Jim Mehdi Latrache-Qvortrup

"The Mole: Undercover in North Korea"

Jim Mehdi Latrache-Qvortrup

Jim Mehdi Latrache-Qvortrup, or better known as “Mr James”, is a former French foreign legionnaire and convicted criminal.

In this documentary, Mr James puts on the identity of a Scandinavian businessman with a lot more money than morals. He is an international arms dealer, buying stinger missiles from North Korea for anyone who will have them.

We see Larsen and Latrach-Qvortrup travel to North Korea where, in a secret luxury bunker, officials show them a menu of weaponry, missiles, tanks, etc, that Mr James might like to buy. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship that reaches over borders, around ideological differences and under U.N. sanctions, and culminates in them agreeing to a complicated triangle deal with a Jordanian smuggling oil into North Korea.

Mr James says he’s an adrenaline junkie, and he got involved because he needed a fix.

“I’d been out of prison for two years and I had started psychology at Copenhagen University and that was boring as hell so I just saw it as an adrenaline kick.”

He says he brought some of his previous wild living drug-dealer existence to the part.