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->'''Commander Denniston:''' This is Stewart Menzies, [=MI6=]. \\
'''Keith:''' But there are only ''five'' divisions of Military Intelligence. There ''is'' no [=MI6=]. \\
'''Menzies:''' That's the spirit!
-->-- ''Film/TheImitationGame''

The Secret Intelligence Service, almost always referred to in media by the term [="MI6"=] ('''''M'''ilitary '''I'''ntelligence, Branch '''6''''), is the external intelligence agency for the United Kingdom, roughly equivalent to the United States' {{CIA}}. Only [[FollowTheLeader older]].

Formed as the Secret Service Bureau in 1909 under the leadership of Captain Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming[[labelnote:*]]an ex-sailor who was eccentric to say the least, writing in green ink and stabbing his false leg with a penknife to shock people[[/labelnote]], its existence was [[NoSuchAgency not officially acknowledged]] until 1994, although it now has a [[http://www.sis.gov.uk/output/sis-home-welcome.html website.]] It's still considered to be bad form for politicians and other public officials to openly discuss [=MI6=] and [=MI5=]'s activities. Mitt Romney caused a minor scandal when he publicly divulged that he met with representatives of British intelligence while running for president.

Its reputation in media is inextricably linked to the Franchise/JamesBond mythos, and the agency's appearances in media tend to either play to, or directly contradict such notions.

By the way, the chief is known as "[[OneLetterName C]]" (after Smith-Cumming), not "M", although Creator/IanFleming, himself an ex-secret agent, was inspired by Smith-Cumming's use of green ink.

Also note that in British intelligence, operatives directly employed by the various agencies are known as 'Intelligence Officers'. Agents are those who have been turned/bribed/intimidated/etc. into doing the actual dirty work and providing information to officers, who normally have official cover and are protected under diplomatic rules. [=MI6=] won't divulge if it has intelligence officers who get into Bond-style shenanigans.

MI6 has a rather [[{{HomeBase}} cool base]], namely its headquarters at Vauxhall Cross on the River Thames. Many actual employees, however, consider it to be a [[AwesomeButImpractical massive security risk]] due to its location and some have bluntly said that if there was a sufficiently large and discreet building somewhere else in London, they'd relocate there with immediate effect. Additionally, quite a few consider it to be a rather ugly design. Tellingly, many British spies actually ''cheered'' when they saw the building blow up in both ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. [=MI5=], [=MI6=]'s domestic counterpart, also has a [[{{HomeBase}} cool base]] at Thames House, on the opposite side of the river, a little further down.
!!Works Involving The Secret Intelligence Service include:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Several characters in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' work for the SIS. One of the agents, April, gets annoyed when it's called [=MI6=].
* The assassin Manga/{{Golgo 13}} is employed by them on occasion.
* SIS agents serve as the main antagonists of ''Literature/JokerGame'' Episode 5, having arrested Kaminaga only 2 weeks after he arrives in London in spring 1939.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'' is entirely based around the work of [=MI6=]. (It's also an acknowledged AscendedFanfic of ''The Sandbaggers'', the TV series mentioned below.)
* Alfred Pennyworth, butler to Franchise/{{Batman}} is usually depicted as having been an [=MI6=] agent in his backstory. The exception is in Film/TheDarkKnightSaga, where it appears that he was a member of the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Special Air Service]].
* ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen were originally [=MI6=] operatives, the "Black Dossier" also details the founding and history of the agency in that world.
* Shang Chi and various characters from his comic book work for [=MI6=].
* [=MI6=] and other agencies appear in ''{{ComicBook/Excalibur}}'' and its successor, ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Plays a role in ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice'' by sending sixteen agents to Chicago to try to find the new Kira. Unlike most media, who are too lazy to look up the proper name, it is referred to by the [=SIS=] instead of the [=MI6=]. TakeThat!
* In the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fic ''On Her Undying Majesty's Secret Service'' Wooster is explicitly working for the [=SIS=] (including a chief known as "Lord M___".)
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', [=MI6=] appears and is wiped out by the ''veidrdraugar'' in chapter 21 as part of a test of the Darkhold's capabilities.
** James Bond appears, briefly, a few chapters earlier, in which [[spoiler: he is swiftly dispatched by the Winter Soldier. When you get the drop on the deadliest assassin in the Nine Realms, you ''don't'' stop for a PreMortemOneLiner]].
** As of chapter 61, it transpires that M is alive and well and dispensing advice to Nick Fury. As she bitterly notes, that's pretty much all she's good for right now, as the remains of her agency are effectively subsumed by the resurgent [=MI13=].
** In chapter 80, [[spoiler: James Bond reappears]] at Porton Down, (in RealLife, Britain's equivalent of Area 51, with a much creepier reputation - for instance, it is legally established fact that there ''have'' been human experiments there). As it turns out, Wisdom's [[spoiler: resurrected him in an all-new LMD as a sort of techno-zombie.]]

