Sidney Reilly, the Infamous Spy Who Inspired James Bond

007 took notes from the real Agent 17F.

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  • Intelligence agent Sidney Reilly, left, and Sean Connery as James Bond in 'Thunderball'.Photo Credit: Wikipedia / United Artists
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  • The Krupp armaments factory in Essen, Germany, c. 1915.

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  • Photo from Reilly's falsified German passport, left, and the transcript of his 1925 interrogation.

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