Most people have watched a spy film, but few have ever met someone from the intelligence community. So how close are real spies to the Bournes and the Bonds? Peter Taylor looks at the world of the modern day secret agent. From James Bond to Spooks, from Jason Bourne to Tinker Tailor, spying is big box office business.
Its vocabulary has become familiar to us all, from "stings" and "moles" to "dead letter drops" and "honey traps". The fact is that the image of such operations as depicted on the big and small screens - and in airport blockbusters too - is firmly rooted in reality. The "tradecraft" is common to both the fictional and real world of spying.
How does the fictional world of spying compare with the reality? Peter Taylor looks at the real world of modern spies. Peter Taylor investigates how far today's spies can go to prevent terrorist attacks.
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