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Dick Franks : biography

13 July 1920 - 12 October 2008

Sir Arthur Temple "Dick" Franks (13 July 1920 – 12 October 2008) was Head of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1979 to 1982.


Educated at Rugby School and Queen's College, Oxford, Franks was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals in 1940. The Times, 20 October 2008 He became an Intelligence officer in the Western Desert and then joined the Special Operations Executive.

After the War he briefly worked for the Daily Mirror before joining the Secret Intelligence Service in 1946. He became involved in Operation Boot, a plan to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh, the nationalistic Iranian Prime Minister in 1953. He was posted to Bonn in 1962 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 1977. He was appointed Chief of the Service in 1978.

He lived at Aldeburgh in Suffolk. The Independent, 30 October 2008

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