Poll Suggestion: Favorite 'Spy' Character

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Which of these 'spies' characters is your favorite?


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Paok-Kilkis

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Peter, Champion

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Since Spy is not a title, you don't need quotation marks here.
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Paok-Kilkis

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Arkas16

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Severus Snape and Nicholas Brody.
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slothman

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Where are Sean Conery and other 007? I choose Kay, in reason  Tommy Lee Jones.
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Paok-Kilkis

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Daniel Craig's 007 represents all Bonds
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Paok-Kilkis

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MST3K (and Narnia) is Awesome

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in "True Lies."
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Overall, a pretty comprehensive list.

FYC, but a couple seem to be pushing the boundaries a bit. There are plenty of high profile unlisted official options (in the employ of an espionage agency) like Dwayne Johnson as Bob Stone in Central Intelligence (2016), Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde (2017) or Atomic Blonde 2, Steve Carell  as Maxwell Smart in Get Smart (2008) or real-life spy Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo (2012) that come to mind first. I would list those over these options that are more unofficial "spies" or contacts, unwitting agents, assets or useful idiots, such as Roger Thornhill, Severus Snape, Holly Martins and Nicholas Brody.

PS I wouldn't mind seeing these two on the list either

Harrison Ford
in Clear and Present Danger (1994) or

Ulrich Mühe
in Das Leben der Anderen (2006)

PSS I love Three Days of the Condor and it might be my favorite Redford spy. Redford has been a spy on more than a few occasions, but Robert Redford as Nathan Muir in Spy Game (2001) could be arguably his best character at spycraft.

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Jeorj Euler

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Hi, urbanemovies. You've presented a lot of good suggestions.
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Jeorj Euler

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I do wonder if we should avoid spoilers, though.
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urbanemovies

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Which spies would need spoilers? If Kevin Costner as Tom Farrell in No Way Out (1987). I would agree it would need a spoiler. But, if someone hasn't seen it after thirty years, I would think at some point you are relieved of the responsibility.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Jeorj you are right. Every movie has not been seen by "Everyone"
I have never seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I would not want some poll to have a spoiler in it.
Good Point.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Nice Poll
My Choice
Titles:
Nikita
People: Anne Parillaud

Mata Hari too! If she was on the list!
FYC
The Early Spy Classic Mata Hari..... a World War 1 real Spy
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023196/mediaviewer/rm4287076352
Greta Garbo as Mata Hari
Greta Garbo for Mata Hari 1931MGM

Also
P-K
Jack Ryan and "The Three Days" Robert Redford characters were analysts that just happened into their predicaments by accident.








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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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This is improper use of someone else's  poll UM.
You ought not be doing this as it is not fair to Paok.
You made your point, I made mine.
To rebut it was improper as was my reply.
My apologies to you Paok. I am Sorry. I forgot my manners.
You should do the same UM.
Cheers
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Perhaps there are several kinds of "spy", but what stands out are the two categorizations "HUMINT" and "SIGINT", with the related condition of being either covert or overt, as well as the question of privilege level. For all cases, it is imperative that target of spying not be aware that he/she is being targeted, let alone how or by whom.  So, on one hand, the intelligence apparatus (or otherwise merely the spy master) could send somebody to develop a relationship with the target under false pretenses, and other hand, follow much more of a ghost approach that may involve blending in with a crowd, blending in with an inanimate environment, planting sensors, tampering with the environment to accomplish those things, observation via acoustic magnification, observation via telescopic means, or interception of telecommunications.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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My two examples Spied on no one.
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Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin), Champion

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1990's Nikita is such a great movie! 
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Here's Spyin on you Kid!
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Black Widow
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Black Widow added
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Please correct: 
Which of these spy characters is your favorite?
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Paok,

I do not understand how 'Men in Black' agents Jay and Kay could be considered spies. The mission for the 'Men in Black' agency was closer to policing non-terrestrial beings including protecting these beings. Could you provide the reason you consider Jay and Kay spies?
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Agree.
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Alexander NYVKE

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thank you paok.
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Jeorj Euler

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I'm tempted to suggest Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (or Emperor Palpatine for that matter), from Star Wars, but I'm not sure if the manner of his story jives with the usual idea of spy work. As galactic supreme chancellor, he was effectively the leader of both sides of the Clone Wars, and therefore all strategic intel flowed though him personally or his office. Inasmuch, he was spying on everybody within practical limitations of the resources available to either side of the war. As galactic emperor, he couldn't use the same approach as before since he didn't exactly orchestrate the war between the Rebels and the Imperials, so he eventually set a trap instead by baiting the Rebels' spies with valid but incomplete information.
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Live poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Ys7DgYoKVfA/

Congratulations Paok.