From the Daily Mail, this article about Jon Pertwee’s exploits before his acting career. Do try not to cringe too much at references to “Doctor Whos” and “playing Doctor Who”. It’s still pretty nifty.
I did all sorts. Teaching commandos how to use escapology equipment, compasses in brass buttons, secret maps in white cotton handkerchiefs, pipes you could smoke that also fired a .22 bullet. All sorts of incredible things. It suited me perfectly as I have always loved gadgets.
I’ve heard Pertwee described as the James Bond of the television series because of all the gadgets, but didn’t know this predilection had anything to do with his pre-television activities. Awright!