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Famous Spies

Quiz: Espionage

  1. Which famous exotic dancer did French authorities execute in 1917 on charges of espionage for Germany?
  2. By what nickname do we know Sidney Reilly, who became a famous spy working for the British?
  3. Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross were two member of the infamous 'Cambridge 5' spy ring. Can you name the three others?
  4. Which 1966 American spy-fi comedy film starring James Coburn parodies James Bond?

  5. The term 'mole' was first coined by which British spy novelist?
  6. Who shared American intelligence documents with journalists in 2013, revealing the extent of global mass surveillance?
  7. Which 1987 book by Peter Wright is also entitled: "The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer"?
  8. What is the name of the fictional spy in the films 'The Ipcress File' and 'Billion Dollar Brain'?
  9. With what was Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian officer who had defect to Britain, poisoned with in 2006?
  10. Which spy was sentenced to 42 years in prison but fled to the Soviet Union after escaping from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966?
  11. Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold achieved fame as spies during which war?
  12. Which Elizabethan playwright, who died in 1593 aged 29, was alleged to have been a government spy?


  1. Mata Hari
  2. Reilly, Ace of Spies
  3. Kim Philby, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess
  4. Our Man Flint
  5. John le Carre (in his 1974 novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
  6. Edward Snowden
  7. Spycatcher
  8. Harry Palmer
  9. A radioactive substance (polonium-210)
  10. George Blake
  11. American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence
  12. Christopher Marlowe