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Charles de Salis

I met him some years ago in his house in the South of England. He was a kind man. He gave me all the instructions I needed to arrive there from Victoria Station, London. After…
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Ian Fleming: document unknown

Ian Lancaster Fleming, the creator of 007, worked as a Naval Intelligence Officer at the NID, the Naval Department directed by Admiral John Henry Godfrey. In 1941, both were in Lisbon, travelling to America. Ian Fleming was…
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“Klop” Ustinov

I wrote here  about the biography of Peter Ustinov's father, Ivan , written by Peter Day. Compared with what I knew from other sources, the author goes further in claiming that "Klop" was sent to Lisbon…
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Marya Mannes

In her book of memoirs, published in 1972, which I just read, Maria  von Heimburg Mannes tells us that she was in Lisbon during WW2 for intelligence gathering purposes, on behalf of the Counter-Intelligence Dept.…
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Kenneth Benton

Born in Wolverhampton (UK) in 1909; recruited to MI6 in 1937; worked in PCO in Vienna, later in Riga . From 1941 to 1944, he served in Madrid as head of counterespionage .  There he…
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The Third Man

Orson Welles in Carol Reed’s THE THIRD MAN (1949). Courtesy: Rialto Pictures / Studiocanal Harold Russel "Kim" Philby worked with Graham Greene in Section V of MI6 . Graham Greene wrote The Third Man, published in 1950. In order to…