> You might not be familiar with the adventures of Fritz Duquesne....I think, the greatest spy that ever lived or greatest conman ever, depending on what you choose to believe! >
What Ian Fleming chose to believe is that Sidney Reilly, a contemporary of Duquesne's, was the greatest spy who ever lived. Duquesne's relationships with some of the world's luminaries is mirrored by Reilly's association with the (in)famous merchant of death, Basil Zaharoff—Sir Basil yet! Reilly's easy way with easy wimmen was the basis for James Bond's similar predilection. There was a mid-1980s TV series on public television, with Australian Sam Neill playing Reilly and the late Leo McKern playing Zaharoff. Both Reilly and Duquesne met sad and distasteful ends.
Yeah, this is way distant from the Pacific 1942–1945, and I too am waiting for the ax to fall.