The enduring popularity of spy films attests to our general fascination with secret agents and espionage. And while real-life spies lack the action and glamour of James Bond or Johnny English, theirs is certainly a dangerous game – for all of us! These covert operations influence the outcomes of war and peace, and change the course of history. Oleg Penkovsky was one such agent who worked during the tense years of the Cold War. His contribution to diffusing the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early 1960’s may well have saved all our lives!