Spies (or spooks as the case may be) on film and TV are a staple in Hollywood. Depictions of the hidden world of espionage captures and captivates us normal workaday folk. It's our way of understanding just what government covert operations can be...amped up and sensationalized of course.
So here are a few of the more famous spies that have crossed screens big and small.
First introduced in 1984, five films have been produced depicting Tom Clancy's popular CIA character from the best selling series of novels: The Hunt For Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Sum Of All Fears (2002), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Mike Meyers portrayed this spoof as a tongue in cheek parody of the spy genre and the counter culture of 60's and 70's London in three films: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Created in 1953 by Ian Fleming, and featured in twelve novels, the character has been adapted for radio, comics, games, television, and film: Dr. No (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Live and Let Die (1973), The Living Daylights (1987), GoldenEye (1995), Skyfall (2012)
Jennifer Garner played this CIA operative for five seasons on the television series ALIAS, a role which earned her Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her portray was so influential that the CIA actually enlisted her for a recruitment video.
Based on the character written by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader, this CIA operative has appeared in four films: The Bourne Identity (2002), Supremacy (2004), Ultimatum (2007), Legacy (2012)
Working for a shadowy government agency, the IMF, Tom Cruise has played this character, based from the popular TV series, on the big screen on four occasions: Mission: Impossible (1996), MI II (200), MI III (2006), Ghost Protocol (2011)
Covert operations have never been so much fun!!!