Roald Dahl was a real-life James Bond style spy, new book reveals
August 7, 2010
Apparently motivated by a combination of duty and lust, Dahl slept with countless high society women while gathering intelligence in the United States.
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His life as a young, handsome and dashing RAF officer in the early 1940s is detailed in a new book by Donald Sturrock, Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl, which is serialised today in The Sunday Telegraph.
Antoinette Haskell, a wealthy friend of Dahl’s who looked up to him as a brother even though he was “drop dead gorgeous”, said the author had a “whole stable” of women to wait on his every need. “He was very arrogant with his women, but he got away with it. The uniform didn’t hurt one bit ‚Äď and he was an ace [pilot],” she said. “I think he slept with everybody on the east and west coasts that had more than $50,000 a year.”
It is not known exactly how Dahl was recruited as a British agent, but it is thought he was working loosely for BSC by the first four months of 1944 when, officially, he had a public relations role at the British Embassy in Washington DC. He was “run” from New York by William Stephenson, a buccaneering Canadian industrialist and businessman.