a good spy story

If you anything about me personally, you’ll know that I love a good spy story. When I was a kid watching 007 movies with my Dad, I loved imagining that I’d grow up to be a spy like James Bond. It wasn’t so much the license to kill, rather the gadgets and the cloak and dagger. I have really enjoyed the Bourne Identity movies as I picked up a copy of the original book and loved that, too. As far as I am concerned the movie and the book were different enough that it was almost like two different stories.

I read with relish, Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit by Eric Haney. I was enthralled by the spy-craft aspects of the book and was often jealous that the need to sneak past security or evade militants didn’t come up more often in my current line of work.

If you happened to read my blogs from the beginning, (unlikely based on the stats), then you might be aware that I posted about an amazing show from the BBC:

If you check out the links in the post you can visit the BBC pages about the show.

Tonight, I became aware of an excellent read over at Wired:

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I’ve told a few people about the BBC show, Spy! I’ve happened to TiVo a couple months back. This has been some of the best television I have seen in a long, long time. This is a reality show, but being from the BBC, it is different than the US reality shows. For example, you get 60 minutes of the show; no commercials. Also, the participants are doing it, because they really, really want to. They are not doing it for cash and prizes. It’s a different mindset than the US reality shows. It has been a complete breath of fresh air.


What got me thinking about this, is that this series is over, and the last episode was two weeks ago. I miss the show. It was such a cool idea and the way it was done was impressive. I found myself really wanting to be a particpant. Ever since I read the Rainbow 6 books, I’ve been intriqued with Spy Craft. This show really got me fired up. If I was just out of college and/or didn’t have a family, I would be signing up for the FBI or something. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade it for my life today, rather if I was a younger person starting fresh.

When I was in college, in my first two years, the FBI was recruiting people from our campus. Looking back, I wished I had the nerve to apply. I think now, the person who am today, I would have been a successful candidate. Although, I am a very different person today than I was then.

In my search for the above URL, I see the BBC has a new series called, Spooks!


Looks interesting. I’ll have to see if I can find it on PBS or BBCA.