M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster

Wed 22 Nov / Quarterhouse

Historian Henry Hemming tells us the story of Maxwell Knight, the maverick MI5 officer, better known as ‘M’, a complex, a conflicted character and an inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy. For this talk, he will concentrate on the two women he recruited in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement, leading to the exposure of a Soviet spy-ring in the Woolwich Arsenal.

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