You probably know the name Roald Dahl, and it's even more likely you know some of his work.

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The BFG
  • Matilda

One part of Roald Dahl that you may not know is that he was basically James Bond. This comes directly from Dahl's Wikipedia page.

During the war, Dahl supplied intelligence from Washington to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with Dahl stating: "My job was to try to help Winston to get on with Roosevelt, and tell Winston what was in the old boy's mind."[52] Dahl also supplied intelligence to Stephenson and his organisation known as British Security Coordination, which was part of MI6.[50] Dahl was once sent back to Britain by British Embassy officials, supposedly for misconduct – "I got booted out by the big boys," he said. Stephenson promptly sent him back to Washington—with a promotion to wing commander.[56] Towards the end of the war, Dahl wrote some of the history of the secret organisation and he and Stephenson remained friends for decades after the war.[57]

And just in case that bores you to read, and you want something more entertaining. Here is part of a great Drunk History episode on Roald Dahl's life.