James Leasor 1923 - 2007 was a prolific British author, who wrote historical books and thrillers. Leasor's 1978 book, Boarding Party, about an incident from the Second World War that until that time was secret, was turned into a film, The Sea Wolves, starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven.
He became a full-time author in the 1960s, after the success of his novel, Passport to Oblivion, one of the best selling books of the 1960s, a thriller featuring Dr Jason Love, which was filmed as Where the Spies Are in 1965 starring David Niven. He wrote several more thrillers featuring Love, as well a string of other novels. He continued to write historical books, and later titles included Green Beach, about the Dieppe Raid in 1975, Boarding Party in 1978, which was filmed as The Sea Wolves, The Unknown Warrior, about an agent who was part of the D-Day deception plans, Who Killed Sir Harry Oakes and Rhodes and Barnato, which was his final book, published in 1997.
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