider in this, and that is...Kevin McClory. Did he have any input in the creation of SPECTRE ?. Most of us think he didn't but perhaps one man can help us...that man is Raymond Benson. As a Fleming expert he knows a lot about the history of SPECTRE and didn't he testify on EON's behalf during the last McClory law suit ?. Perhaps CB.NET can contact Benson and get his opinion on this topic ?.
Blue Eyes (24 Aug, 2001 12:57 p.m.):
Would anyone be willing to help look into it further? It would make a fantastic article!
Posted 24 August 2001 - 11:57 AM
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Posted 26 August 2001 - 07:09 AM
British signals unit which, as No.3 British Air Mission, transmitted information during the early months of the war about the front-line position of Belgian, British and French troops to the commander of British air units in France. Its initial purpose was to prevent Allied aircraft bombing friendly ground forces. After it was joined by Lt-Colonel G.F. Hopkinson, whose task it was to liaise with the Belgians, it expanded, and during the fighting which preceded the fall of France its highly mobile patrols were able to obtain up-to-date battlefield intelligence which was transmitted direct to Army HQ. It proved a great success and as GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom) and later as the Signals Reporting Regiment, operated with forward units in all the Allied campaigns in north-west Europe and in the Western Desert campaigns. Its F Squadron was attached to the SAS.
Phantom's system of obtaining battlefield intelligence proved unsuitable in the Western Desert. Instead, the J Service was formed in 1941. This intercepted the radio communications of friendly forward formation as well as those of the enemy, and relevant intelligence was immediately passed to the operations staff at army HQ. J Service layer fought in the north African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns and was amalgamated with Phantom in 1945. Its US equivalent was the Signals Information and Monitoring unit.
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Posted 22 August 2001 - 04:23 PM
PHANTOM is a great name for a villainous organization, or even a villain's name.
Are you reading this Mr. Benson?
Posted 22 August 2001 - 10:50 PM
It's a fascinating back story. I wonder how we'd go about researching it?