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Operation Mincemeat: Ian Fleming’s Greatest Untold Story

The Man Who Never Was (1956) I remember this film. At the time, I thought it was fiction, but now has been proven true. And wouldn’t you know it: Ian Fleming may have written the plot. In 1943, Royal Navy … Continue reading

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From Where Exactly Did the OO7 Designation Originate?

Ian Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) I knew I’d get around to this individual eventually. His story reads like a spy novel, full of twists and turns, and unexpected resolutions, including James Bond’s number. I have rectified … Continue reading

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John Dee’s Cryptic Code

Diary Entry Dated December 9, 1579 Θις νιγτ μι υυιφ δρεμιδ θατ ονε καμ το ἑρ ανδ τουχεδ ἑρ, σαιινγ, “Μιστρες Δεε, yου αρ κονκειυεδ οφ χιλδ, ὑος ναμε μυστ βε Ζαχαριας; βε οφ γυδ χερε, ἑ σαλ δο υυελ … Continue reading

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Listening to the Sound of Silence

The Secret Book of Dzyan I started reading this little book about the ‘oldest manuscript in the world’ yesterday. What have I gleaned, so far? The Language of the Book of Dzyan Like all secret manuscripts stored in Shambhala, the … Continue reading

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The Secrets Behind the Master Spy Writer

David Cornwall (October 19, 1931 – December 12, 2020) I’ve read at least 20 of John le Carré‘s 25 novels, and the memoir “The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life” written in 2016. I feel I know the author from … Continue reading

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Code Name: Madeleine

Noor Inayat-Khan (January 1, 1914 – November 13, 1944) Here is a spy of a different kind. She features in Lars Muhl’s book as a Jeanne d’Arc character in a long line of Mary Magdalene women. Here’s the passage: ‘As … Continue reading

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In View of Everything I’ve Learned Recently…

You Only Live Twice (1967) Of all the James Bond films, this is the one that ‘bothered’ me the most. Now I understand why. Past life memory can be a spur to look deeper, but it took something else to … Continue reading

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Inside Out: Playing Langley at Its Own…

Spy Game (2001) Another Netflix gem, this time starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The movie is a flashback memory of the recruitment and running of “Boy Scout” from the Vietnam War (1975), to East Germany, and then finally to … Continue reading

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John Drake: America’s “Secret Agent” Man

Patrick McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) I’m being a bit cheeky here, since John Drake’s and Patrick McGoohan’s birth time and date are identical. And (t)he(y) was/were born in Astoria, New York. That’s surprising. But Patrick may … Continue reading

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And We Thought: It’s Just a TV Show…

The Prisoner (1967-1968) I was a great fan of Patrick McGoohan. I’d watched him as John Drake in Danger Man (a British B&W TV show from ITV). When this new show came out, I watched it, too. But it was … Continue reading

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