'I'll come straight to the point," said "M", looking across the desk at his top agent. "I've got a job for you, Bond. I want you to start painting. Show the world out there what this organisation is really all about. Show them the world of spying, Bond. Show it like it is . . . put it on canvas with a brush and paints . . ."
In all his fictitious exploits, Ian Fleming's James Bond never did get to be a painter. But about 18 months ago, proving that life is often stranger than fiction, a conversation much like this really did take place. Sitting behind the desk was the then head of MI6, Sir John Scarlett – who was known, as all heads of MI6 are, not as "M" but as "C", for chief – and opposite him, a rather dapper man in his early 40s by the name of James. Not a spy called James Bond, but an artist called James Hart Dyke.
source: The Guardian
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