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David Cornwell is the real man behind the famous author, John le Carré. Every few years, John steps back into the limelight. He is either promoting a new book or else talking about his back catalogue, which is not as extensive as you may think. Although, to the surprise of all Smiley fans, Penguin have announced one last Smiley adventure will be released in September 2017.
In the first few episodes we look behind the names of a few of our most famous spies. We didn’t want to start with Kim Philby or the Cambridge Five. They will have their day. We start today with Sir Maurice Oldfield, C himself.
Section 7. That doesn’t conjure up much at all. The Intelligence and Security Act sounds dull too. Actually, that is not the correct name of the act. What concerns us here is the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) of 1994. Buried deep within are a number of sections, as with all such acts. Section 7 is very special indeed.
As part of my research for the upcoming Airbnb Spies of London experience, I have been listening to the BBC Radio adaptations of the complete George Smiley novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley. The very first book, Call For The Dead, is actually a whodunnit. But true spy novels are not murder mysteries.