From James Bond to Real-Life Heroes: “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare” Tells the Incredible Story of Churchill’s Secret Warriors

The Second World War was a time of great conflict and chaos, but it was also a time of innovation and creativity in the fight against Nazi Germany. An example of this innovation is depicted in the upcoming film, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. It charts the true story of how Winston Churchill and James Bond writer Ian Fleming set up a clandestine combat organization that used unconventional and “ungentlemanly” techniques to fight the Nazis.

The film is based on Giles Milton’s non-fiction book of the same name, and is being directed by Guy Ritchie, best known for his “Sherlock Holmes” movies and British gangster flicks like “Snatch,” produced by Top Gun: Maverick producer Jerry Bruckheimer alongside Chad Oman, Ritchie’s producing partner Ivan Atkinson, and John Friedberg for Black Bear International. The project, which was originally set up at Paramount, is being pitched as the first in a possible series.

The story of the “ungentlemanly” combat organization is a fascinating one and it is not surprising that it is being adapted into a feature film. During the Second World War, the British were facing an existential threat from Nazi Germany and they needed to find new and innovative ways to fight back. Winston Churchill recognized the need for a new kind of warfare, and he tasked Ian Fleming, who would later go on to write the James Bond series, with setting up a clandestine organization that could operate outside the traditional rules of engagement.

Fleming, along with a team of military experts and operatives, set up the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, which was responsible for carrying out a range of operations, from sabotage and assassination to deception and psychological warfare. The operatives were chosen for their specific skills, and they were trained to use unconventional weapons and techniques, from exploding rats to disguise kits.

Some of the Ministry’s unconventional methods were criticized for their perceived brutality, even within the British military establishment. Yet they were highly successful in carrying out various operations that helped to undermine the Nazi war effort and pave the way for the Allied victory.

This highly anticipated film promises to shed light on one of the most fascinating and innovative operations of the Second World War.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare began principal photography in Turkey earlier this week, with Lionsgate eyeing a wide theatrical release for the movie next year.

The Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, California

We must not be too ambitious. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint box. And, for this, Audacity is the only ticket. —Winston Churchill


If you’re in the southern California area you will not want to miss this traveling show of oil paintings by Winston Churchill. Included in the collection are landscapes that Churchill painted at his favorite holiday destinations in France and Morocco, a coastal scene and a still life. These rare paintings are now on view through May 30.

Heather James Fine Art
45188 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm


Winston Churchill of Darkest Hour a rebuke to Trump, says film’s director


According to Joe Wright, the director of the long awaited Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour:

The film will feed into the debate around the nature of President Donald Trump’s abrasive, confrontational form of leadership.

Click here to read the entire article in The Guardian and to view the trailer.

Upcoming Book on Churchill by Erik Larson: ‘Downton on Downing’

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A master of narrative fiction, Erik Larson is presently working on a new book about Winston Churchill’s first year as prime minister, when Britain faced its gravest threat. The author is using newly available sources, including recently declassified files and personal diaries. Larson calls it “a kind of Downton on Downing.” To learn more about the tentatively titled The Splendid and the Vile, click on the link below to go to the publisher’s website.

via Crown Acquires New Erik Larson Book On Churchill During The Blitz | Penguin Random House

Australian PM, Quoting Churchill, Indirectly Sends Message to Trump

Quoting Winston Churchill, Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, indirectly sends a message to American President, Donald Trump, that he is wasting his time deriding the media. #NotTheEnemy

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A Few of Winston Churchill’s Favorite Places to Stay


Winston Churchill enjoyed luxury hotels, from Marrakech palaces to villas overlooking the Italian lakes. Click on the link below to see where Churchill liked to stay.

via Hotels with History: Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite places to stay | Telegraph Travel

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Lights, Camera, Churchill! Two Films Due in 2017 Keep Churchill’s Story Alive


In 2016 The Crown scored a huge hit for Netflix, with American actor John Lithgow playing Churchill at the end of his active political career. This year Brian Cox and Gary Oldman will both be seen in theatrical releases depicting the wartime prime minister.

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via Lights, Camera, Churchill!

Must-Read: Winston Churchill’s Love Letters to his Wife


Winston and Clementine wrote fondly to one another whenever they were apart.  From time to time, they also wrote loving notes to each other while living in the same house. Here are a few highlights from their exchanges while courting, while Winston was in the trenches during World War I and during Winston’s ‘Wilderness Years,’ when he held no government position.



Blenheim_PalaceDE.jpgAfter courting for only four months, Winston proposed marriage on the picturesque grounds of Blenheim Palace. Clementine accepted and the next morning, before she departed, Winston had his footman deliver a handwritten note to Clementine’s room. The note suggested a romantic walk in the rose garden after breakfast.


Clementine did accept Winston’s offer to stroll among the roses after breakfast and she most likely ‘picked a bunch’ to bring home as a reminder of Winston’s love for her. She also returned home with the engagement letter for her mother. They were married one month later on September 12, 1908 in London at Saint Margaret’s Church.


In the Trenches, World War I

Even with a war raging on, Winston Churchill found time to corresponded with his wife. While in the trenches, he had some practical requests, like his hot-water bottle and his trench periscope, which he described as ‘most important.’ But it was obvious from his correspondence that Clementine was the most important person in his life:

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The following correspondence was sent from the war front marked: “To be sent to Mrs. Churchill in the event of my death.”

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During His Wilderness Years

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Mary Somes, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s youngest daughter, compiled their letters in a 700+ page book titled Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills. This compilation offers a rare look at the ups and downs of their relationship and takes the reader on a journey through political and social events that covered most of the first half of the twentieth century. To say the least, it is a fascinating read.