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Even then, MI5 botched its attempt to bring him back to England when they failed to intercept the spy as he landed in France. Some insiders, and Ian Fleming may have been one of them, knew that Burgess was no ordinary diplomat. During the war he had served in SIS’s Section D, and he had also acted as an agent-runner for MI5. He possessed a very detailed knowledge of Great Britain’s secret world, and his brother Nigel was still a serving senior MI5 officer. It is hard to fathom now just how much Fleming knew or was told about the defectors, but there were three essential factors that only a handful of intelligence professionals in London knew.
RELATOR was eventually disbanded in August 1941, following the German invasion of the Soviet Union, when SOE recognized that MAD DOG was redundant, and H Section was disbanded and its files consigned to a classified archive, leaving the only remaining clue to GOLDENEYE in the name of Fleming’s home. The reliance on true life is to be found with many of the places Fleming mentioned, for even if he changed their names, they were readily identifiable to aficionados. There is no such seaside resort as Royale-les-Eaux “north of Dieppe,” but the combination of Le Touquet, Deauville, Trouville, Estoril, and Biarritz is immediately apparent in Casino Royale.
By the time the establishment closed, in September 1944, it had taught some 273 candidates, including 10 Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents and 40 Office of Strategic Services personnel. However, according to William Stevenson, a Canadian and the author of the notoriously inaccurate A Man Called Intrepid, Ian Fleming underwent training at Camp X when he visited Ottawa for the QUADRANT conference in August 1943. This claim was investigated by the respected historian David Stafford who found it to be bogus.