For generations, many of us have dreamed about having a licence to kill and the skill set to back it up. Before this description conjured MI6 agent 007 in the popular imagination, real-life agents learned the art and science of espionage during WWII at a top-secret spy school fifty kilometres east of Toronto.
Dubbed "Camp X" by locals, the paramilitary facility quickly became a hub for Allied communications and spy training in every field from assassination to intelligence. While serving in the British Naval Intelligence Division, Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond's character, visited Camp X on multiple occasions. Though Fleming's time in Canada certainly inspired elements of his series of British spy novels, the now-forgotten story of Camp X goes far deeper than movie trivia.
Read the full article on Hagerty.com: https://www.hagerty.com/media/opinion/the-elsinore-files/uncovering-canadas-forgotten-wwii-spy-schoo...
This is much more than an "opinion" piece; it's a glorious historical read. Nice work weaving an Aston-Martin into a much larger, more important story. Sometimes it's good to gently remind our American neighbours they didn't win the war all by themselves. The Bond films are mostly dreck, but you describe the real thing. Speaking personally, it's reasonant for me, since I lived near Eglinton/Avenue Road for several years and passed that church many times. Although it's no longer a church. I must congratulate Hagerty for elevating its journalism beyond mere auto fetishism.
As a Canadian I found that a very fascinating story.
My only issue was | had a hard time concentrating on the story because that beautiful Aston Martin's pictures kept distracting me! My god, what a profile!