Sidney Reilly the real James Bond

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Sidney Reilly the real James Bond

Post by weasel666 on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 18:28

Sidney George Reilly (c. 1873 – c. 1925), commonly known as the so-called "Ace of Spies", was a secret agent of the British Secret Service Bureau, the precursor to the modern British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6/SIS). He is alleged to have spied for at least four different powers. Reilly's fame was created during the 1920s, in part by his friend, the British diplomat and journalist Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart, who publicized their thwarted operation to overthrow the Bolshevik regime in 1918. The London Evening Standard published in May 1931 a serial, headlined "Master Spy", imparting his exploits. Later Ian Fleming used Reilly as a model for James Bond. Today many historians consider Reilly to have been the first 20th-century "super-spy". Much of what is thought to be known about him could be false, however, as Reilly was a master of deception and most of his life is shrouded in legend. wrote:

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