Maxwell Knight (M) was an MI5 agent whose life was just as, if not more fascinating than the character from the James Bond stories based on him.
This article delves into his obsession with "taming animals" serving as a subconscious way of dealing with being a secretive man in a time when his sexual orientation was not very tolerated.
He was into numerous things that I'm now interested in reading about his life more. Black Magic? Infiltrating fascist groups?
The whole universe around the James Bond pantheon is an endlessly fascinating thing to explore. Between Ian Fleming, his cousin Christopher Lee and Maxwell Knight. I'm surprised nobody has made a movie about the real people involved.
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