James Bond, Daniel Craig

James Bond visits CIA as Daniel Craig learns international spycraft

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Jul 3, 2018

James Bond’s come stateside to pick up a few tricks from the spies of the U.S. In a program known as Reel vs. Real, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Public Affairs hosts TV and film figures who are involved with the subject of spycraft in order to educate the entertainment industry and the public at large about the realities of subterfuge.

This time, it was Daniel Craig’s turn. Take a look:

James Bond CIA

Source: CIA

These visits, according to the CIA’s blog post on the subject, take place because “the CIA works, where appropriate, with the film industry to combat misrepresentations and assist in balanced and accurate portrayals” of the agency. In order to humanize real-life spies, they must dispel illusions created by fictional ones.

So Craig stopped by for a full debriefing on how most intelligence agents aren’t drinking or seducing on the job, and that “real life espionage is a lot more ‘cloak’ and a lot less ‘dagger’ than presented in the entertainment world.” So they tell us.

The interdepartmental bureaucracy was also a subject of discussion, showing that teamwork often trumps the efforts of godlike superagents. Does this mean Bond will be linking up with the Americans in Bond 25? Or that the actor simply needed to brush up on his real-world influences for the character?

The series has also featured panel discussions with actors on FX's The Americans.