Spymaster: From Derbyshire farmer’s son to Head of MI6
10:45am - 11:45am - Sunday 11 June
How did a Derbyshire farmer’s son rise to the highest rank in MI6, despite harbouring a secret that would have seen his career ended before it started? Sir Maurice Oldfield, the most highly decorated British spymaster of the Cold War, was the first Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service to be named and pictured in the press and, it has often been alleged, he was the model for the screen versions of both Ian Fleming’s ‘M’ and John Le Carré’s George Smiley. All the more surprising is that he has been described as a rampant homosexual, a deeply religious family man - and a liar!
His extraordinary story has now been told by Martin Pearce, his nephew, who has had unique access to his surviving contacts and papers and knowledge of his private personality.