William Stephenson statue - by Leo Mol (1999), photo by maryloudriedger; "Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, once said, 'James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is … William Stephenson.'" Stephenson was born in Winnipeg. Winston Churchill asked him to be the head of British security in NY coordinating counter-espionage efforts together with the U.S. He set up training for covert operators (including Ian Fleming). His code name was 'Intrepid.'
Winnie the Pooh has competition. The also-fictional James Bond also has roots in ‘the Peg’. He was inspired by William Stephenson, who rose from his hard-scrabble neighourhood to become the WWII spy Intrepid, “the ultimate of somebody in espionage.