STUDENTS at Glasgow University are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of the politician, diplomat, soldier and adventurer who is thought to have been the inspiration behind James Bond.

The university, together with the family of Sir Fitzroy Maclean, is to honour his memory by offering eight postgraduate scholarships over four years to students coming to Scotland from those areas he visited and is honoured in.

They include Georgia, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and the former Yugoslav republics of Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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In addition, 28 travel scholarships will be available to Glasgow students to support them in making trips to develop an existing skill or learn a new one, in keeping with Sir Fitzroy's passions.

Ian Fleming is reputed to have based his creation, James Bond, on Sir Fitzroy, who was born in 1911 and died in 1996.

His son, Sir Charles MacLean, said the scholarships would "create opportunities for students to keep alive his memory in the boundless pursuit of knowledge and adventure".

University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anton Muscatelli, added: "These important scholarships will not only be of great benefit to our students but will be a fitting tribute to an outstanding individual."