Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service

Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:00pm

Pictured: The Headquarters of M16 


Delve into Her Majesty's Secret Service, also known as MI6, the world's most legendary spy agency. Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service airs Sunday, August 31 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

Ian Fleming's James Bond uses high-tech weapons and gadgets on his mission to protect Queen and country in his top-secret world of spies and secrets. But what is the real British Secret Service like? 

Set up in 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau and popularized by the James Bond series, the existence of MI6 was not formally acknowledged until 1994 - which goes a long way toward understanding the modus operandi of this government agency. Initially, the bureau was set up to control secret intelligence operations overseas, particularly concentrating on Imperial Germany's activities.

With unprecedented access to some of the key players in British espionage, this film lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world's most calculated and delicately executed operations.