Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more then he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts into his room and entrusts him a coded notebook with map, concerning the impending start of World War I. In no time both German agents and the British law are chasing him, ruthlessly coveting the Roman numerals code, which Hannay believes he must crack himself. Masquerading as a liberal party pundit, Richard also gets stuck with parliamentary candidate Sir George Sinclair's sister Victoria. They must survive with the secrets and decide who they can trust and how to keep it from others. Written by
Did You Know?
A one point Hannay is being chased by a bi-plane which fires at him with twin machine guns. These guns are firing through the propeller. This requires a synchronization gear (aka an interrupter gear).
The scene takes place in 1914 but the first synchronization gear was not installed on an aircraft until March 1915. See more
So, what's the story?
I am a freelance agent for the British Secret Service Bureau.
My housekeeper told me you were an accountant.
I don't make a habit of telling people that I'm a spy. Last night I was supposed to meet someone from the Bureau to exchange information, but it was a double-cross. Obviously I've been betrayed. I've been on the trail of a German espionage ring and I've tracked down their headquarters to a village in Scotland.
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