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Eat, Drink And Be Wary: Ex-CIA Agent Reveals How Eateries Are Key To Spycraft


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Eat, Drink And Be Wary: Ex-CIA Agent Reveals How Eateries Are Key To Spycraft”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Actor Roger Moore, who played secret agent James Bond in the '70s and '80s, holds a martini. A new book written by a former CIA agent details how restaurants and cafés "are in many ways the lifeblood of espionage." AP hide caption

Actor Roger Moore, who played secret agent James Bond in the '70s and '80s, holds a martini. A new book written by a former CIA agent details how restaurants and cafés "are in many ways the lifeblood of espionage."

In Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, the taciturn MI6 lothario with the cold eyes and cruel mouth who would go on to become the world's most famous spy muses that the restaurant is a key piece in the mise-en-scène of seduction.

This observation is borne out by the lavish caviar-and-champagne dinners in this epicurean thriller that unfolds amidst baccarat tables, bomb explosions and bitingly cold vodkas in a modish seaside town of France.

But what also becomes crystal clear is that the restaurant is a key piece in the mise-en-scène of another equally subtle and unforgiving game: spycraft.

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