Best role model for spy

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BUD­DING spies would do far bet­ter to take un­ob­tru­sive spy­mas­ter Ge­orge Smi­ley, right, as a role model than James Bond, ac­cord­ing to the head of the Bri­tish se­cret ser­vice.

MI6 chief Alex Younger said he would take the “quiet courage and in­tegrity” of John Le Carre’s cre­ation “over the brash an­tics of 007, any day”.

“My staff are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Bri­tish pub­lic, firmly rooted in the val­ues of our lib­eral democ­racy, do­ing some ex­tra­or­di­nary and highly ef­fec­tive work in the face of a set of for­bid­ding mod­ern threats,” he said.

“Our fic­tional por­trayal, by con­trast, can be pretty wild, and of­ten down­right cyn­i­cal.”

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