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Danvers Nettlefold wrote:

It always seemed to me that the Richard Burton character in Where Eagles Dare owed a good deal to Mr Sallust, with his penchant for infiltrating the Nazi High Command.

I hadn't thought of that, but you're right.

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Danvers Nettlefold wrote:

Any thread about Mr Wheatley in this forum would seem incomplete without some mention of his series of novels chronicling the adventures of wartime secret agent Gregory Sallust, surely one of 007's closest antecedents?

It's funny you should mention that just now as our esteemed member spynovelfan (spy author Jeremy Duns) wrote a lengthy article on the connections between Dennis Wheatley's Gregory Sallust and Ian Fleming's James Bond back in 2010. See the link below:

http://www.spywise.net/pdfs/wheatley.pdf

And only just today I learned that Jeremy Duns has a new book out, greatly expanding on his research on just this subject:

https://www.jeremy-duns.com/blog/2019/5 … sWnMAyPCh4

I've just bought a copy.

So it seems that the revival of this thread has been timely indeed!  ajb007/smile  ajb007/martini

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Now that I want to read. Thanks for the heads-up, Silhouette Man!

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Barbel wrote:

Now that I want to read. Thanks for the heads-up, Silhouette Man!

Me too! My pleasure! I only saw Jeremy's post on Facebook this evening but it was posted yesterday.  ajb007/smile

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Thankyou very much for this. Was aware of Jeremy’s article but not the new book.

I’d known about the Sallust-Bond connection since the early ‘70s when, as a youngster, I first read Wheatley’s spy novels before moving on (or up, as some would say) to Fleming.

The audio serial Filthy ’47 contains an oblique reference to the as-yet uncreated 007, and also namechecks Sallust. Wish we could also have shoehorned in a mention of Sallust’s M figure, the delightfully named Sir Pellinore Gwaine-Cust, said to have had "an eye for a horse and a pretty woman, and an infinite capacity for vintage port."