Recently declassified MI5 papers sensationally reveal that Peter Pan of pop, Sir Cliff Richard, was recruited by British intelligence services in the late 1950s. He remained a frontline agent throughout the cold war.
Squeaky clean Sir Cliff went by the code name Harry Web-of-Deceit amongst Whitehall officials. Cliff’s paymasters gave the bachelor boy (although apparently ‘a bit of a James Bond on the side’ according to one anonymous source) a brief to release his soft pop balladry as a smokescreen for more clandestine activities. Having successfully established himself as a sleeper in the pop world he was ‘activated’ in 1968, during his performance of Eurovision entry, Congratulations, at London’s Albert Hall in 1968.
‘Sir Cliff was Mr Wiretap himself’ explained Tony Newbold, a retired intelligence officer ‘It was bloody brilliant: nobody suspected a thing. He was the best bug-er we had – a departmental accolade that spread, I’m afraid – for which I would like to humbly apologise.’