Spy Culture Documents

Files and documents on military, intelligence and other government involvement in and support to the entertainment industry.

The FBI spied on the star of The F.B.I.

The FBI spied on the star of The F.B.I.

The long-running ABC show The F.B.I. was perhaps the greatest success of the FBI's entertainment liaison office during Hoover's time as head of the Bureau.  The deal struck between the FBI and the producers granted Hoover approval and veto power over scripts, casting and even sponsors.  In return Hoover allowed ...
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Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley?

Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley?

In last weekend's ClandesTime I discussed how the CIA no longer allow film-makers to shoot footage of the CIA headquarters, leading the producers of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to re-use old footage of Langley, but it appears they may have relaxed this rule and are now allowing filming, or ...
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Aldous Huxley's FBI File

Aldous Huxley’s FBI File

Like most major 20th century writers the FBI has a brief file on Aldous Huxley - the 'author and social critic' behind Brave New World, Island and The Doors of Perception.  Huxley was never the subject of a Bureau investigation but they kept tabs on some of his public appearances ...
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Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA's First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA’s First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Following their on-screen debut in the James Bond movies, and their quiet support for Thunderball, the CIA under Richards Helms adopted a more pro-active approach to Hollywood.  They began spying on movie scripts depicting the CIA and considering requests from film-makers for official support.  One project that they rejected was ...
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When MGM invited the CIA director to watch War Games - and he went

When MGM invited the CIA director to watch War Games – and he went

In April 1983 MGM sent a priority cable to CIA headquarters, inviting director Bill Casey to a special screening of their new feature War Games, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.  The private screening was hosted by the MPAA building in Washington D.C., and even more surprising than the invitation ...
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Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Buster Crabb was a WW2 British Navy Frogman who in 1956 was recruited by MI6 to spy on Soviet ships docking in Portsmouth harbour during a goodwill visit.  These files - some available here for the first time - detail the British government's interference in the inquest into Crabb's presumed ...
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