Spy Stories

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John le Carré


news, links

America's Madness http://www.snopes.com/rumors/lecarre.htm

Report: John Le Carre says he nearly defected. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20080914-0921-britain-johnlecarre.html

Tinker, tailor, soldier, defector — John le Carré: I nearly left the West. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4749197.ece http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4746981.ece

John le Carré has a surprising new story to tell. When Rod Liddle tracked John le Carré to Land’s End for an exclusive interview, the 76-year-old writer revealed a startling secret. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4746982.ece


  • Call for the Dead (1961)
  • A Murder of Quality (1962)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) (Edgar Award 1965, Best Novel)
  • The Incongruous Spy (omnibus) (1964)
  • The Looking-Glass War (1965)
  • A Small Town in Germany (1968)
  • End of the Line (1969)
  • The Naïve and Sentimental Lover (1971)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)
  • The Honourable Schoolboy (1977)
  • Smiley's People (1979)
  • The Quest for Karla (omnibus) (1982)
  • The Little Drummer Girl (1983)
  • A Perfect Spy (1986)
  • The Russia House (1989)
  • The Secret Pilgrim (1990)
  • The Unbearable Peace (non-fiction) (1991)
  • The Night Manager (1993)
  • Our Game (1995)
  • The Tailor of Panama (1996)
  • Single & Single (1999)
  • The Constant Gardener (2001)
  • Absolute Friends (2003)
  • The Mission Song (2006)

Cambridge Five

a ring of Soviet spies in the UK who passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II and into the early 1950s. It has been suggested they may also have been responsible for passing Soviet disinformation to the Nazis. The ring has been proven to have included Kim Philby (cryptonym: Stanley), Donald Duart Maclean (cryptonym: Homer), Guy Burgess (cryptonym: Hicks), and Anthony Blunt (cryptonym: Johnson).


Kim Philby

(1 January 1912 – 11 May 1988)

In 1963, Philby was revealed as a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five, along with Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross. Of the five, Philby is believed to have done the most damage to British and American intelligence, providing classified information to the Soviet Union that caused the deaths of scores of agents.


James Bond

Philip Agee

excerpts from the book: CIA Diary, Inside the Company http://thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA/CIA_Diary_Agee.html

pub 1975


The Sandbaggers

The Sandbaggers was a British spy series produced by Yorkshire Television first released in 1978 and ending in 1980. The series creater, Ian Mackintosh, disappeared under mysterious circumstances while crossing Canada in a single engine plane in July 1979. IMDb Main Details

I received the complete collection of three DVD boxed sets from an acquaintance when I helped clear up the leavings of her yard sale. I had no idea I was receiving (for free) such a great set of videos. listing on Amazon

The series took place during the height of the Cold War. Here is a link to a very good site: The Ops Room.


My Name is Anna Wiseman, author: http://www.charlesgidleywheeler.com/works.htm

Danger Man/Secret Agent Man

A British TV series devised by Ralph Smart staring Patrick McGoohan as Agent John Drake.


Season One

39 1/2 hour shows, 1960-61


Season Two

22 one hour shows, 1964-65


Season Three

23 one hour shows, 1965-66



Season Four

2 one hour shows, 1967


The Prisoner

The Prisoner was a series created by Patrick McGoohan in 1966.

After he resigns, an agent is kidnapped and wakes up in 'The Village'. His captors want to know why he resigned but it is not clear who they are or who they represent. Some of his former coworkers do appear but it's still not clear who's side they are on.

John Le Carre introduced the idea in 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' that the west had adopted the brutal techniques of the East. Further, the spy agencies were really just perpetuating themselves; they became so involved with double agents that they ignored real intelligence.

In the The Prisoner we always know that Number 6 is the good guy. Individualism is strong and will win over constant surveillance and torture.


Arrival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs1ekTX_8zM






The Avengers