Best role model for spy
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.”