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James Bond-style spy gadgets on sale on eBay

08-Apr-2010 • Collecting

Gadgets worthy of James Bond used by British spies who trained at a top secret camp in Canada are being sold off on eBay, reports the Telegraph.

Items include a camera that shoots darts, a lipstick tube containing a dagger and fake monkey dung that explodes.

The armory was developed on the shores of a Canadian lake at Camp X near Ontario.

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was among the agents who learned their craft at the camp.

Other inventive items include a poison gas pen along with forged money, photographs, weapons, radio and uniforms.

They were left behind when the spy factory closed and have been housed in a museum until now.

For sale is a radio that was used by British Special Operatives to keep in touch with London which is expected to fetch £32,000.

Roald Dahl, along with Fleming, was a graduate in the arts of espionage from the camp which was half an hour from Toronto.

It was run by Britain's Special Operations Executive and overseen by the Canadian spymaster Sir William Stephenson - codename Intrepid - upon whom the character James Bond was based.

It was opened by the British on 6 December 1941 and closed by the end of the war although Canadian intelligence continued to use it until 1969.

Robert Stuart, a Canadian who died seven years ago, collected the gadgets and photos over a lifetime and was entrusted with many family heirlooms.

Since his death his daughter Deirdre took over the camp and pieces have started to appear on eBay to the consternation of those with links to Camp X who said many items had merely been loaned for display.

She defended her right to sell the memorabilia and told the Daily Mail: "If you didn't put it in writing, you pretty much gave it to us. How stupid are people? We've had this museum 33 years. It's ours."

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