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The secret war mission that inspired Goldfinger scene
Posted: 21 April 2010 01:09 PM   [ Ignore ]
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It is one of James Bond’s most famous scenes, showing the agent at his deadliest

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Posted: 21 April 2010 01:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Unlike the Goldfinger mission, which began with James Bond rising from the sea with a fake duck on his head to disguise his underwater breathing apparatus, Mr Tazelaar’s operation did not run smoothly after the initial success.

On 18 January 1942, another party night, he was supposed to meet Mr Hazelhoff Roelfzema on the beach to collect two radio transmitters. But on his way to the rendezvous he was picked up by the Gestapo and taken away for questioning.

He managed to bluff his way out, however, by sticking to his story of being a drunken reveller and offering his interrogators a drink from a bottle of genever, or Holland gin, which he had taken with him. A local policeman, luckily also a member of the Resistance, vouched for him, and the Germans let him go.

But the Dutch Resistance was betrayed soon afterwards and he was unable to extract the two men he had been sent to rescue, although he was able to escape from the country himself.

Later in the war, he went to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to help in the struggle in the region against the Japanese. After the end of the war, he served with the military police during the Dutch colonial war in Indonesia, and became a CIA agent, carrying out missions in eastern and central Europe during the 1950s. He died in 1993.

Victor Laurentius, author of a recently published biography, De Grote Tazelaar, Ridder en Rebel (‘The Great Tazelaar: Knight and Rebel’), said that, like Bond, Mr Tazelaar was an inveterate daredevil who, during his missions, spent a lot of time in casinos and other places crowded by German officers.

“He had a lot in common with James Bond,” Mr Laurentius said. “He was good-looking, a cool womaniser, and in many ways an atypical spy.”

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See also IMDB entry on “Soldaat van Oranje” (“Soldier of Orange”)  by Paul Verhoeven about the adventures about the two entrepid dutch agents bases on the memoirs of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema.

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Posted: 22 April 2010 08:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I actually ended up with a DVD of Goldfinger from the library by accident (one of the librarians somehow included it in with some other stuff I picked up).  So I watched the first few moments of it just now to see how it went.  I wasn’t greatly impressed; it didn’t seem to have much point and looked like it was just done to show the cool idea of a guy stepping out of a wetsuit to reveal his fancy dress.  Which would fit in with the idea of some guy on the production crew thinking, “Hey, I just remembered a funny little incident!  Let’s see if we could stick it in this movie somewhere!”

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Posted: 22 April 2011 07:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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What a fascinating story. I find it very interesting that this kind of stuff actually happened during WW2, and probably still happens today. I can just imagine what it must have been like, to be a covert agent behind enemy lines. It must have been very frightening and daunting task to take on, and exhilarating to achieve their objective. Thank you very much for sharing this. I am wondering if anyone knows anything about the milo academy? Would love to talk to you about it if you have. Thank you.

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