So it seems that Benedict may or may not have a new girlfriend. If this is true, I am delighted for the pair of them.
I know his true fans respect his right to a private life and hope that he is happy however, and with whomever, he chooses to live it.
Here, here. He deserves a bit of happiness in his personal life. And a bit of privacy - a lot in fact. As he says, what’s private is private. Lets help him keep him that way if we can.
I am a gay man who loves James Bond films and snooker — all kinds of working-class pursuits. I didn’t set out to deliberately respond to the masculinity.
I’m fascinated that so many spies were or are gay, but I also like the idea—which John le Carré showed—that the real job is much more prosaic.
[…] Also back in the day, the natural people to approach [to recruit as spies] were people who were already lying about themselves. When homosexuality was illegal, these people already had a different identity.
What’s interesting is that simultaneously to recruiting known homosexuals, they were also perceived as a security risk, precisely because of the blackmail thing. The recruiters must have known and actually relied on it, but it was always a worry.
(From a 2008 interview about the release of his bisexual spy Lucifer Box Trilogy novel, ‘Black Butterfly’ [x])
Thinking a lot about what blackmail material Magnussen might have had on the head of the Secret Service, and why Mycroft doesn’t have a goldfish.(via benedictspromise)