It’s one thing to be the hometown of a famous World War I Flying Ace, but could there be a connection to the great James Bond franchise, too? Captain Arthur Roy Brown was born in Carleton Place in 1893, and is credited with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron.” There is also some evidence to suggest he may have influenced the creation of the legendary fictional spy character in Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories.
After the war, Brown and Fleming spent time in southern Ontario at or near the military spy training centre known as Camp X, which was operated by Fleming’s good friend William Stephenson. Stephenson is better known as the spy “Intrepid” and was credited with having shot down the Red Baron’s brother, Luther. One local resident has uncovered a number of interesting coincidences between Brown and Bond, including a connection with the story “You Only Live Twice,” a compelling scar similarity and possibly a Miss Moneypenny link, too.