LONDON (AP) - Patrick Dalzel-Job, whose wartime exploits made him a model for James Bond, has died at 90, his son said Thursday. During World War II, Dalzel-Job commanded one of the naval teams led by Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, in undercover raids on occupied Europe. Dispatched to Norway during World War II, Dalzel-Job saved the people of Narvik from a Nazi reprisal bombing raid by arranging for them to be evacuated in fishing boats. He was threatened with a court martial, but reprieved when the Norwegian king awarded him the prestigious Knights Cross of St. Olaf, First Class.
Peter Jemmett, a member of Fleming’s unit, said later that when Fleming’s first Bond novels appeared in the 1950s, colleagues immediately recognized Dalzel-Job in the 007 character. “In contrast to a number of people who have claimed that they were the James Bond, Patrick has never made any fuss about it,” Jemmett said. Dalzel-Job later acknowledged that Fleming had told him he was the basis for Bond, but added, “I have never read a Bond book or seen a Bond movie. They are not my style. … And I only ever loved one woman, and I’m not a drinking man.”
That woman was Bjorg Bangsund, who was a schoolgirl when she joined Dalzel-Job and his mother in sailing his schooner Mary Fortune as far as Arctic Russia in 1939. In June 1945, Dalzel-Job returned to Norway searching for the girl, and married her within three weeks. Dalzel-Job had volunteered for military service when the war broke out and, with his knowledge of Norwegian waters, was ordered to help organize the landing of the Allied North-West Expeditionary Force in Norway, using mainly small local craft. His evacuation - against orders - of the people of Narvik in May 1940 prevented large numbers of casualties; just four Norwegians died.