British cold war double agent kim philby details life of betrayal in unearthed footage reuters the bbc radio 4 transmission of the soviet spy kim it is not the only film that exists of philby speaking - a similar one to kgb recruits has been known about by spy buffs for some time and philby's press. Soviet and british spy kim philby source: archive photo: rufina philby, the russian wife of the spy retired kgb general pens fond memoir of the man bulgarian intelligence veteran todor boyadjiev spent his working life in the world of cloak and dagger, rising to become a general in the soviet kgb. Kim philby's spy network harold (kim) philby, the son of the diplomat, harry st john bridger philby, was born in ambala, india, in 1911 the seeds of philby's double life lay in his childhood, his father, his upbringing and the intense ideological conversation that shaped him in early adulthood. In the soviet union, kim philby fell in love with rufina pukhova, who worked at a moscow research institute, and they married your correspondent once happened to visit her in the company of claude monique, the author of the bestseller, histoire mondiale de l'esiponage when we arrived at her flat.
Media captionin the previously unseen footage, kim philby gives a seminar to east german spies it is the first time the ex-mi6 officer can be seen talking about his life as a spy from his recruitment to his escape he describes his career rising up the ranks of mi6 whilst providing its secrets to the soviet. Kim philby's closest friend, nicholas elliott, was always struck by the loyalty and affection he inspired in women philby married four times: to a viennese revolutionary, an englishwoman who worked in marks & spencer, an american sculptress and finally a soviet copy editor only years later did elliott. Harold adrian russell kim philby (january 1, 1912 - may 11, 1988) was a high-ranking member of british intelligence and also a spy for the soviet philby became a socialist and later a communist while attending the university of cambridge in cambridge, england he was recruited into the soviet.
Previously unseen footage of the infamous british kgb spy kim philby offering a 'masterclass in the british traitor takes the chance to lecture eager soviet spies by boasting of how he tricked the rare footage from 1981 is the first time the ex-mi6 officer has been seen recounting his life as a. Masterspy kim philby's secret life is far stronger than any spy fiction recruited by the soviet kgb at cambridge in the 1930s first, there is his widow rufina's account, which gives us a loving (but never maudlin) glimpse into their moscow life and travels around the soviet union during the last twenty. A flurry of tributes to kim philby, the british spy who defected to moscow, signals the growing mr philby defected to the soviet union from britain in 1963 the adulation has now reached a new level with the opening of an exhibition in moscow on the life and work of the best-known of the so-called. Harold adrian russell kim philby early life as a young boy, kim philby was a pupil at aldro preparatory school and then continued onto westminster school until the age of 16 it is while at trinity college that philby met the rest of the cambridge spies and became part of the 'cambridge.
Kim philby, britain's fabled third man, fled to the soviet union 50 years ago his family talk about one of the cold war's worst acts of treachery double life of a double agent: kim philby, before he fled to the soviet union, said if there was a conflict between his political and personal life, politics would. Kim philby, one of many people of the cambridge five who successfully infiltrated the mi6, was a notorious british dual agent and among the most powerful soviet spies of the cool war his do the job for the soviet union's spy firms nkvd and kgb spanned years and during this time period. The bbc has uncovered previously unseen footage of one of britain's most infamous spies talking about his work as a double agent subscribe to bbc news here. Kim philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head britain's counterintelligence against the soviet union during we learn about both of their lives and their spy work, and we see how many times philby was close to being discovered one of the themes in the.
Rtd films philby's choice he shook hands with a hitler aide and swiftly rose to the top of the british intelligence service but the whole time he was in fact a soviet agent many sought to unravel the kim philby enigma during his life and a quarter of a century after his death. Philby's friend and fellow spy, the novelist graham greene, famously remarked that in the lost childhood of judas christ was betrayed yet we must beware of being lulled into accepting philby's own estimate of himself and his motives nothing in life is simple, and in philby's life in particular. Of all soviet spies during the cold war, harold (kim) philby is the one authors seem to most like philby's life had all the elements of a gripping novel two of his british intelligence colleagues based the end of his time as an mi6 officer started with philby's telling his handler that mi5, the british.
Shortly after this, philby became a soviet agent to cover himself, he followed the example of guy burgess by openly stating that his dalliance with philby became a reporter for 'the times' and reported on the spanish civil war he wrote favourable articles about franco and the nationalist. Kim philby was the most notorious british defector and soviet mole in history agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of allied operations to the russians in the early years of the cold war philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, nicholas elliott of mi6 and james. The life and times of kim philby, a soviet spy.
During this time, he turned over classified details about the inner workings of the cia and mi6 to soviet intelligence he also warned the soviets of an allied philby was suspected of playing a part in the defections and was released from the cia and mi6 he expected impending capture and trial, so fled. While we may see the life of a spy as a gun-carrying, jet-setting one, the reality for most - it seems - is with the nickname kim - after writer rudyard kipling's spy hero - harold philby was in many in 1955 the new york sunday times published allegations that philby was indeed a soviet spy.