This intriguing drama is based on the true story of the Portland spy ring – a Soviet operation active in southern England from the late 1950s until January 1961 when the core members were arrested.
Produced in 1964, Ring of Spies charts a duel between Soviet intelligence and British counter-espionage, and a trade in deadly secrets directed from a bungalow at 45 Cranley Drive in suburban Ruislip, hidden for years from unsuspecting neighbours and British spy catchers.
William Sylvester is a smooth charmer as the Russian spy Konon T Molody.
Bernard Lee gives a fine performance as the alcoholic Henry Houghton who steals files from the safe at the Portland Naval Establishment.
BAFTA-winning actors Margaret Tyzack and David Kossoff give accomplished
performances in this gritty, unglamorous Cold War thriller.
Released in some markets as Shadow of Treason.
Gordon Lonsdale (Konon T Molody)
Chief Supt. Croft