Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED

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Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.

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Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED


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May 8, 2019

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ElMariachi 54 minutes ago
I think it's hillarious, how she seriously comments on the ridiculous scenes.
Leon Strand
Leon Strand 2 hours ago
lol i had no idea that the "my name is jeb" was a movie lol
Henryk Gödel
Henryk Gödel 3 hours ago
This lady probably has some really cool stories I'd like to sit down and listen to.
ChosenOne21 :D
ChosenOne21 :D 3 hours ago
"My name is Jeff."
Geazaki Cosplay
Geazaki Cosplay 4 hours ago
I'm portuguese and start counting with my index finger... I can't even imagine starting with your thumb what XD
Vlad Mestecanean
Vlad Mestecanean 4 hours ago
yo she is so badass. this is so interesting
El Be
El Be 5 hours ago
I don't think the movie needs to add in its comments lol
WTF 6 hours ago
She is a liar
Jules 6 hours ago
She lied when she said they don’t use media cover for spies. She has tells.
Clifftonic Studios
Clifftonic Studios 6 hours ago
Wheres a long kiss goodnight
uh x
uh x 6 hours ago
A whole video about disguise, yet no analysis of Mrs Doubtfire?
Clifftonic Studios
Clifftonic Studios 6 hours ago
Like shes going to tell us
futasupastah 6 hours ago
So glad someone finally addressed Superman - world's shittiest disguise ever lol
diane9247 6 hours ago
That was fascinating! She's one tough cookie, too.
desertrose88 7 hours ago
when it comes to art of seduction russian women are good at it. they even have special classes where they go and learn how to deepthroat. come on... all of their life they are raised to seduce, and find the best suitors. of course not all, but a lot of them.
AS00400349 7 hours ago
This video makes me want to be a spy. I said it. Now don't mind me while I slip into a new identity and blend into the crowd.
anil rehmatullah
anil rehmatullah 8 hours ago
d4n4nable 9 hours ago
Does anyone buy that the CIA would never impersonate a journalist? Lmao. I don't think there's a single media giant in the US without CIA assets on staff.
Amy L
Amy L 9 hours ago
not a spy film but... clark kent vs superman?
Tomek S.
Tomek S. 10 hours ago
4:42 weak points of CIA. Making a note...
Christopher Hopkins
Christopher Hopkins 10 hours ago
I'm surprised Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs didn't come up. He had the whole cover story and the practiced anecdote and everything.
Andrew P Velasco
Andrew P Velasco 10 hours ago
I never saw 24, so my first reaction at 8:45 was "Lassie?".
G K 11 hours ago
I hope she meant in when she said they didn't impersonate priests, media, and the peace corps. This is a fascinating watch!
kabbara4 11 hours ago
There wasn't a lot of under cover stuff in it but I'd love to get her opinion on Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, or flushing a mole out in general.
kebman 13 hours ago
OooOoOOooh so if the spy only has two names, it's his _real_ name!!11
ninapop821 14 hours ago
I was hoping that they was going to do Face Off
jack li
jack li 14 hours ago
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OceanArk7 7
OceanArk7 7 15 hours ago
Shes a bad liar! Anderson Cooper on CNN is former CIA. Smh...
Sam Samoa
Sam Samoa 16 hours ago
Can she tell me why former prime minister of the UK John Major's father is actually Abraham Thomas Ball? So one would assume that John Major (not his real name) is just an actor in disguise!
Gav Powell
Gav Powell 16 hours ago
"priests don't have any structure to protect them, they're too vulnerable" - Oh I think priests do just fine for structures to protect them...
Shinken7 21 hour ago
When she explains that the mission impossible masks are possible to use it made me wonder if she was using one the entire time she was commentating to us.
Optic500 21 hour ago
why the clips mis synced with her talking and freezing?
Daily Llama
Daily Llama Day ago
I have a natural ability to blend in & be a "little grey man." It's always astounded me how much people don't recognize me with simple changes of my appearance. A pair of glasses or a change in facial hair literally turns me into a different person. I can meet someone one day, not shave & run into the the very next day & I'll have to remind then we met the day before. It's been a great advantage in life!
Jeremy Kimble
John Smith
John Smith Day ago
What you are about to say, I already know... 0- Any spy must be like a shinobi and IRL, shinobi always looked like the average Joe... You can spy better if no one notice you are there, and if you can blend and be part of the environment, the better spy you are... And certainly PEDOWood is never a good source of information, except for PEDOs. 1- Of course there no box, black man in disguise of an old lady!!! How stupid you think a spy can be??? Money and guns attract lots of attention, and attention is the enemy of a good spy. Also, Bourne is not a CIA, is an assassin, technically he never was part of the CIA, just an asset on the film! On the book he was CIA. 2- "Dyeing the hair, the perfect disguise" PEDOWood, TM. Then they use B&W Cameras for surveillance and your disguise is gone, they use a color blind asset and you arrested/trapped/dead... NEXT! 3- "Flamboyant acting" see number 0 4- See number 0 5- Mission Impossible is never stated to be CIA... Sorry I got bored...
Micasa Love
Micasa Love Day ago
Alias 100👍🏻👍🏻
dori s
dori s Day ago
what if shes in a disguise right now
Kitty Kat
Kitty Kat Day ago
this makes me want to watch alias now, she loved that clip XD
Sky Cambron
Sky Cambron Day ago
How does one become Chief of CIA? Like unlike the FBI there isn't school
myriah trotsenko
this woman is amazing. I have deep respect for her.
James Mara
James Mara Day ago
Total b/s
Virgo Rose
Virgo Rose Day ago
the movie clips interrupting her is really annoying
The Acoustic Christian
Imagine if this were your grandma...
daniel Day ago
"We found a way around that by inventing something that didn't exist." Yeah, we've definitely got to storm Area 51.
Hailey Marie
Hailey Marie 3 hours ago
daniel get prepared to naruto run
simzzoker123 Day ago
what! No metal gear solid cardboard box!?!? I know its a game, but there is a 5 hour movie in there somewhere.
Julia Schäfer
9:20 the way she said it gave me the giggles and the goosebumps at the same time wth
Meeshi Sense
Meeshi Sense Day ago
Just wow.
"Grand ma Gramd ma! Tell us again about the C I A and all your spy stuff! Please please please... come on... Please!" Imagine the kind of sh*t that kid would get @ school? Just my thoughts.. Anyway Thank you Mrs. Mendez for your time and efforts to make this video (along with the rest of the crew), this is one of my new favorites. :)
Elenwin Day ago
This lady looks so serious and powerful
Willard Hartley
Do burn notice
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