Seems to me that they might have relied too heavily on Bond for ideas, at least when it came to assassination attempts on Castro.
The real-life CIA copied outlandish gadgets from Goldfinger and From Russia With Love, according to a University of Warwick analysis of declassified letters and interviews revealing the bond between Ian Fleming and Allen Dulles.
However the relationship between the former CIA director and the spy thriller writer went far deeper than raiding the novels for technological inspiration.
Through Dulles, the agency actively leaned on the British author to paint it in more positive light at a time when US film-makers, authors and journalists were silent about the activities of the CIA, fearful to even mention it by name.
Dr Christopher Moran from the University of Warwick has trawled through declassified letters and media reports from the 1950 and 60s for the study, “Ian Fleming and the Public Profile of the CIA”, published in the Journal of Cold War Studies.
He said: “There was a surprising two-way influence between the CIA and the James Bond novels during the Cold War, stemming from the mutual admiration between Allen Dulles and Ian Fleming.
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