* ''Franchise/JamesBond'' in all his various incarnations,[[note]]With the exception of Daniel Craig, all ''Bond'' actors would actually be ineligible to serve in MI-6 because there's a policy discouraging the hiring of anyone over 6 ft tall due to the fact that tall people naturally draw unwanted attention[[/note]] although the movie of ''Film/DrNo'' stated the agency to be MI-'''7''' instead.[[note]]There was at one point an actual [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MI7 M.I.7]], it was part of the War Office and in charge of Misinformation, Censorship, and Propaganda, so that may be an inside joke regarding Bond's escapades. Sources are unclear on exactly ''when'' M.I.7 was wound up.[[/note]] In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', the actual [=MI6=] headquarters on Vauxhall Cross is shown. The government initially tried to block the showing of the building in the film, citing national security. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook overruled them, stating, "After all that Bond has done for Britain, it was the least we could do for Bond."
%%* The film version of ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''.

* ''Literature/AlexRider'': The title character's uncle was a James Bond {{expy}} working for MI-6. He is killed in action and his death covered up by the agency, but Alex penetrates the masquerade and ends up getting recruited. He turns out to be an excellent spy, but the BlackAndGreyMorality of the spy world wears on him eventually.
* The works of Creator/JohnLeCarre. As matters were still classified when he wrote, he changed some things, such as using "Control" rather than "C" and having [=MI6=] nicknamed "the Circus" because its headquarters were said to be on Cambridge Circus (in reality it wasn't). Le Carré himself was an MI-6 operative in real life until his cover was blown to the [=KGB=] by Kim Philby.
* Len Deighton's Bernard Samson series also focus on the work and exploits of the [=SIS=].
* ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Creator/CharlesStross, although only in passing. The Laundry itself is the sole surviving section of the [=WW2=] [[UsefulNotes/{{SOE}} Special Operations Executive]]. [=MI6=] do not have a very high opinion of them, and the feeling is mutual.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Declare}}'' by Creator/TimPowers works for an intelligence cell left over from the UsefulNotes/{{SOE}}. The rivalry between [=SIS=] and [=SOE=] is mentioned, but [=SOE=] cell is so secret that the SIS does not know about it.
* In the novel (but not TheMovie) ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', British and US cooperation in tracking down the titular submarine includes interaction between [=MI6=] and the {{CIA}}, as do many other Creator/TomClancy novels.
* Some works during the 1960s and '70s referred to the name being changed to [=DI6=] ([=MI5=] was also renamed [=DI5=]). How accurate this was is uncertain -- the SIS website doesn't seem to mention it at all -- but more than one author used the new names (examples include Michael Gilbert's "Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens" stories and Martin Woodhouse's "Giles Yeoman" series).
* Creator/CharlesCumming was scouted by them (he never joined up), and now writes SIS spy novels.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheSandbaggers''. Throughout the series, the organization is referred to as S.I.S., never [=MI6=].
* It is not certain, but it is usually assumed that Number 6 from ''Series/ThePrisoner'' is a former [=MI6=] agent.
* ''Series/LieToMe'': Cal Lightman is former [=MI6=], as we find out in "Secret Santa", and was in the Yugoslavia Wars.
* ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' is about [=MI5=] (the domestic intelligence counterpart to [=MI6=]), but many episodes also include [=MI6=]. The team has something of an InterserviceRivalry with them, but Adam, Fiona, Zaf and Ros all came over from [=MI6=].
* ''Series/DangerMan''
* ''ThePigletFiles'' is a comedy about [=MI5=].
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Bashir plays a James Bond-esque spy in the holodeck. His Cardassian friend Garak, an actual spy, quips that he joined the wrong intelligence service upon seeing the luxurious perks that fictional [=MI6=] agents receive.
* Section 20 in ''Series/StrikeBack'' is initially portrayed as being run by [=MI6=], though beginning from ''Project Dawn'' it was portrayed as being British military intelligence instead. A former [=MI6=] officer is pursued in ''Shadow Warfare'', believed to be responsible for betraying the organisation.
