Usual reconnaissance is strictly monitored and almost always undercover, making the acts of these celebrities even more legendary for the fact that not only were they all some of the most famous people in the world, but also they performed in broad daylight as themselves. The story begins with Britain unable to effectively combat the Germans. While they sweated out what most of them assumed could be their last days before they begin speaking German, an elite group of celebrities was assembled with one objective: to spy on the United States and convince them to join the war.
The group was named the “Baker Street Irregulars” and consisted of such famous names as Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, children’s author Roald Dahl, Noel Coward, and Leslie Howard. If this group wasn’t badass enough, their boss was Canadian soldier and inventor Sir William Stephenson who was the inspiration for James Bond! These people were primarily picked for their uncanny abilities to seduce, charm, and win over the hearts of foreigners. One interesting mission was when Dahl was ordered to seduce the wife of Henry Luce, the owner of Time, Life and Fortune magazines, because he was considered to be an anti-British isolationist.
Dahl did the job successfully. So successfully in fact that he begged his superiors to let him stop saying, “I am all fucked out! That goddamn woman has absolutely screwed me from one end of the room to the other.” The Irregulars were stunningly successful. They even managed to slip a false map of South America to President Roosevelt that convinced him that the Germans planned on conquering the rest of the world! Even after the US had joined the war effort the Irregulars continued to stay in North America among the many celebrities of the day.
In fact, Dahl was invited to the White House because Eleanor Roosevelt said her grandchildren enjoyed his books. However, things got a little awkward when FDR casually let Dahl know that he was aware of his mission and his particular…methods.