After swerving out of his little Chelsea square, James Bond “pushed the car fast up Sloane Street and into the Park”. And with that clue, one of the spy world’s biggest secrets may just have been cracked.

The author William Boyd claims that he has pinpointed the house where the spy’s creator Ian Fleming placed his character when 007 was able to enjoy some home comforts, which happens to be a few car lengths away from where John le Carré placed George Smiley, Britain’s other great fictional spy character of the 20th century.

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