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WING COMMANDER FOREST FREDERICK EDWARD YEO-THOMAS – British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent

“The White Rabbit”

His action-packed life was the stuff of boyhood fantasy

Tommy Yeo-Thomas was dropped into occupied France three times and fell into the hands of the Paris SS and Gestapo. Brutally interrogated to the point of death for a total of over 6 months at the SS and Gestapo HQ at 84 Avenue Foch and Fresnes Prison, he told the Germans nothing. Transported to Buchenwald Concentration Camp he escaped and eventually made his way to the Allied lines.

Espionage has always been a business marked by deceit, betrayal, and frequently, death. The fate of a captured spy is usually brutal, and even relatively benign entities like the Allies dealt harshly with such individuals. Still, their treatment was relatively kind compared to the Nazis. The remarkable World War II?spy stories?include heroes and villains, loyalists and traitors, and the greatest World War II spies that were motivated by duty, principle,?or just plain money.

Forest Yeo-Thomas

Recruited: February 1942

Role: Deputy Head (RF Section)

Missions: SEAHORSE, MARIE CLAIRE, ASYMPTOTE

Codenames: Shelley, “The White Rabbit”

Fate: Captured, deported to Germany, survived

Forest Frederic Edward Yeo-Thomas (who went by F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas) was not your typical clich? espionage agent, photographing documents in the early morning hours behind the embassy doors of some darkened office. After serving for two years in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, Yeo-Thomas requested even more hazardous duty in occupied France serving as a liaison between the French government in exile and the Resistance.

On his third mission in 1944, he was betrayed to the Gestapo and was so badly mistreated that he developed blood poisoning from the shackles worn during his isolated confinement. After numerous escape attempts (which prompted the Gestapo nickname “the White Rabbit”), Yeo-Thomas was transported to Buchenwald. He survived eight more months of abuse, escaped from a work detail, and eventually lead other POWs to freedom in the final days of the war. Yeo-Thomas is recognised by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as “among the most outstanding workers behind enemy lines whom Britain produced”. Yeo-Thomas is also credited as the inspiration for the character James Bond.

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Maybe Bond isn’t the best role model?

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People are Stupid, Ctd

This is taking an interest in something to obsession like levels.

A British woman has changed her name by deed poll to become officially known by the combined monikers of 14 Bond girls.

The barmaid, formerly Emma-Louise Hodges, 28, is now “Miss Pussy Galore Honey Rider Solitaire Plenty O’Toole May Day Xenia Onatopp Holly Goodhead Tiffany Case Kissy Suzuki Mary Goodnight Jinx Johnson Octopussy Domino Moneypenny”.

Quite a mouthful, reports British tabloid?The Sun.

As the latest James Bond film,?Skyfall, is released in Britain, the brunette love interest wannabe spoke of her decision to change names.

“I’ve always thought how great it would be to be a Bond girl – and now I am,” Miss Moneypenny said.

Cool Bond/Coke collaboration

via Mashable

Coke Zero is at it again, teaming up with the James Bond franchise to tease the film series? next movie. This time, they?ve orchestrated an elaborate stunt for unsuspecting train passengers to win exclusive tickets to see?Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the 007 saga.

The stunt challenged people to race to a certain platform within 70 seconds, all the while dodging human obstacles throughout the busy train station.

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Sleek but basically useless

James Bond’s Walther PPK is really a girly gun:

It?s like shooting a cork from a fistful of barbed wire. You won?t hit anyone, but it?s okay, because if you did hit them, they?d just get really mad.

That?s the sleek but basically useless PPK, with which Ian Fleming ? who knew nothing about guns ? armed James Bond, and then died before both 007 and the pistol became icons.

Fleming presumably made his choice of weapon on the basis of design alone. And indeed, the PPK (in German it stands for ?short police pistol?) is a cool little beauty. It looks like Nietzschean poetry in steel, with a thrust of decadent Weimar art moderne to it. And it is Weimar, the latest thing from 1931, with its radical double-action design. It?s light, thin, designed for undercover work, meant to be carried a lot and shot a little. It was already old-fashioned by the time Connery got his in ?62.

Its tragic flaw is that when it was designed, streamline was the hot lick, but nobody had heard of ergonomics; men adjusted to machines, not the other way around. And though it looks sleek, its edges are all razor sharp, while the trigger pull is like dragging a 75-pound rake across?gravel. When you finally get the 10-pound lever far enough back to fire, the pipsqueak jumps like a snapping mousetrap as it recoils, the slide shooting back in supertime, then forward again as all those edges cut into your flesh. Shoot a box of ammo, and your hand looks as though it?s been put through a meat grinder. You probably haven?t hit anything either, because the sights are tiny and the barrel short.

So the gun, like the man, is an illusion.

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Mental Health Break

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Sir Roger Moore reckons that Daniel Craig is the best Bond yet.

Skyfall – Coming Soon

The new Bond Film trailer:

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Designing Bond’s Style

Designing Bond’s Look from Barbican Centre on Vimeo.

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