Dick Franks

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Dick Franks

Born13 July 1920
Died12 October 2008 (aged 88)
Alma materQueen's College, Oxford
OccupationIntelligence officer
Spouse(s)Rachel Ward
ChildrenOne son, two daughters
Espionage activity
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service branchSecret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6)
RankChief of the Secret Intelligence Service

Sir Arthur Temple "Dick" Franks KCMG (13 July 1920 – 12 October 2008) was Head of the British 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.[1] He became an Intelligence officer in the Western Desert and then joined the Special Operations Executive.[1]

After the War he briefly worked for the Daily Mirror before joining the Secret Intelligence Service in 1946.[1] He became involved in Operation Boot, a plan to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddegh, the nationalistic Iranian Prime Minister in 1953.[1] He was posted to Bonn in 1962 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 1977.[1] He was appointed Chief of the Service in 1978,[1] in place of Brian Stewart, the Director of Support Services.[2]

He lived at Aldeburgh in Suffolk.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Obituary: Sir Dick Franks The Times, 20 October 2008
  2. ^ Obituary: Brian Stewart The Scotsman, 10 September 2015
  3. ^ Obituary: Sir Dick Franks The Independent, 30 October 2008

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Maurice Oldfield
Chief of the SIS
Succeeded by
Sir Colin Figures