Monday, 22 February 2010

Low-tech spy tricks

It's funny, but what seems to impress me most about some spy movies is when the hero has to do without the high-tech gadgets and gear. The only example that comes to mind is in Mission Impossible when Ethan Hunt breaks a light bulb and scatters the glass so he can hear someone approaching down the hall. I guess the reason it appeals to me is that these are things I could conceivably do. That other stuff, whether it's computer-controlled guns, acrobatics or uncanny masks is entertaining but unbelievable too.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - It's as if you find out how good a spy they really are when you take away their gadgets.
PPS - Maybe that's why Casino Royale impressed me, too.


littlemissrandom said...

What about MacGyver?

I know he's not a spy, technically, but he sure did some cool stuff with string and chewing gum.

John said...

I would definitely cound MacGyver in with this group. He was all about creatively using whatever's at hand to solve problems. He didn't need to come in with a hydraulic winch or jet-propelled grappling hook ready to go. If he needed it, he'd make it, and if he couldn't make it, he'd do something else.