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Reilly, Ace of Spies - Episode 01 - 1901 - An Affair with a Married Woman


Reilly, Ace of Spies is a 1983 television miniseries dramatizing the life of Sidney Reilly, a Russian Jew who became one of the greatest spies ever to work for the British. Among his exploits, in the early 20th century, were the infiltration of the German General Staff in 1917 and a near-overthrow of the Bolsheviks in 1918. His reputation with women was as legendary as his genius for espionage.


The mini series was written by Troy Kennedy Martin, and based on the 1967 book Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart, whose father R. H. Bruce Lockhart was one of Reilly's fellow spies. Sam Neill stars as the eponymous character. The theme music is the romance movement from Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Gadfly Suite, though Shostakovitch is not actually credited (Harry Rabinowitz is credited with the music).

1 "An Affair with a Married Woman" Jim Goddard Troy Kennedy Martin 5 September 1983

1901: Professor Sydney Rosenblum is taken from a train and held under unofficial arrest in a provincial Russian village, suspected of stealing confidential oil surveys. The young wife of an elderly vicar may hold the secret to his escape.


Sidney George Reilly MC (/ˈraɪli/; c. 1873[a] – 5 November 1925), commonly known as the "Ace of Spies," was a Russian-born adventurer and secret agent employed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and later by the Foreign Section of the British Secret Service Bureau, the precursor to the modern British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6/SIS). He is alleged to have spied for at least four different great powers, and documentary evidence indicates that he was involved in espionage activities in 1890s London among Russian émigré circles, in 1900s Manchuria on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War, and in an abortive 1918 coup d'etat against Vladimir Lenin's Bolshevik government in Moscow.

Reilly disappeared in Soviet Russia in the mid-1920s, and British diplomat and journalist R.H. Bruce Lockhart publicised their 1918 operation to overthrow the Bolshevik regime. Lockhart's 1932 book Memoirs of a British Agent became an international best-seller and garnered global fame for Reilly. The memoirs retold the efforts by Reilly, Lockhart, and other conspirators to sabotage the Bolshevik revolution while still in its infancy.

The world press made Reilly into a household name within five years of his execution by Soviet agents in 1925, lauding him as a peerless spy and recounting his many espionage adventures. Newspapers dubbed him "the greatest spy in history" and "the Scarlet Pimpernel of Red Russia".The London Evening Standard described his exploits in an illustrated serial in May 1931 headlined "Master Spy". Ian Fleming used him as a model for James Bond in his novels of the 1950s and 1960s. Reilly is considered to be "the dominating figure in the mythology of modern British espionage".

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Artist Vladimir Pchelin's depiction of the 30 August 1918 assassination attempt on Vladimir Lenin by Fanya Kaplan.

Sidney Reilly was the world's greatest spy. He was the model for Ian Fleming's James Bond. He was part of the plot to kill Lenin among other missions. Take note of this episode as the wars for oil commence. The Russians are mapping the Persian Gulf in 1901. The British want IN!

Posted by George Freund on May 4, 2019 at 10:19 PM 46 Views