Perhaps the film should be about Penkovsky. Accordinng to the CIA document
Wynne wasn't a good businessman and an even worse candidate for the historic intelligence role which fate had conferred upon him. MI-6 did its best to initiate him into fundamental security and tradecraft methods. This was an impossible task , and his lack of experience and instinct forr his role did some harm later.
Yes, apparently he was a liar, an alcoholic and a guy hungry for publicity! He also did something heroic... and publicly exaggerated it and monetized it for years! But I thought that made him an interesting character. Sadly it’s likely that they will not show all his faults. Still Dominic Cooke said on a podcast that the script was about a middle aged middle class man who suddenly find himself in an extraordinary situation. I think that’s good because at least it seems they won’t go for the all-around hero of his own books: he claimed he worked for Intelligence agencies since World War II.
EDITED: Cool! Now I know why it’s called IRONBARK! Thanks for the articles!
I think G. Wynne is an interesting character too. and also the movie if is about "a middle aged middle class man who suddenly find himself in an extraordinary situation" .
If they go for a spy movie similar to TTSS Penkovsky's character should be prominent. He was who initiated everything.
There was a tweet from a writer of spy books who wrote about Wynne. His book adaptation is being developed.
From his blog:
The plan is to focus on an unusual friendship that developed in the most tense of situations, that between Soviet agent-in-place Oleg Penkovsky and British businessman Greville Wynne, who was acting as a liaison between Penkovsky and MI6 and the CIA. In the background: the growing Berlin crisis, the Wall going up, and finally the shadow of nuclear armageddon with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The script is being written by Anton Diether, and the working title is Alex and Greville (Penkovsky liked to be called ‘Alex’ by Westerners, and it was even used as a codename for him at one point, rather unwisely).
About the unusual friendship Wynne and Perkovski had a bar in London supposedly for spying bussiness. They took money from the MI6 and the KGB as reported by the DM.
According to de Havilland, whose grandfather bought the house from Wynne, Penkovsky told the KGB that Wynne enjoyed ‘alcohol and women of negotiable virtue’ and that the bar would help him extract secrets from the agent as he would be able to talk to him when he was relaxed and more loose-lipped.
Wynne told MI6 a similar story, describing Penkovsky as a nervous type who would be more likely to betray sensitive information when under the influence of alcohol, and arguing that he would be able to ply the Russian with booze in the comfort of his own home.
Of the £1,000 the pair received, only £100 was spent on the construction of the bar – the rest went on alcohol and ‘other forms of entertainment’, according to de Havilland.