Spy Movies The Sept. 11 hearings have drawn more attention to spies and spying than Americans have heard since the Cold War. But most of what we think we know about secret agents involves complicated gadgetry and comes from movies. NPR's Scott Simon talks to New York Times entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell about the best spy movies and what makes espionage so intriguing on the big screen.
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The Sept. 11 hearings have drawn more attention to spies and spying than Americans have heard since the Cold War. But most of what we think we know about secret agents involves complicated gadgetry and comes from movies. NPR's Scott Simon talks to New York Times entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell about the best spy movies and what makes espionage so intriguing on the big screen.