History Creator / RoaldDahl

5th Jan '17 2:34:08 PM DoctorCooper
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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president and his wife]], a young congressman named LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life Franchise/JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than Creator/IanFleming).

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Although Dahl's flying career was ended by the crash, his military service was not. He found himself assigned as Assistant Air Attache to the British Embassy in Washington DC. While there, his natural charm and ability with words and conversation got him a second, unofficial position with the British Security Co-Ordination, an office officially meant to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin coordinate security i.e. counterespionage with the United States]], but actually a quasi-espionage organization in itself, giving the British Government an inside view of American political activity, tracking down and discrediting pro-Nazi individuals, groups, and businesses, and working to make sure the United States maintained its commitment to assisting the British in their war effort. Dahl's part in this was to hobnob with [[FranklinDRoosevelt the president and his wife]], a young congressman named LyndonJohnson, UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson, and other notables, sometimes [[ReallyGetsAround with his penis]]. Yes, he was also very popular with the ladies, almost to the point of a real-life Franchise/JamesBond (and coincidentally, another intelligence officer he worked with on occasion was none other than Creator/IanFleming).
18th Dec '16 2:24:16 PM Xtifr
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'''Roald Dahl''' was a Norwegian-British author (1916-1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults.

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'''Roald Dahl''' Roald Dahl was a Norwegian-British author (1916-1990) most famous for his distinctively dark but often whimsical children's novels and poetry collections, though he started out as a writer of short stories for adults.
17th Dec '16 12:49:49 PM DrNoPuma
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* GenialGiraffe: The Giraffe in ''The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me'' is one of the protagonists, who uses his stretchy neck to help the animals in their window-cleaning business.
18th Nov '16 12:33:43 AM Adept
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* FamousLastWords: ''"Ow! Fuck!"'' Really. [[note]]Okay, that's not the whole story. That was just his reaction to getting pricked by an injection by the nurse in his hospital room. The last thing he told his family, who were present, was that he was not afraid of death, rather "It's just that I will miss you all so much."[[/note]]



* FemmeFataleSpy: Almost singular instance of [[GenderInvertedTrope gender inversion]]. After recovering from his near-fatal plane crash, Dahl was assigned to British Intelligence with the cover of an RAF attaché in Washington, where his assignment was to bed as many powerful American women as possible in order to gather intelligence on the US government [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2655185/Roald-Dahls-seductive-work-as-a-British-spy.html]]. His conquests included even Claire Booth Luce, a senator and wife of the publisher of TimeMagazine.
8th Nov '16 7:46:13 AM GGCrono
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->"I don't write horror stories, I write funny stories. I think they're funny, anyway"

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1st Nov '16 6:42:09 PM Saveelich
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* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (script)
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' (script)
1st Oct '16 12:29:50 AM TheWildWestPyro
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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that the Holocaust was terrible.[[/note]]:

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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish." Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that Hitler's persecution of the Jews was terrible and that the Holocaust was terrible.a horrific genocide.[[/note]]:
1st Oct '16 12:27:23 AM TheWildWestPyro
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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish."[[/note]]:

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Most controversially (and the obvious reason why he never received a knighthood or other official UK honours, other than an OBE which he turned down as he wanted his wife to be Lady Dahl) he was also quite the anti-Semite. [[note]]Having said that, Dahl himself maintained that he is not anti-Semite, but anti-Israel. He maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, "I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak." Amelia Foster, director of the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, states, "This (referring to the offending quote below) is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself. He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew, and thought nothing but good things from them. He asked me to be its managing director, and I'm Jewish."[[/note]]:" Dahl also did acknowledge in ''Going Solo'' that the Holocaust was terrible.[[/note]]:
20th Sep '16 6:28:24 PM Minni128
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** "Boy" and "Going Solo" are biopics, kind of. In his foreword Dahl explains that he skipped huge parts of his life story, because he felt that most autobiographies often had huge parts that were just boring details. That's why he choose to only write about the anecdotes from his life he never was able to forget. Granted, both books are also aimed a young reader audience, so it's possible he just wanted to give them the thrilling bits.
** Captain Lancaster from ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'' was based on Captain Hardcastle, a teacher Dahl had bad memories and wrote about in "Boy".
** The grandmother in "The Witches" is of Norwegian origin, an obvious wink to Dahl's own Norwegian roots.
3rd Sep '16 4:23:42 PM Sharlee
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* GenreAnthology: ''Tales of the Unexpected'', a 1979 ITV series, started out exclusively adapting his short fiction, although it later widened its scope to include other authors' works.

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* GenreAnthology: ''Tales of the Unexpected'', ''Series/TalesOfTheUnexpected'', a 1979 ITV series, started out exclusively adapting his short fiction, although it later widened its scope to include other authors' works.
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