Today ultraviolet lamps are used during lackluster raves. But they have an impressive history: They were first regularly used during World War I to secretly monitor spies.
The James Bond movies and novels aren’t exactly short on weirdness—Bond’s villains tend to hatch crazy schemes that revolve around hypnotizing women to love chickens. But if you want real insanity, you have to reach beyond the movies and books.
In the clandestine world of spies and double agents, there are some constants: mysterious strangers, drop-off points, stolen secrets. But it’s not missile plans these spies are seeking.
Patrick Macnee, who just died, embodied the ultimate gentleman adventurer for millions of people. As John Steed in The Avengers, he proved that an old-school gent could be ready for anything—whether it be robot killing machines, or a tough, self-assured lady in a catsuit.
What you see here is indeed a butterfly. But it’s also so, so much more.
We love real-life spy stories. The gadgetry! The clandestine meetings! The coded messages! But thus far, most spy stories have glossed over the role of butterfly-collecting. That was a terrible mistake.
After season five's detour into Archer: Vice, the gang returned to good old spycraft in season six ... which wrapped up last night with the conclusion of the two-parter "Drastic Voyage." Including the heavy suggestion that season seven, slated for 2016, will take yet another new direction. Spoilers ahead!
Last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD was pretty fascinating, and not just because it revealed the origins of the current disagreement. We got another look at the huge turning point for SHIELD — and we saw what other people learned from it. What does SHIELD stand for, and what should it be after Hydra? Spoilers…
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, a.k.a. Tom Cruise's excuse to feel again, has released a big, bombastic trailer. And excuse me, but is that a GUN FLUTE?
This week's Archer is all about lust... with a bit of secret agent-y stuff thrown in, as well as a zillion tranquilizer darts, some unseemly Tunt family history, a very hungry plant, and some of this seasons' best rapid-fire one-liners. Spoilers follow!
Since io9 is looking at the spy genre, it would be remiss of me not to talk about one of the very best spy shows ever made, The Sandbaggers. It's unfortunate that it's not as well known as it should be, because it's also one of the most realistic spy shows ever made.
Americans were obsessed with spy culture during the Cold War. I mean, who didn't love James Bond? Communists, that's who. The gosh darn Communits. Spying seeped into every aspect of pop culture in the 1960s and 70s—from TV and movies to comic books and even board games.
You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner.
This weekend Kingsman, the movie director Matthew Vaughn left the "800 million dollar gorilla" Days of Future Past to make, hits theaters. And with it come back the glory days of actually fun spy movies — something Vaughn thinks is sorely lacking in today's culture.
Most of us can't help it: When we think about spies, we think about James Bond. And when we think about James Bond, we think about his gadgets. But real life spies use gadgets too—and there's no more amazing category of spy gadget than the camera.
Where do spies meet when they plan their secret missions? Often, they gather in buildings that look like giant fortresses that are anything but covert. Here are some of the most incredible spy palaces from around the world. At least — these are the ones we know about.
You may be familiar with the espionage efforts of female spies like Josephine Baker and Mata Hari, whose lives have been committed time and time again to film. But there are numerous female spies who — even if we don't agree with all their politics — led fascinating lives, ones that could fill entire movie franchises.
Truth time: Without the highly skilled tech and strategic teams he has behind him, James Bond would be just an overdressed field agent with an unnecessarily picky drink order. But, does that fictional string of geniuses reveal an important truth about how talent works?