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Old 02-26-15, 08:38 AM
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Does MI6 encourage bike riding?

Just watched John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Near the beginning, Colin Firth's character rides his commuter bike up to his desk at MI6 and is asked if it was cleared. His response sounded right: "If they think I'm locking it outside..."
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This is a movie, and it's set 45 years ago. Are you asking about the movie or about reality?
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Old 02-26-15, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
This is a movie, and it's set 45 years ago. Are you asking about the movie or about reality?
Real World Reality is often not a factor in A&S. Imaginative interpretations of wishful thinking are often the preferred "reality" scenario up for discussion.
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Old 02-26-15, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Real World Reality is often not a factor in A&S. Imaginative interpretations of wishful thinking are often the preferred "reality" scenario up for discussion.
Hurray! Just an interesting bit of trivia you can do with as you please. If you do know about MI6 bike storage policies it would be interesting but I won't hold my breath.
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Old 02-26-15, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
This is a movie, and it's set 45 years ago.
No kidding. I didn't know.
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Old 02-26-15, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Real World Reality is often not a factor in A&S.
But overly dramatic sarcasm and cynicism certainly is...
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I saw that, and thought about the threads in commuting about that very subject. I would say more, but spoiler alert
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Old 02-26-15, 05:11 PM
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It wouldn't be permitted. Listening and explosive devices could be hidden in the frame or components.
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Old 02-26-15, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Grillparzer View Post
It wouldn't be permitted. Listening and explosive devices could be hidden in the frame or components.
Hmmm... can you bike commute from Silver Spring to Fort Meade? Is there something you're not telling us?
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Old 02-26-15, 05:41 PM
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Hmmm... can you bike commute from Silver Spring to Fort Meade. Is there something you're not telling us?
You can, but that isn't my route. I was a Counterintelligence Agent in the Army. I got out in 1995, but even then a bicycle couldn't have been brought in to a secure area. At least not without having everything shut down, the area swept, and lots and lots of explaining and report writing to angry superiors. Presumably the Brits would have taken the same precautions in light of "The Troubles."
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Originally Posted by Grillparzer View Post
You can, but that isn't my route. I was a Counterintelligence Agent in the Army. I got out in 1995, but even then a bicycle couldn't have been brought in to a secure area. At least not without having everything shut down, the area swept, and lots and lots of explaining and report writing to angry superiors. Presumably the Brits would have taken the same precautions in light of "The Troubles."
I expect so but this was in the early '60s and our hero (or was he??? hmmm....) was a senior guy and a toff. There was a reason they leaked so badly! See the movie if you haven't; you'll enjoy it.

BTW, I think MI6's adversaries were Russians, not Irishmen so no explosive worries. And why would the Russians need listening devices when their foxes ruled the British chicken coop.

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Old 02-26-15, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Grillparzer View Post
It wouldn't be permitted. Listening and explosive devices could be hidden in the frame or components.
the bike lockers at my work may only be locked using a work provided lock and are not to be used for overnight storage. My understanding is that part of this is to prevent possible use of lockers for placement of explosive devices.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
This is a movie, and it's set 45 years ago. Are you asking about the movie or about reality?
Actually it was a movie adaptation of a very well made TV mini-series that aired in the late seventies. The movie was good, but for those of us who had seen the finely woven mini series, the movie seemed like a condensed reader's digest version.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
the bike lockers at my work may only be locked using a work provided lock and are not to be used for overnight storage. My understanding is that part of this is to prevent possible use of lockers for placement of explosive devices.
Please tell me you're kidding and we don't really live in that world.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
Please tell me you're kidding and we don't really live in that world.
Sir Sans Car, I wish I were, but I am not. Security will routinely cut non work provided locks. And they have the right to open the bike locker at any time and see what is in there.
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Actually it was a movie adaptation of a very well made TV mini-series that aired in the late seventies. The movie was good, but for those of us who had seen the finely woven mini series, the movie seemed like a condensed reader's digest version.
Actually Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a very good book written by John le Carré, https://www.amazon.com/Tinker-Tailor-.../dp/014312093X
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
Sir Sans Car, I wish I were, but I am not. Security will routinely cut non work provided locks. And they have the right to open the bike locker at any time and see what is in there.
Just another cavity search...
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Actually Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a very good book written by John le Carré, Amazon.com: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: A George Smiley Novel (9780143120933): John Le Carre: Books
Absolutely, the book is the best of all. Le Carré was a master.
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Originally Posted by Matariki View Post
Absolutely, the book is the best of all. Le Carré was a master.
True. IMO, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold was the best of his books, and also was the best movie based on a le Carré novel.

FWIW, the opening scene in the movie includes a bicycle being ridden by a spy into West Berlin from the East.

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You must have missed the news, there is a new James Bond movie, being shot in Rome, and a chase scene is being filmed along a BIKE PATH.

"....
chase sequence shot along the tranquil bike path on the banks of the Tiber River...."

https://masterherald.com/james-bond-movie-spectre-now-on-20-day-filming-leg-in-rome/11162/

EDIT: the movie will be titled "Spectre".

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And why would the Russians need listening devices when their foxes ruled the British chicken coop.
To insure the foxes were being honest. Also, the Cambridge Five did tremendous damage, but they didn't have access to everything.
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Originally Posted by Grillparzer View Post
To insure the foxes were being honest. Also, the Cambridge Five did tremendous damage, but they didn't have access to everything.
You're the professional in this conversation and right, of course. It was a crazy time (and hasn't got any better!). If you follow such things you'll be interested in an interview with Guy Burgess in Moscow recently discovered in the cbc archives: Cambridge Five spy interview unearthed by CBC archives - World - CBC News
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it would be interesting
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In Toronto, we have Cops on Bicycles and they are a popular position for the police to join. So I'm assuming it would make sense that spies would also need to be on bikes if they want to be covert and blend in with the population too.
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