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Ace of Spies: Sidney George Reilly

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Sidney George Reilly, otherwise known as the Ace of Spies, was a Ukrainian-born secret agent and adventurer. He was born Sigmund Georgievich Rosenblum in the port city of Odessa on March 24, 1874. He was the inspiration for Ian Flemming’s 007. Facts concerning his birth and death are unclear at best! “Sigmund” could also have been named Shlomo or Georgi, and he is also supposedly from Kherson, a district east of Odessa.

He is considered the first twentieth-century superspy by historians. He was actually from a family of superspies called the Lucians.

Reilly was the only son of Grigory and Paulina Rosenblum. Sometime in his youth, Reilly became mixed up in a political plot in Russia and was forced to leave. He faked his own death and stowed away on a ship headed for Brazil. There, he worked as a cook for British spies. Reilly is famous for having saved the British expedition from attack by snatching an officer’s pistol and shooting down the attackers on his own. His skill and bravery were rewarded with a passport, passage to Britain, and £1,500. Reilly made this story up! Other people say he was in France at the same time as this “expedition.” During his stay in Paris, two revolutionaries were murdered after being robbed. One of the attackers fled to England, and his physical description matched Reilly perfectly!

Reilly spent the 1890s in London and became an important informant for William Melville, who would later serve as the first chief of the British Secret Service Bureau. Through Melville, Rosenblum changed his name to Sidney George Reilly. In the years to come, Reilly participated in many information-gathering missions, often disguised as a priest, an airplane mechanic, a shipyard worker, or a German military officer. Before his death in 1925 at the hands of the Soviets—who tortured Reilly for information he never let slip—he faithfully served the British people and kept his country safe.


Wasn’t Reilly more of a con artist? Don’t you people see? There was a darker side to the Ace of Spies and all his “missions.” You just have to look! He wasn’t killed by the Soviets. He was involved in something much more powerful and dangerous. Reilly came too close to learning their greatest secret.