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'Buster' Crabb
'Buster' Crabb

'Buster' Crabb

Ian Fleming’s Favourite Spy, The Inspiration for James Bond


368 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $34.95)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9780750993784

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Oct 2020)

Price: $25.95


This book reveals details on Crabb's life and death, and has been revised and updated with additional information, and exclusive drawings and photographs from the late Noel Ashford, who trained with Crabb. Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb was the inspiration for James Bond. Fleming's favorite real-life spy, Crabb was a drinker and a gambler, who loved women, fast cars, and gadgets. A British naval frogman and bomb disposal expert, he worked under Fleming during World War II at Naval Intelligence and went on to conduct covert operations for SIS and MI5. Elements from Crabb's dangerous missions and eccentric lifestyle were incorporated into Fleming's novels. His inventions also sparked the role of Q; Miss Moneypenny was based on Crabb's aunt; and his underwater battle became a crucial scene in Thunderball. Crabb disappeared in 1957 following a secret dive beneath a Russian warship. One year later, a decapitated and handless body was found, sparking a major row between the government, the secret services, and the Admiralty that still smoulders today.

Author Biography

Don Hale is a writer, journalist, editor, and investigative journalist.