Before Bond: Ian Fleming’s wartime commando

A Talk by Dave Roberts

In 1942, as Britain faced some of the darkest and most desperate days of the war, a young naval officer named Ian Fleming proposed the formation of an elite commando unit, an Intelligence Assault Unit. It’s job, to capture enemy codes, signal equipment, technology, weapons and more.

30 Assualt Unit (AU) would go on to be one of the most successful and prolific elite units of the war, operating in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Yugoslavia, Northern Europe and the Far East and captured vital information and equipment such as Enigma machines and codes, V-1 and V-2 weapons technology, state-of-the-art submarines and even German Scientists from right under the noses of the Soviet army.

Ian Fleming would become famous for his James Bond novels, but it was his wartime career and men of 30 AU and their exploits which would give him the inspiration for one of the most successful literary and film characters of all time.

Discover more about Fleming, his wartime commandos and their links with the Bond stories with this fascinating and entertaining presentation.

Ancient Worlds Talks

The Ancient Worlds evening talks take place on the first Wednesday of every month and are a brilliant way to delve deeper into our exhibitions programme. The talks are delivered by a wide range experts and offer insight into their field.

Evening talks are for members of The Atkinson Development Trust, however non-members are welcome for a fee of £5 (please pay cash on the door). Children under 16 go free (must be accompanied by and adult). Students go free (must show their student card).

See the full talks programme here.

The Atkinson Development Trust

The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity (no: 1161020) whose vision is to develop The Atkinson as a centre for communities to enjoy art and learn together.

There are many ways you can support, including becoming a member, sponsoring a seat and donating.

The support that we receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling The Atkinson to enhance our visitors experience and tell the story of Sefton.


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