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Famous Male Spies

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List of famous male spys, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male spys list contains the most prominent and top males known for being spys. There are thousand of males working as spys in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic spys have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a spy then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of many different people, including Joan Pujol Garcia and Charles Turner.

While this isn't a list of all male spys, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male spys?" and "Who are the best male spys?"
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  • Ian Fleming
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    Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964) was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst and, briefly, the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through several jobs before he started writing. While working for Britain's Naval Intelligence Division during the Second World War, Fleming was involved in planning Operation Goldeneye and in the planning and oversight of two... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1908-1964)
    • Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, England

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  • Whittaker Chambers
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    Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers (April 1, 1901 – July 9, 1961), was an American writer-editor and former Communist spy who in 1948 testified about Communist espionage, thereafter earning respect from the American Conservative movement. After early years as a Communist Party member (1925) and Soviet spy (1932–1938), he defected from the Soviet underground (1938) and joined Time magazine (1939–1948). Under subpoena in 1948, he testified about the Ware group in what became the Hiss case for perjury (1949–1950), all described in his 1952 memoir Witness. Afterwards, he worked briefly as a senior editor at National Review (1957–1959). President Ronald Reagan awarded him the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1901-1961)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Guy Burgess
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    Guy Francis de Moncy Burgess (16 April 1911 – 30 August 1963) was a British diplomat and Soviet agent, belonging to the Cambridge Five spy ring that operated from the mid-1930s to the early years of the Cold War. His defection in 1951 to the Soviet Union, with his fellow spy, Donald Maclean, led to a serious breach in Anglo-American intelligence co-operation, and caused long-lasting disruption and demoralisation in Britain's foreign and diplomatic services. Born into a wealthy middle-class family, Burgess was educated at Eton College, the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Trinity College, Cambridge. An assiduous networker, he embraced left-wing politics at Cambridge and joined the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1911-1963)
    • Birthplace: England
  • Daniel Defoe
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    Daniel Defoe (; c. 1660 – 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. He has been seen as one of the earliest proponents of the English novel, and helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Aphra Behn and Samuel Richardson. Defoe wrote many political tracts and often was in trouble with the authorities, including a spell in prison. Intellectuals and political leaders paid attention to his fresh ideas and sometimes consulted with him. Defoe was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than three... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1660-1731)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom