Secrets, Intrigue, and Danger
Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), an innocent advertising executive, is wrongly identified as the enemy of a mysterious organization that wants to export government secrets, he ends up at the center of an international intrigue. Featuring a set piece at Mount Rushmore that has become one of the most iconic sequences in film history, “North by Northwest” is a spine-tingling delight. TV Series: ‘The Americans’
Everyone knows James Bond, but he’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to media about the fascinating world of spies and intelligence agencies. Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some TV, read a book, or check out a movie you’ve been meaning to watch. With the season upon us, take a look at these exemplary pieces of fictional spycraft. Novel: ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ by John Le Carre The author, born David John Moore Cornwell, was a member of the British Secret Intelligence Agency when he began his writing career, which explains why he opted for the pen name John Le Carre. His third novel, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” centers on a fake defection of a senior British agent to east Germany. With exacting detail and plenty of excitement, Le Carre depicts a tangled web of Cold War espionage. From the moment you pick up this book, it’ll be hard to put down. Movie: ‘North by Northwest’ Alfred Hitchcock is regarded as the Master of Suspense, so it’s only fitting that he explored the world of covert missions. “North by Northwest” is a classic film about mistaken identity. When
What if the seemingly boring travel agents across the street were, in fact, deep cover Soviet operatives? That, in short, is the premise of FX’s breathtaking thriller “The Americans.” Philip and Elizabeth Jennings have to deal with raising kids, navigating an arranged marriage, and making friends with the neighbors, all while taking orders from the KGB. The setup makes every scene crackle with tension.
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