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Ian Fleming met her and she might have been the source of inspiration for his "Bond Girl" character. Born to a family related to the last Tzars of Russia, she became a spy of Nazy Germany and later, a double agent working for the British ("On His Majesty's Service").
Larissa Swirski could have been the protagonist in a novel but was, in actual fact, real. Until certain MI5 files were declassified not that long ago, almost nobody knew the true identity of "The Queen of Hearts" – a key figure in the espionage network woven around Gibraltar in World War II.