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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Retired Frogman Claims Spy Killing

LONDON -- A Cold War mystery over the fate of a naval officer who inspired the fictional spy James Bond was given a new twist when an ex-Russian frogman claimed to have killed the veteran, the BBC reported Friday.

Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb disappeared while diving near Portsmouth on April 19, 1956, and has long been assumed to have died on a secret spying mission.

Russian warships were in the harbor at the time as part of a visit by former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Retired Russian sailor Eduard Koltsov told a Russian film crew that he slit the throat of the Briton, the BBC said.

"I saw a silhouette of a diver in a light frogman suit fiddling with something at the starboard, next to the ship's ammunition stores," Koltsov told the Russian documentary team. "I swam closer and saw that he was fixing a mine."

Crabb's headless body washed up in southern England in June 1957.