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Tinker-Tailor’s Secret Spy –

A Cold War Clown at the Circus?

By Aled Mawgan.

Copyright Aled Mawgan. Nov 2012.

Britain and the World is in deep crisis, locked in a desperate Cold War battle with Soviet Russia. Communism is rife. Who can you trust? Who works for who? The names of Blunt, Burgess, Maclean and Philby were about to be exposed as traitors - loyal only to their Moscow counterparts. So who was really running British Intelligence? Who was pulling the strings of the other puppets? And was Ian Fleming’s favourite spy really just a clown at ‘the circus,’ or a rather cunning secret cog employed, and yet manipulated within the often dangerous and uncontrollable spinning wheels of espionage? Read this unique and fascinating story of one man’s surprisingly pivotal role, unknowingly working with all the Soviet traitors at British Intelligence during the 1950s to claim the favourite secret spy tag of Tinker-Taylor's illustrious Circus Empire - and become the inspiration for Fleming’s new James Bond character.


On a bitter cold day in March 1918, a chill wind seemed to whistle through nearly every crack and crevice of the small house in Streatham, south London. Beatrice Crabb was well wrapped against the elements. She wore an old cardigan draped around her shoulders, a pair of warm mittens on her hands and two pairs of woollen socks on her feet.

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