Roald Dahl: Real Life James Bond

Roald Dahl: Real Life James Bond

The author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" lead an interesting life.

Do you know the name Roald Dahl? Probably you do because of his literary work, but you should know him because, if his biography is remotely accurate, he may be your father, grandfather, or great grandfather depending on when and where you were conceived. Maybe that's a bit of hyperbole, but judging by some of his bio and exploits Roald Dahl could easily be inspiration for James Bond.

While most people know Dahl as the author of childhood classics James And The Giant Peach, Matilda, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, he lived a full life before that time. Per the Telegraph, Roald Dahl lost his flight status with the RAF (Royal Air Force) in 1942 and was pressed into the clandestine services. Though, the US had entered the war in December of 1941 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dahl's job was to ensure enthusiastic American participation in WWII. He wrote propaganda and worked with Canadian spymaster William Stephenson. And along the way he bedded a lot of ladies, "I think he slept with everybody on the east and west coasts that [was worth] more than $50,000 a year."

And why not? He was an ace fighter pilot, had an English accent, and many of the able-bodied, young men were at war. At one point, Roald Dahl's conduct got him sent back to London only for his superiors to realize what a great job he'd been doing and reinstate him with promotion because "A certain amount of hank-panky was condoned, especially when it was for a good cause."

Later, he married eventual Oscar winner Patricia Neal. And he actually wrote the screenplay for the Bond film You Only Live Twice. Pretty incredible. We wonder if Dahl's "cocksman"-ship really kept the US in the war or if it was just a sweet perk.