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A Spy Among Friends – From Dead Drops to Laser Spying

Tradecraft Through the Decades

by Staff | The Independent | December 8, 2022

New ITVX drama A Spy Among Friends explores the incredible story of two real-life MI6 spies – Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis) and Kim Philby (Guy Pearce) – whose decades-long friendship fell apart when Philby was revealed to be a treacherous double agent, spilling secrets to the KGB. Here historian Guy Walters explores the key techniques and kit spies like Elliott and Philby used during the Cold War era – and which ones are still being employed today.

When it comes to tradecraft – the techniques and technologies used in modern espionage – our minds often go straight to the not always entirely accurate (or plausible) rocket-firing cigarettes, grenade-launching pens and lazer-beaming watches from the spy films and shows we grew up on. Yet in real life, though some tradecraft is just as fiendishly clever, impressively high-tech and actually out-there as the gadgets and gizmos dreamed up by Hollywood, other examples represent far simpler, trusted techniques that allow agents to capture and share information efficiently and discreetly, with only a steel nerve and a cool facade required.

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REVIEW: A Spy Among Friends – A New Spin on a Well-Documented Scandal

“Lewis and Pearce Especially Share Phenomenal Chemistry”

by Chris Connor | Yahoo! Entertainment  | December 8, 2022

A Spy Among Friends, the most high profile launch title for new UK streaming platform ITVX, retells the well-trodden story of the Cambridge Five. The spy ring — comprised of Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross — operated in the UK from the 1930s to the 1950s, and have been well-documented on TV and film, most notably in 2003’s Cambridge Spies, starring Samuel West, Toby Stephens and Tom Hollander.

The latest take on the story takes a different approach to the story, building it around Kim Philby, here played by Memento and LA Confidential star Guy Pearce and his friendship with Damian Lewis’ Nicholas Elliott.

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REVIEW: A Spy Among Friends – Don’t Take Your Eyes Off This Star-Packed Espionage Thriller

The Enigma and His Charismatic Traitor

by Rebecca Nicholson | The Guardian  | December 8, 2022

★★★☆☆

The story of the notorious MI6 agent and Soviet spy Kim Philby has been told numerous times before, but A Spy Among Friends (ITVX) has a fresh bash at it, using Ben Macintyre’s book of the same name as its source and inspiration. The stakes are high. This is one of the flagship dramas to launch ITV’s revamped online player and new subscription service. It comes with a starry cast and what should be an irresistible tale of intrigue, double-crossing and suspense, stretched out over multiple locations from Istanbul, Beirut and London to Moscow and Ohio.

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Guy Pearce Chats About ‘A Spy Among Friends’ on Pilot Podcast

A Decorated Folder for Kim Philby

by Damianista | damian-lewis.com | December 6, 2022

Guy Pearce was Amon  Warmann’s guest on  Pilot Podcast to chat about A Spy Among Friends, the six-part mini-series arriving on the new streaming  platform  ITVX on  December 8. You can see a glimpse from the podcast in  Amon Warmann’s tweet below and you can listen to the podcast in its entirety here.

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Damian Lewis on Being Devoted, Loyal and Blinkered in His Latest Role

A Beautiful and Sort of Tragic, Sad Relationship

by Rachael Davies | Herald Scotland | December 6, 2022

A Spy Among Friends’ Damian Lewis and Anna Maxwell Martin tell Rachael Davis about the ITVX series’ true story of espionage and betrayal.

It’s 1963: the height of the Cold War. International politics is fueled by secrecy and duplicity, as psychological warfare, propaganda and espionage – not to mention the latent threat of nuclear attack – keeps world leaders looking over their shoulders and into the shadows.

In England, Nicholas Elliott, played by Damian Lewis, is working for MI6 as an intelligence officer. He has a very close, long-standing friendship with Kim Philby, his colleague in intelligence.

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A Spy Among Friends In Dramatic First Look

Exclusive First-Look Clip

by James Hibbs | Radio Times  | December 5, 2022

The launch of ITVX is bringing with it a host of new drama series, with one of the most highly anticipated being the espionage thriller A Spy Among Friends.

The series stars Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, and dramatises the true story of British spies Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, the latter of whom turned out to be a Soviet double agent.

With the show’s debut now just days away, RadioTimes.com has got an exclusive first-look clip from the upcoming series – and it shows things taking a dramatic turn for the two friends.

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SpyHards Podcast: A Spy Among Friends

Declassified Preview 

by SpyHards Podcast | Twitter | December 5, 2022

This week’s episode of SpyHards Podcast has Agent Scott and guest operative Jeff Quest from the Spy Write website engage in a little old school espionage while delivering an exclusive declassified preview of the ITVX limited series A Spy Among Friends. In addition to decoding the first two episodes they also talk to author Ben Macintyre and show creator Alex Cary about translating the story from page to screen. Listen to the episode here or any pod app of your choice.

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