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Sun, 12 Apr 2020 13:11:27 GMT
MI6 and MI5 expect Beijing to be more assertive and want government to consider tighter control of strategic industries
Britain’s intelligence community believes the UK needs to reassess its relationship with China after the coronavirus crisis subsides and consider if tighter controls are needed over high-tech and other strategic industries.
They reckon China will become more assertive in defending its one-party model as having successfully tackled the pandemic and that Boris Johnson and other ministers will have to take a “realistic view” and consider how the UK responds.
We have failed to take a strategic view of Britain’s long-term economic, technical and security needsContinue reading...
Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:59:21 GMT
Footage, preserved in original canister, shows people who worked at secret wartime site
Unique and “astonishing” film footage has emerged of men and women who worked for one of Britain’s most secret second world war units.
The 11-minute silent film shows smiling staff who worked for MI6 Section VIII at Whaddon Hall in Buckinghamshire, a secret site connected to Bletchley Park. It was at Whaddon that some of the nation’s most skilled wireless operators would send out messages that had been decrypted by codebreakers.Continue reading...
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:00:31 GMT
In a penetrating and entertaining memoir, the Guardian’s former intelligence reporter exposes the folly of excessive state secrecy
It was the 1960s and Richard Norton-Taylor had just finished Oxford with a third-class degree in history. “What would you like to do?” his tutor asked him. Norton‑Taylor shrugged. A few days later, he found himself arriving at a grand building in Carlton Gardens.
It was the headquarters of MI6. Upstairs a figure with a military bearing in a pin-stripe suit greeted Norton-Taylor. The person said: “Don’t tell anyone you have come here.” Another interview followed. It featured questions on the policy of Harold Wilson’s Labour government towards Southern Rhodesia.
The “fetish” for keeping the public ignorant is absurd and counterproductive, he arguesContinue reading...
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:56:57 GMT
Court rules that evidence given in secret did not mean his murder trial was unfair
The European court of human rights has dismissed the appeal by the former Chinese dissident and MI6 informant Wang Yam that he had not had a fair trial because his defence evidence was held in secret on grounds of national security.
In the latest chapter of the long-running case, the court ruled that the exclusion of press and public from his trial for murder in 2008 had not resulted in unfairness.Continue reading...
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 06:00:25 GMT
High court judge grants permission for challenge by David Davis and others
The government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry into allegations that the security services were complicit in the torture and abduction of terror suspects after 9/11 is to be subjected to a full scale legal challenge.
A high court judge, Mr Justice Hilliard, has granted permission for lawyers representing the former Brexit secretary David Davis, the Labour politician Dan Jarvis and the human rights organisation Reprieve to launch a judicial review of the government’s decision in July not to examine extraordinary rendition claims.Continue reading...
Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:15:35 GMT
No 10 did not ‘push matter’ to avoid offending US president, say commissioners of Steele dossier
The UK’s intelligence agencies were aware that Donald Trump may have been compromised by the Kremlin but Theresa May’s government – including then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson – chose not to pursue the matter for fear of offending the US president, a new book claims.
According to Crime in Progress, to be published next week in the US and UK, MI6 was “already aware” in 2016 of “suspicious links” between Russia and the Trump campaign. The book is written by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, who co-founded the Washington research firm Fusion GPS.
Related: How Trump walked into Putin’s webContinue reading...
Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:45:33 GMT
Businessman who has given party more than £1.3m denies he is agent for Kremlin
The Conservative donor Alexander Temerko has called for the publication of a parliamentary report on Russian influence in British politics, suppressed by Boris Johnson, and has denied claims he is a Kremlin agent.
In an interview with the Guardian, Temerko said he supported disclosure of the report before next month’s election. “My position is we should publish it. My party says we need to do Brexit because we are democrats but we can’t release the report. It’s clearly a contradiction.”Continue reading...
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 16:28:55 GMT
Exclusive: Report allegedly being withheld by No 10 contains submissions from ex-head of MI6’s Russia desk
A report on Russian interference in British politics allegedly being sat on by Downing Street includes evidence from Christopher Steele, the former head of MI6’s Russia desk whose investigation into Donald Trump’s links with Moscow sparked a US political scandal.
Steele made submissions in writing to parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC), it is understood. A counter-intelligence specialist, Steele spent his career tracking Russian influence operations around the world and investigated Alexander Litvinenko’s 2006 murder.Continue reading...
Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:45:21 GMT
Files on Dag Hammarskjöld plane crash are being withheld, says inquiry
MI6, the secret intelligence service, is under pressure to share its files on the mysterious death of a UN secretary general who was killed in an air crash almost 60 years ago.
