When you think of spies, the first thing that comes to your mind is Bond. James Bond. We have always been fascinated with spies because of their double lives. In 2015, we were treated to movies such as Kingsman: Secret Service, Spy, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bridges of Spies and Spectre. In 2016, there is Central Intelligence starring Dwayne Johnson (who was featured in Rise of the Straberry Nation) and Kevin Hart that will be released on 16 June 2016.
Over the years, far from the suave, charming spy, we have started to see spies from all walks of life. Think about Austin Powers, Get Smart, Taken, Equaliser, True Lies, Mr and Mrs Smith, Bourne Identity, Spy Kids, Agent Cody Banks and many more. These are your everyday Joe.
Then of course, who can forget XXX, starring Fast & Furious’ Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, a thrill seeking extreme sports enthusiast, stuntman and rebellious athlete-turned-reluctant spy for the National Security Agency who is sent on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a group of potential Russian terrorists in Central Europe. Remember this infamous line?
Then of course, there is the brilliant Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs 無間道 (star-studded cast (Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen and Sammi Cheng), that tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates at triad, and a police officer secretly working for the same gang. Hollywood even copycat and made The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. A moment from Infernal Affairs.
So, we wonder if real spies are anything like Hollywood. Just recently, the British police had to apologise for the behaviour of undercover officers who used relationships (9 years long in one case) to gather intelligence and to infiltrate environmental, social justice or other advocacy groups.
Click here for the full article, British police apologise for undercover officers’ intimate tactics.
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On one hand, quite bastard but on the other hand, devotion to the cause. Come, I clap for them.
So, for our Singapore Police Force and any of our secret units that catch bad guys and terrorists, how far do you think they will go deep (pun intended) to infiltrate and go undercover?
On that note, a plug for Melissa McCarthy, the star of Spy, who will be in Singapore to promote Ghostbusters.
Today Online Article: Make a date with Ghostbusters star and director Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig on June 12.
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