International espionage isn’t all Tom Ford tuxedos, high-stakes poker games and jetpacks. Sometimes there’s far dirtier work to be done.
Just ask Nicolas Anderson. A former covert action British intelligence officer whose career spans forty years, he worked for SIS during the Cold War until his retirement in 1983, before being recalled to active duty in 1992 and then again in 2003.
Now an author living in the south of France, the man's as seasoned in the dark arts as they come, we spoke to Anderson to get a candid - and at times unflinching - insight into the murky world of state-sponsored assassinations.
If ever you wanted to know about the deadly side of spycraft, this is it.