I grew up in a house full of spy novels. My father, absolutely mad for le Carre and Len Deighton, read his way right through the Cold War and out of it, following his beloved spies. I’ve loved many a spy over the years (on screen and on the page). There is no doubt that Frankie Fox’s genesis lies in all the books and movies I’ve consumed. Spies have superpowers us mere mortals can only dream about – imagine having to slip in and out of an identity, gather information on the sly, and just be an international person of mystery (all things I would be terrible at). Here’s a list of some of my favourite spy stories from over the years:
1. Spooks. Say no more.
2. Mark Burnell’s spy novels featuring the inimitable Petra Reuter – the toughest spy around
3. Alias – my allegiances changed a thousand times
4. La Femme Nikita – a TV series with so many twists and turns it’s impossible to keep up
5. The Osterman Weekend by Robert Ludlum
6. Little Nikita, starring River Phoenix
7. James Bond films – the Daniel Craig era
8. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
There are so many more to read and explore: next up is the TV series The Americans. Do you have any spy stories to recommend?