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  • During the time period around World War II, Britain was completely littered with spies representing various Allied and Axis powers. Kim Philby, who was a double agent working with the Soviets was quite an unsuspecting man, do to his social life and lifestyle that many found very appealing about him. His eccentric lifestyle was his life support on gaining intelligence for the Russians as he infiltrated British intelligence agencies for decades. He is currently meeting his handlers early on in his spy career.
  • “Eccentricity is one of those English traits that look like frailty but mask a concealed strength; individuality disguised as oddity.”
  • "Philby was also waiting, with dread. Bereaved, under threat of exposure, alarmed by the shocking example made of Blake, and now deprived of the companionship and immediate support of the one person who had always defended him, Philby sank ever deeper into the whiskey bottle."
  • In order to obtain information, and forge relationships with the right people, charm was a key factor to Philby's success such as hosting/going to parties. By drinking heavily and being a womanizer through his charm, the idea of manipulation has been reinforced as people in England loved to be with him. But little did they know that the man they loved so much was actually turning his back towards them.
  • “The word most consistently used to describe Kim Philby was "charm", that intoxicating, beguiling and occasionally lethal English quality.”
  • Living a double life is hard, and this was most definitely found in Philby's life. The decision to get married multiple times, deserting his kids, wherever Philby went, the more lives that were put at stake or messed with. Philly had a large amount of lovers throughout his life as he wanted to feel "loved" as the life of a spy is often found to be a lonely experience
  • “The fatal conceit of most spies is to believe they are loved, in a relationship between equals, and not merely manipulated.”
  • Friendships were made and broken at the expense of Kim Philly. His best and most likely only genuine friend, Nicholas Elliot was caught in the crosshairs of Philly's deception. Philby lied repeatedly to Elliot to preserve his cover and caused devastation to life around him, such as the sabotage of relief missions based out of the island of sicily which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of freedom fighters. It wasn't until Philby was brought in for questioning did Elliot see the bigger picture.
  • “Elliott and Philby existed within the inner circle of Britain’s ruling class, where mutual trust was so absolute and unquestioned that there was no need for elaborate security precautions. They were all part of the same family.”
  • After decades of hiding in plain sight, the traces of deception left by Philby have inevitably found their way back to him, and the British intelligence agencies are cracking down on him. With no money, no friends, no allies, no help, Philby is now isolated and depressed. The once proud and eccentric man is now crumbling as the end to his long reign of international espionage is coming. Under constant interrogation and surveillance, Philly has no other choice but to claw his way out of England. This demonstrates how living a double life is treacherous, as his life is hanging in the balance.
  • After being caught as the culprit of many elaborate schemes, the star of British intelligence turned double agent has defected back to the Soviet Union, leaving his once comfortable life and behind the Iron Curtain. Philby is at a crossroads in his life as he realizes he can never go back, as he will be hunted for all the treasonous deeds he carried out while as an executive for British Intelligence. This completes the cycle of rising up to fame, living the double life, and finally the inevitable downfall.
  • "... spread the rumor that Lunn had gone skiing, and allowed Philby to believe the coast was clear, the road to Moscow wide open."
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