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Rolf Larsen was originally an unnamed Norwegian man that Bond remembered killing to earn his "00"-designation in Ian Fleming's original 1953 Bond novel Casino Royale, in 2018 he was given a name and a history by writer Anthony Horowitz in his novel Forever and a Day, a prequel to Casino Royale. He was a Nazi double agent in the second world war.

Biography

Early Life

Rolf was initially the editor of a counter-propaganda newspaper who escaped Norway in 1942 and got to England by way of Sweden before joining the Kompani Linge, and receiving parachute and military training. He then joined a task force known as the Oslo gang as a part of the Operation Mardonius operation, which sought to destroy the Nazi aircraft repair facilities at Oslo harbor. He finished the war with a Distinguished Service Order from England, and a War Cross with Sword from the Norway before moving to Stockholm, where he took advantage of lax-to-nonexistent business and labor regulations to become a tycoon in the lumber industry. He later married a Swedish aristocrat named Selma Ekman, doubling his fortune in the union, and fathered two daughters by her, who were only five and three at the time of his death.[1][2]

However, his heroism had all been a ruse. In reality he was a double agent for the Nazis, who had him take part in smaller operations while he kept them informed on allied movements. He was responsible for the deaths of at least 24 Norwegian agents, including some of those who had fought at his side. In 1944, two Norwegian scouts set out from the Shetland Islands as part of an assault on northern Norway, and Larsen sold them out, leading to their capture, torture, killing, and the abandonment of the operation.[3]

Forever and a Day (2018)

One night in 1950, Larsen attended a performance of Tosca at the Stockholm Opera House while his wife and daughters were on vacation at Uppsala for the weekend. At about ten o'clock he left the show, and had turned out the lights in his bedroom by 10:30. Sleeping lightly beneath one sheet in the warm night, he awoke with a burglar's hand clamped over his mouth. The assassin asked Larsen's name, letting him know that he was British by his accent. The man then told Larsen that he was here for Bourne and Calder, the names of the two men he had betrayed in 1944 and he understood that the man was here to assassinate him. The agent then drove his knife through Larsen's neck and into his brain, leaving the war criminal to bleed out and taking his wallet, cufflinks, and Rolex Speedking to make it look like a common murder.[4]

See Also

References

  1. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 10-11. ISBN 0062873628. 
  2. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 13. ISBN 0062873628. 
  3. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 11. ISBN 0062873628. 
  4. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 14-18. ISBN 0062873628. 
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