Reilly: Ace of Spies by Robin Bruce Lockhart

bookshelves: film-only, tv, spies, spring-2015, biography, slavic, history, war, under-100-ratings, nonfiction, adventure

Read from March 23 to April 09, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTrvj…

Wiki description: 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 is 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.

Episode 01 – 1901 – An Affair with a Married Woman

1904 – Episode 02 – Prelude to War

Japanese entering Port Arthur

Japanese soldiers form a human pyramid to assault a Port Arthur fort. Atop the wall is Russian Captain Lebedief, who killed many Japanese.

1905 – Episode 03 – The Visiting Fireman

Of interest in this third episode: Basil Zaharoff

1906 – Episode 04 – Anna

William Knox D’Arcy: (11 October 1849 – 1 May 1917) was one of the principal founders of the oil and petrochemical industry in Persia (Iran).

In 1908 at Masjid-i-Suleiman, south-west Persia, a large oil reservoir was discovered by a small team of drillers working for William Knox D’Arcy.

1910 – Episode 05 – Dreadnoughts and Crosses

The Russians want to rebuild the navy which was destroyed by the Japs in 1904

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