* It's revealed on ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' that their version of [[spoiler:Mycroft Holmes]] is in fact, an [=MI6=] agent.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Team Bartowski have, on more than one occasion, unintentionally crossed paths with [=MI6=] agents while WorkingTheSameCase, the most notable time was when they met and teamed up with Cole Barker, an [=MI6=] operative they mistook for a typical EvilBrit badguy, who became a SecretKeeper for Chuck being the Intersect, even though he only just met the guy. After a rough first meeting, he turned out to be a pretty cool guy.
** During Season 4, when its found out that [[spoiler: Chuck's mom is working for Volkoff Industries and her claim that she was under deep cover for the CIA was proven false, she claimed to have defected to [=MI6=] in order to keep working the case after Alexi Volkoff found out she was CIA. However, after they meet her bumbling NonActionGuy handler, it soon gets revealed that this is a ruse and the handler is actually Alexi Volkoff himself, ObfuscatingStupidity. It then gets even more confusing after that.]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' now has Clayton Reeves, a liaison from [=MI6=].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'': Operation Edom was originally part of Britain's Naval Intelligence Division, but became part of [=MI6=] when that organization was formed.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* British bombshell [[EnglishRose Cammy]] [[ActionGirl White]], of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' fame, is part of a team operating within the UK's [=MI6=]. She was actually more or less "adopted" by the Service after the ''Alpha'' series.
* The title character of ''Blake Stone'', a futuristic FPS series of games by Apogee, is an [=MI6=] agent.
* An expository loading screen in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' has [=MI6=], [=MI5=], and the SAS working in tandem to stop a suspected terrorist plot in London.
* TheRepublic's [[FunWithAcronyms Strategic Information Service]] in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' is almost certainly a reference to [=MI6=]. Their rival organization, Imperial Intelligence, cover the more intense view of [=MI6=]. They are a universal network of invisible, amoral monsters protecting the Sith Empire by any means necessary. And with the very finest of English accents as standard.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Stormwind spy network is known as [=SI:7=].
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCellBlacklist'', Majid Sadiq, the main antagonist is a former [=MI6=] agent who went rogue.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' Asha Odekar, one of your homies, is an [=MI6=] agent whom you help in the first mission in the game.
** It's also revealed that after you thrashed Matt Miller in his VR world then spared him in the [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird previous game]], he took the lesson to heart. He apparently joined [=MI6=] after fleeing back to England to atone for his black hat hacker days and became Asha's handler, with the official cover story being that he swore off technology altogether and instead joined a Luddite group.
* In ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', the [=MI6=] is said to be one of the organizations after the [[MacGuffin Blitz Engines]]. [[spoiler: The KnowledgeBroker [[BadassInANiceSuit Sai]] turns out to be one of their secret agents, and in his ending he manages to claim the biggest Engines for the Service.]]

* Obliquely referenced in ''Webcomic/DeepDiveDaredevils''. Several classified memos from "[[XMakesAnythingCool Department X]]" are seen, and one of their rogue agents hires the Daredevils for a secret mission.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' Alfred is a former [=MI6=] agent, and used to work with Katana's parents, with the rank of Major.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer'' is the autobiography of Peter Wright, a lifelong SIS operative who, after a faithful working life spent in Intelligence, was incensed to discover he'd been shafted with regard to his pension. His book blows the lid on British Intelligence and its practices between 1945 and approximately 1985, and was so incendiary that the British government banned its publication in the UK. Unfortunately for the government, it only brought the case in an English court, which meant that the ban only applied in England and Wales. The book was published in Scotland, and everywhere else in the English-speaking world; the British government tried and failed to get the book banned in Australia, and didn't even bother trying to ban it in the States, knowing that it would lose on First Amendment grounds. Eventually, the book was cleared for sale in England and Wales in 1988.