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List of famous spys, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top spys in the world? This includes the most prominent spys, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable spys is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic spys were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned spys.

List includes Ian Fleming, Whittaker Chambers and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known spys to the lesser known spys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the spy field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous spys ever?" and "What are the names of famous spys?" then you're in the right place. (66 items)
Josephine Baker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Spies
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Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the "Black Pearl," "Bronze Venus" and even the "Creole Goddess". Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French. Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America, is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. She was once offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King in 1968, following ...more

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Ian Fleming is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Spies
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, 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 intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and ...more

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Whittaker Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Spies
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Whittaker Chambers, born Jay Vivian Chambers and also known as David Whittaker Chambers, was an American writer and editor. After his early years as a Communist Party USA member and Soviet spy, he renounced communism, became an outspoken opponent, and testified at Alger Hiss's perjury and espionage trial. He described both events in his book Witness, published in 1952. ...more

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Guy Burgess is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Spies
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Guy Francis de Moncy Burgess was a British radio producer, intelligence officer and Foreign Office official. He was a member of the Cambridge Five spy ring that passed Western secrets to the Soviets before and during the Cold War. Burgess, Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt and Kim Philby were the four confirmed members of the Cambridge Five, a spy ring that contributed to the Communist cause with the transmission of secret Foreign Office and MI5 documents that described NATO military and Marshall Plan economic strategy. ...more

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