Sidney was considered one of the most impressive spies at the time. He has been in the industry for more than two decades, completing hundreds of tasks, but his life still has many mysteries that historians have not been able to decipher to this day.
Who is this mysterious spy?
Information about Sidney’s origins has never been officially confirmed, some researchers believe that he was a family with Jewish doctor parents in March 1874. His home was in Rosenblum, a city in the Russian Empire. Sidney only changed his name to Sidney Reilly after getting married, and before that, no one could confirm what his real name was, only knowing that they were Rosenblum. He studied chemistry in Vienna from 1890-1893 and then moved to South America, Brazil.
In Brazil, Sidney met a British expedition. They invited Sidney, then a young man, to Great Britain. There, Sidney had the opportunity to interact with the British intelligence service and was noted for his many talents and multilingualism.
The man officially took the name Sidney George Reilly in 1899, became a British citizen and married a young widow. This widow inherited a huge fortune from her ex-husband. There is a theory that Sidney was involved in the death of the other ex-husband. The most popular theory is that Sidney murdered the poor man with poison.
Spying in the place where I was born
Sidney’s first mission was to Russia in 1899 to gather information on oil fields in the Caucasus. Returning home and holding a lot of valuable information, he was recognized for his ability, so he was appointed to a permanent position at the intelligence agency of the British Navy. Sidney also spied on the Battle of Boer, fieldwork in the Middle East in 1904.
In 1909, Sidney was sent to Germany to collect information and data about the country’s weapons factories. The super spy also appeared in World War I, successfully carrying out dozens of missions, even penetrating deep into enemy lines.
Inspiration for James Bond
Sidney is described by his relatives as a person with great taste, courage and natural creativity, especially his ability to control and grasp situations that have saved his life many times.
When he joined the Intelligence Bureau, Sidney learned more skills in disguise and very quickly became a master of disguise and acting. He told people different stories about his past, sometimes as a pastor, sometimes as a descendant of a Russian noble family. Sidney’s outstanding ability to forge documents helps him almost never be detected. Sidney’s greatest talent is lying. At work, Sidney is very confident in his ability to disguise himself, accepting even the most dangerous tasks.
However, being a super spy and able to outmaneuver anyone, Sidney doesn’t place allegiance on any country but only for himself and his bank account, which is also why Sidney’s superiors never fully trusted him.
A spy who works for money is also an easy spy, because in each country, the super spy has a different identity and personality, and as long as a place pays higher, he will be ready. willing to work for. Sidney is said to have served as a spy for both Britain and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War.
Not only spending money to bribe people in intelligence activities, Sidney is also very willing to spend for himself, he is passionate about a life of affluence, women and gambling. It is rumored that Sidney has as many mistresses as there are passports.
Many of his love affairs and games have been compared to the love adventures of agent 007. Not having a handsome appearance like a James Bond character, in return Sidney Reilly mastered the ability to grasp psychology and at the same time. exudes a cold charm.
He can be gallant, but he can also control, manipulate, and manipulate power in a relationship. Sidney is said to have lured the wife of a Soviet minister to extract confidential information regarding the shipment of weapons from Germany to Russia.
As one of the world’s top super-spies, Sidney became the inspiration for writer Ian Fleming to portray 007 James Bond.
At the end of the war, Sidney was sent back to Russia, where he was tasked with trying to overthrow the regime and assassinate famous politicians. Despite bribing two of the Bolshevik leader’s bodyguards, Reill’s ingenious plan was still exposed. When the Russian secret police discovered and convicted Sidney, he promptly fled the country. Ironically, Sidney later determined to return to Russia to continue his mission, this time fate did not smile at this time, the spy was arrested in February 1925.
When arrested and imprisoned, Sidney tried to “negotiate” by providing top secret British and American information in exchange for his release. This tactic did not work, the execution continued, the super spy officially died on November 5, 1925 in a forest near Moscow.