Dag Hammarskjöld died with 13 others in September 1961, when his plane crashed near Ndola, in what was then Northern Rhodesia. There has been speculation that the plane was brought down deliberately. A film released this year, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, a winner at the 2019 Sundance film festival, has continued to stir interest.Continue reading...
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:39:53 GMT
Sir John Sawers says it would be hugely damaging if UK-EU relations collapsed
A former MI6 chief has said Brexit negotiations have got to “an extraordinarily damaging state” because unnamed Downing Street officials have been briefing that the UK might withdraw security cooperation with the EU.
Sir John Sawers, in a briefing to reporters at a technology summit, said any attempt to stop working with EU countries in tackling terrorism “would be an act contrary to our own self-interest”.Continue reading...
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:19:04 GMT
Foreign secretary tells MPs the UK government ‘would never’ collude to discredit intelligence services
No member of the British government, including the prime minister, would ever collude with Donald Trump to try to discredit the work of intelligence agencies uncovering Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the UK foreign secretary said.
Dominic Raab told the Commons that “any such collusion is entirely unacceptable, would never happen, and did not happen”.Continue reading...
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 23:01:48 GMT
Double agent Kim Philby’s confession partially released to National Archives
Extracts from Kim Philby’s official confession to the UK’s security services in which he likens joining the Soviet secret police to signing up to the army, have been made public for the first time.
Philby, one of the Soviet Union’s most notorious British cold war spies, fled to Moscow shortly after his 1963 admission of guilt.Continue reading...
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 12:00:17 GMT
New book claims former cleric Denis Bradley helped halt attacks during earliest years of Troubles
In 1993, a year before the IRA first laid down its arms, the existence of a secret “back channel” between Martin McGuinness and MI6 was revealed on the front page of the Observer.
The so-called Derry Link – which connected the British government with the Provisionals’ leadership via a former priest – eventually led to the IRA’s cessation of violence a year later.Continue reading...
Sun, 28 Jul 2019 17:38:13 GMT
Boris Johnson’s decision to discontinue a necessary inquiry is immoral, and against the national interest too
A new prime minister, from the same party as his predecessors, cannot exactly wipe the slate clean. But the transition does at least allow the government to take out some of the more odiferous trash, as the flurry of statements and releases in the days before Theresa May’s departure and Boris Johnson’s arrival indicated.
One of the most serious of these was barely noticed in the general bustle. It marks a betrayal of a pledge to investigate UK complicity in rendition and torture that was made, not from an abstract commitment to evaluate Britain’s role in post-9/11 counter-terrorism operations, but from an understanding that a failure to face up to it – and prevent a repetition – would ultimately damage British interests.Continue reading...
Sat, 06 Jul 2019 09:40:58 GMT
Sir John Sawers says Brexit has left country divided and damaged its global reputation
The UK is going through a “political nervous breakdown”, with the Brexit debate stirring anxiety in Whitehall, a former MI6 chief has claimed.
Sir John Sawers said the Brexit debate had left the country bitterly divided and damaged the UK’s global reputation.
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Fri, 05 Jul 2019 13:26:09 GMT
Boris Johnson has hit out at claims that Downing Street sought to restrict his access to some sensitive intelligence information when he became foreign secretary in mid-2016. The Conservative leadership frontrunner told a hustings of party members that ‘he was extremely dubious about the provenance’ of the storyContinue reading...
Fri, 05 Jul 2019 11:19:56 GMT
Tory frontrunner says reports of an effort to keep sensitive information from him as foreign secretary are untrue
Boris Johnson has hit out at claims that Downing Street sought to restrict his access to some sensitive intelligence information when he became foreign secretary in mid-2016.
The Conservative leadership frontrunner told a hustings of party members that “he was extremely dubious about the provenance” of the story that had led the BBC morning bulletins and that it was untrue.
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Thu, 30 May 2019 17:55:51 GMT
Dr Rory Cormac tells Hay festival Bond still loved by MI6 despite bearing no resemblance to a real spy
James Bond remains a powerful recruitment tool for MI6, a secret intelligence expert says – despite claims that he is unrealistically posh and violent.
Dr Rory Cormac, associate professor of international relations with a specialty in secret intelligence at Nottingham university, said MI6 loved the positive brand provided by Ian Fleming’s fictional spy.Continue reading...
Mon, 20 May 2019 11:58:38 GMT
New bill needed to tackle hostile activity by Russia and others, says home secretary
Hostile state actors – spies, assassins or hackers directed by the government of another country – are to be targeted by refreshed espionage and treason laws, the home secretary has announced.
In a speech to security officials in central London, Sajid Javid revealed plans to publish a new espionage bill to tackle increased hostile state activity from countries including but not limited to Russia.Continue reading...
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Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:31:55 Z
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Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:31:19 Z
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Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:28:58 Z
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is to hand over proposals for its Generic Open Soldier System Reference Architecture (GOSSRA) to NATO in May, as the alliance considers...
