Far from grasping at Cold War certainties, Le Carré's Smiley embraces the changing role of the British spy.
World War II poster.
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Trump's travel ban is an echo of policies passed in the United States during World War II.
A painting of Alex played by Malcolm McDowell in Stanley Kubrick’s film of A Clockwork Orange.
On the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth – A Clockwork Orange had a profound influence on the cultural and political landscape.
Head of MI5, Andrew Parker, testifying to the first parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee in 2013.
By choosing to talk to MI5's most outspoken press critics, the spy boss has made a very shrewd move.
Twentieth Century Fox
It's a million miles from the cartoon capers of James Bond, but remains a familiar tale of good versus evil.
In a world where the gadgets have taken over, Bond feels somewhat antiquated but he is inevitably privileged by the demands of cinema.
British foreign secretary Anthony Eden having a confidential chat with Soviet ambassador Ivan Maisky.
The Scheffer-Voskressenski family.
Ivan Maisky was Russia's ambassador to the Court of St James from 1932 to 1943. By charming his way into Britain's inner circles he arguably passed on more secrets than the infamous Cambridge Five.
What’s Russian for cloak and dagger?
For some, it began with a tap on the shoulder at Oxford or Cambridge. Now recruitment for British intelligence occurs via newspaper and online advertisements and aptitude tests through websites. Despite…