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A Real Spy Reviews A Spy TV Show

A Real Spy Reviews A Spy TV Show


– I’m Jack Barsky, and I’m a retired, perfectly reformed,
ex-undercover KGB agent. And today I’m going to watch
a TV Show about Russian spies. We’ll make some comments, and tell you what’s real and what’s not. And you get it from the horse’s mouth. (suspenseful music) There’s nothing real in James Bond, to the extent I’ve watched it. Ian Fleming, who came out
with the James Bond character, he was British Intelligence, but he turned into an entertainer. And I don’t think he ever pretended to tell a story of what
it’s like to be a spy. So there’s this fundamentally
distorted notion in the public as to what a
spy is and how they operate. And that helps, actually, wannabe spies, or people who want to spy, because they’re more normal
people than you would imagine. They’re not superheroes,
and they don’t run around shooting up places or people. They’re very normal,
they’re the spy next door. (suspenseful music) – Super-secret spies, living next door, they look like us, they speak
better English than we do. They’re not allowed to say a single word in Russian
once they get here. – [Woman Off Camera] Oh hi, you came. – Just for a second to bring over brownies and welcome you to the neighborhood. – What do you do, Stan? – I’m an FBI agent. – Interestingly enough, this
is sort of art imitating life, because the FBI, when
they investigated me, they had actually bought
the house next door, and had a couple of agents
live there for six months to keep an eye on me. The folks next door to
me never talked to me. The idea was, maybe that they would strike up a friendship with my wife, but they sort of dropped the idea. They were just there,
looking at me, pretty much. – Scott. (gasping and moaning) – Also, quite realistic. The East Germans were notorious
and really good at this. They’re called Romeo Spies. East Germans, good looking young men, were sent out in droves to befriend lonely, middle-aged, maybe plain women, without male attachment, who worked in the West German Government, and became their lovers. In some cases, even married them, and then pretended to
work for some kind of, like here this man says,
“I work for Sweden”, for some kind of a World Peace
Organization or whatever, “I need your help, I need your help”. After the Berlin Wall came down, there were about 50 or so women prosecuted for doing this kind of
work this young lady depicted here is doing. Working for a foreign agent, either the East German Stasi or the KGB, without knowing it, as a love interest. So, quite realistic. – [Agent Amador] A year
from now, and he’s done. – It was a lateral move. – They can cut your balls
off, stuff them in your mouth, tie you to a radiator in the basement, and then call it a lateral move. Bartholomew took the fall for Timoshev. – Counter-intelligence, the FBI’s, has always followed as many diplomats or employees of the Soviet Union, and D.C. or they, the folks in New York that work for the United Nations, and they’re following, what
I think is a secretary, and seeing what she’s up to. – [Phillip] Three days? – When he said things would get riskier, I guess this is what he meant. – Well, no, this is isn’t
risky, this is insane. We’d need six months for this at least. – Phillip.
– What, no. I’ll send a flash tonight saying it’s operationally impossible. – These are orders, Phillip. – Yeah, and they’ll listen to us because we’re the ones on the ground. – Here is an order that was given, where the couple has difficulties buying into that order. I cannot recall one order,
they were all requests, that was given to me. They would always, sort
of, ask my okay for things. And sometimes I would override them because I was the man in the field, I had a better idea of understanding risk and what’s feasible and what’s not. So this is dramatically enhanced. – Where did you get that? – The mall. It’s just a bra, mom. I’m 13. – Exactly. – Mom, things are different
than when you grew up. – I actually was worried about, if the FBI catches me, oh my goodness, and everybody gets deported, and my daughter would be
a warden of the state, but my wife would be
kicked out of the country. This is a realistic conflict,
she’s worried about, “What will happen to my children
when we get in trouble”. That can squeeze a parent’s heart. I see a lot of foundation
in real espionage. Obviously they need to
enhance it in some way, they need to compress it. It is unrealistic that all of that could have happened to that
couple in that time frame. In totality, it’s entertainment, but it has decent foundation in reality, as far as the depiction of the psychology of being undercover. I would give it an eight to nine. When it comes to real
espionage, and what people do, I’d say I’d give it a five, simply because, yeah, there
are bits and pieces of reality, but as they are put together they become entirely unrealistic. Being an agent is probably
95% waiting and 5% action. There is no real one movie that I say that I could recommend, as far
to reality of espionage. I think the TV series, The Americans, comes closest to all of them. But if you really want to know what it’s like to operate as a spy, you need to read memoirs, or you need to read something
written by John le Carré, who was a British author who was, I think, MI5 or MI6, but he
was British Intelligence.

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100 thoughts on “A Real Spy Reviews A Spy TV Show

  1. all he wants to say is that being a spy is boring that's why producers make a movie out of it to make it look entertaining.

  2. When will we get "Real Assassins"?! I don't care if you'd need to blur him out or in a shadow. Real Assassin react to Assassin's Creed or Ninja Assassin or The Professional

  3. I want to know what he thinks of the John le Carre films and books – le Carre actually worked for both MI5 and MI6

  4. There should've been a warning that a clip of a woman moaning is included GODDAMNIT I WAS NOT USING EARPHONES

  5. Wouldn't this be like breaking the fight club rule? Like I was a spy, i feel like no one is supposed to know that.

  6. Reformed ex KGB. Reformed how? I am in no way saying that they weren't wrong, justifying them in any sense. My question is just simply (or not simply) how. As a KGB operative, he was conditioned with his morals and his allegiance to the government he operated under to do what many in his position did and do to this day believe is the right and just course fair or not under the laws and justice of the regime he was conditioned to obey and enforce. In which he was then captured and interrogated by the operatives with the morals and allegiance of our government until he obeyed and reformed. He may be reformed in our eyes of justice, but does he truly feel reformed or is he just living the rest of his life under the authority of the American government out of fear of a punishment he would receive from his government. Is that truly reformation?

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