The taverns were alive with tales of Sir Anthony's fearsome exploits as chairman of the nearby Halifax education action zone and as captain of the Funding Agency for Schools now sadly sunk. But there were whispered rumours about a more colourful past. The story went that he worked for military intelligence in the early 1960s and there were wild imaginings of Sir Anthony being set on the tail of Christine Keeler's undesirable contacts at the height of the Profumo scandal. Sir Anthony, of course, would not be drawn: "I was in naval intelligence but I don't discuss what I did during that period," he said. "It doesn't have any relevance at all. I am not a cloak and dagger man in that sense."
One of Bradford council's notables was overheard muttering: "He doesn't look much like James Bond, more like Q."