Secrets behind the real British Secret Intelligence Service
How real is James Bond's MI6?
- Duration 3:10
- Date Jan 25, 2013
How real is James Bond's MI6?
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Are with us for the last hour you know we were having some audio troubles during our interview with Gordon -- he is the author of the art of -- we have fix those problems are so we think and we are back with him now.
It is a history of MI six the modern history of MI six the British secret service agency.
If you say that you know conspiracy theorists came up with this idea that the George W.
A bush 43 is he's known in this country.
And Tony Blair.
Knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq but invaded anyway your book says is that small.
Yes the book really says that the intelligence agency simply got it wrong the politicians.
Talking particularly about here in London.
And would of stole the weapons -- -- they thought it because the intelligence agencies.
Told them they were so I really focus on trying to understand why.
MI six got it wrong over those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and incidentally a lot of that British intelligence was -- -- In the American case -- war but they simply were being told things by that agents in Iraq which would not true and the quality control the check came.
All that information simply failed.
People -- saying bases here facts here.
And that they believe did stay that checking simply didn't work and that played a key role in the case.
For the war and especially in Britain I think has done a lot of harm to the reputation all of MI six because the case was built on their work.
I hate to keep coming back to James Bond because he is a fictional character after all.
Are you able to hear me okay.
But -- -- -- all right but but.
You say that these days within MI six a life has come to imitate art in someone's.
When I try I think one of them that that mix between the the fiction to welcome John -- right in the Ian Fleming's James Bond and realities on the makes.
And at times -- -- the fiction has.
Influence the reality I mean they're -- MI six offices who will talk about.
How when they fed being to Africa to meet someone they didn't know who whether the person they were meeting.
Would know anything about them that person's extended that hand when they said that from MI six and said.
-- Because they've heard of the myth that James Bond and an MI -- -- -- had to make.
That he didn't think -- get that reception if he was from the Belgian Secret Service said the myths and the fictions have certainly influence the reality.
All of British espionage and love the language has come from -- on the -- that's not to say it's -- -- really like the fiction I think there are a lot of people.
We wish it was a bit more like the fiction but they think we're very close relationship between the front and -- fiction partly.
Because suddenly the light since all of spy fiction who defines how we think about the spy world well themselves former intelligence offices Graham Greene -- -- carry both clip from my six in Fleming wrote bond.
Words that naval intelligence during World War II.
The story of the exploding RAZR is worth the read Gordon Carreira the author of the art of betrayal court.
Thank you for being with us.