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:04:39 Z
The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has awarded Subaru Corporation contracts worth a combined total of JPY14.3...
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 11:19:38 Z
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (OTS) to manufacture USD3.42 billion worth of Hydra 70 rockets.
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with the Israel Air Force, Israel Navy, and Israel Ministry of Defence, conducted a twofold firing demonstration of...
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Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:21:21 Z
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Bond Lifestyle - clothes, gadgets, guns, cars and lifestyle in the James Bond movies and novels
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:01:07 +0000
This new book from On The Tracks of 007 author Martijn Mulder focuses on James Bond locations in Thailand, in the movies The Man With The Golden Gun and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:47:03 +0000
Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) wears a 100% cashmere N.Peal 007 Round Neck T-Shirt in No Time To Die (2020).
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:55 +0000
This N.Peal 007 Superfine Shirt is inspired by a shirt worn by Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr No (1962).
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:51 +0000
The N.Peal 007 Superfine Wrap Top is inspired by a piece worn by Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964).
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:47 +0000
N.Peal 007 Deep V Neck Sweater is inspired by a piece worn by Dr Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) in Moonraker (1979).
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:42 +0000
This baby blue roll neck sweater, made from 100% Mongolian cashmere, is inspired by the piece worn by Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi) in From Russia With Love (1963).
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:38 +0000
The N.Peal 007 Superfine Roll Neck Sweater was already part of the Bond Cashmere Collection that was launched in 2019, but is now also part of the new Bond Woman Collection.
The piece is inspired by the sweater worn by Tilly Masterson (played by Tania Mallet) in the movie Goldfinger (1964) when she wants to avenge the murder of her sister Jill by killing Goldfinger.
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:34 +0000
The N.Peal 007 Long Sleeve Mock Neck Sweater is inspired by a piece worn by Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) in Goldfinger (1964).
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:46:30 +0000
The N.Peal 007 Slimline Tailored Jacket black cashmere jacket is inspired by the velours jacket worn by Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964) on Auric Goldfinger's private airplane that takes her and James Bond to the United States.
Pussy Galore wears a gold top, with a black/blue velvet jacket and matching velvet trousers.
Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:45:48 +0000
05 June, 2020
N.Peal has launched a 007 cashmere collection for Bond Women, including one item worn by Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann in No Time To Die (2020) and other pieces inspired by iconic items seen in previous Bond films.
Sat, 30 May 2020 20:35:22 +0000
30 May, 2020
On The Tracks of 007 celebrates last year's 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service celebration with an online event, and launches a new Guide to Thailand.
Thu, 21 May 2020 18:29:05 +0000
21 May, 2020
Triumph Motorcycles has revealed the limited edition Triumph Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition.
Wed, 20 May 2020 15:58:53 +0000
20 May, 2020
SPYSCAPE in New York have announced that the James Bond exhibition DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE is now available online for free.
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 23:09:18 +0000
30 April, 2020
If you have some extra time during the lockdown, or need something to occupy the kids, Lotus now offers a free download to build a model of the Lotus Esprit S1 “Wet Nellie”.
Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:22:48 +0000
27 April, 2020
Online watch shop WatchNation in the UK offers customers a chance to win a Limited Edition Swatch Q Watch and a Limited Edition Royal Mail 007 Stamp set, or get a refund of their purchase.
Sun, 26 Apr 2020 22:20:25 +0000
27 April, 2020
A poster and trailer for Jerry Seinfelds upcoming Netflix special 23 Hours to Kill are directly James Bond inspired.
23 Hours to Kill is Seinfeld's second stand-up special in a two-part deal that he signed with Netflix in 2017.
The poster takes its cues from the vintage James Bond posters.
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:15:30 +0000
James Bond (Roger Moore) wears a Seiko 7549-7009 'Golden Tuna' 600m Professional Quartz Diver (model S60583) in the movie For Your Eyes Only (1981).
The diver's watch is worn by James Bond during the dive in the yellow submarine to the St. Georges wreck, where he and Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) retrieve the A.T.A.C. machine.
Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:52:32 +0000
10 April, 2020
A large collection of James Bond and Ian Fleming books, articles, magazines and other materials will go on auction at Potter & Potter Auctions on 18 April 2020. Highlights include rare and expensive first editions including Casino Royale and several books inscribed by Ian Fleming himself.
Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:11:01 +0000
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) uses two Motorola radios in The World Is Not Enough (1999): a Motorola HT1250 or GP380 Professional Series and the Motorola TalkAbout TA280 SLK (read more).
Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:10:50 +0000
In the movie The World Is Not Enough (1999), a Motorola TalkAbout TA280 SLK Two-Way Radio is prominently seen and used in the intense scene between James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Elektra (Sophie Marceau).