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The World's Greatest Spy Movies

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A top ten of the public’s favourite spy films wouldn’t hold many surprises. However, this selection has been chosen by real spies and they’ve based their choices on how accurate the films’ portrayal of espionage is rather than how thrilling they are.

Up for discussion is whether Zero Dark Thirty reflected the real search for Osama Bin Laden and whether James Bond is the perfect spy. Or is the tormented Jason Bourne a more typical secret agent? As well as expert analysis of the big screen’s spies, their real-life counterparts describe what it’s like to live with a false identity, groom an informant or interrogate a suspect.


A countdown of the 10 most thrilling espionage films of all time, chosen by real spies and spy-masters from MI6, the CIA and the KGB. The programme untangles fact from fiction, from Le Carre-style gritty realism to the outlandish espionage fantasies of Jason Bourne, and British superhero James Bond, revealing which film comes closest to the truth, and which has won the number one spot.

Cast & Crew

Director Chris Durlacher
Director Paul Tizey
Director Mark Radice
Executive Producer Nicolas Kent
Executive Producer Susan Jones
Producer Chris Durlacher
Producer Paul Tizey
Producer Mark Radice
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