Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED

Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are.

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  • Her saying that one of that agents asked to write a confession and bit down on the pen. The Nameless Legend we will never get to honor.

    MaceMace17 นาทีที่ผ่านมา
  • Everyone who works for the CIA should be hung by the neck and shot

    xvxhxndndn ahdbxvxhxndndn ahdb23 นาทีที่ผ่านมา
  • haha. "let's take a look at... Teenage Mutant.. Ninja. Turtles..." Sounded like she wasn't expecting those words to ever leave her mouth...

    Matthias AMatthias A32 นาทีที่ผ่านมา
  • I wonna know the history behinde THE CIA trying LSD on people

    Mathias AndersenMathias Andersenชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The CIA doesn't use religion, media or the peace corps because they need to remain pure. Why do I find this hard to believe?

    el scientificoel scientificoชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา

    P VP Vชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Baby Driver's audio design and execution was outstanding, shame about the actual plot and storytelling!! great video, really interesting guest too

    Mr ElkatookMr Elkatook2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm a former paramedic and my wife gets mad at me when I point out all the errors I see on TV shows and movies. You guys should consider doing an EMS one.

    EmeraldJEM710EmeraldJEM7103 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I'd LOVE to get her drunk and have her tell some of these stories that she didn't get in depth about.

    hemmojitohemmojito3 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Her mentioning James Comey 😂

    khuang96khuang963 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Props to the editor(s)!!

    khuang96khuang963 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • "priests have no structure to protect them." Um, really?

    M. MiloM. Milo4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • She's got a lot of Explaining to do to Jesse Ventura

    Mr MEMéMr MEMé6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Great. Now my techniques have been perfected ;)

    Good.EnergiiGood.Energii6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • DC comics actually give us an explanation about Superman's disquise. They said that Superman has full control over his musles and when he puts on his glasses he changes his full appearance. And that in the movies he doesn't change for the viewer's sake.

    Gregory GrigoriadisGregory Grigoriadis6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • lovely eyes...

    fryky01fryky018 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Amber Valentine

    JFJF9 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Alias was spot on. Partly because of how amazing Jennifer garner is.

    Genti BahjaGenti Bahja10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I like this woman.

    Simona IvancicSimona Ivancic10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • "You might want to ask me if the CIA has a school... and I would tell you we don't." Yeah, you would "tell" me that.

    Mark CMark C11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I love how badass this woman is, but it pains me to admit that i couldn't get past how much she looks like she could be Trump's mom.

    Chase BaileyChase Bailey11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The most amazing thing about this video is, that there is actually a title that is called "Chieve Of Disguise". How cool is that?!?

    MamonoMamono11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I need more videos with this genius woman

    Jessica LemkeJessica Lemke12 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • "three covers that is off limits for the CIA, religious firugre, media figure and peace corps" So, if you ever look for a cia agent, like for a religious figure, media figure or peace corps.... start with anderson cooper

    iTheistiTheist12 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Why tf did I watch the whole thing it’s took 30 mins

    John Niel Wenzel TerradoJohn Niel Wenzel Terrado13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • She is the woman version of Trump

    KingKing13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I was hoping she would take a look at the scene in Captain America Winter Soldier when Steve and Natasha avoid Hydra agents.

    IkajoIkajo13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Christopher Reeve's portrayal of Clark Kent and Superman was about more than the glasses though. As Clark he changed his whole posture, slumping his shoulder etc. You can see him transform as he takes off the glasses -

    da5idnzda5idnz13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 2:30 the most white laugh I've ever seen

    KuntaKunta13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I thought there will be "Bridge of Spies" but i guess i'm wrong

    Izzan A. Fu'adIzzan A. Fu'ad14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • She's denying the CIA uses the media as a cover? It's well documented that the CIA does in fact do just that. Who does she think she's kidding? What idiot editor at Wired let it pass?

    Stanley RogouskiStanley Rogouski14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • My name I njeff

    Zygy __Zygy __14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • She is so cool....where is her other video ?

    MeowfieMusicMeowfieMusic15 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • You have to be a complete moron not to be able to tell if someone is wearing a full face mask or not, eye and mouth openings will always be the dead giveaway.

    Turco949Turco94916 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • she needs her own show

    MFLevelMFLevel16 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I could watch this woman tell CIA stories all day. She is such an interesting person!

    Sonic HorizonSonic Horizon16 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • All of it fascinating truly glad their on our side

    Johnny Ray VibeJohnny Ray Vibe17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I loved this video. Jonna Mendez is just so smart.

    PlanetRockJesusPlanetRockJesus17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Argo scene: her: "Oh that's my husband." Me: "Okay wtf!?"

    Jordan EilbertJordan Eilbert17 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • This... Kinda makes me wanna be a Spy aha

    DoukzDoukz18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • She is amazing.

    Marty KaneMarty Kane18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I want to be this woman when I grow up

  • Note this is full of lies.

    Jimmy JohnstonJimmy Johnston18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • "We don't use media as cover" .... "They are too vulnerable" ..... uh huh.. suree

    R CR C19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m surprised that Burn Notice or Leverage are not on this video.

    Laura SchluttLaura Schlutt19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I read this as Former CIA (Culinary Institute of America) Chef... lol

    Anthony CAnthony C19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I know for a fact that there are CIA agents implanted in the media.

    Justin HenryJustin Henry20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I thought it was funny that Richie Cunningham went right over her head. I didn't like her response to the Veronica Mars one though. Veronica wasn't investigating anybody that would be at a black tie event, she was investigating frat boys who date raped girls. The info she gave was still interesting, it just should have been paired with a different clip.

    andrewthezeppoandrewthezeppo20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Fassbender as JAMES BOND!!!!

    Miss MorenaMiss Morena20 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I was waiting for the the winter soldier

    Romina HervasRomina Hervas21 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Would love to pick her brain for info.

    SavvySteakSavvySteak22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • She's a really good presenter for video too.. I'd happily watch more of her telling stories

  • Hmmm, has spying got a lot harder with the advent of their secrets being turned loose in the last few decades?

    Mary DidYouKnowMary DidYouKnow23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • We don't do media. Five minutes later. We did Argo.

    John KotarskyJohn Kotarsky23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Well isn't she just delightful.

    Nate PowersNate Powers23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • its a Russian technique how would you know

    alyn jonesalyn jonesวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm taking notes ....

    Bödhi ZaphaBödhi Zaphaวันที่ผ่านมา
  • We're in a world where a critique of the second modern TMNT is more realistic than Baby Driver

    Strife Lee SimpsonStrife Lee Simpsonวันที่ผ่านมา
  • why must e always tell everything :) just saying

    Hellene EppersonHellene Eppersonวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I am glad she complimented Jennifer Garner. Just watched Alias a month ago,the series was awesome

    DauNamXauXi John McCaulaughDauNamXauXi John McCaulaughวันที่ผ่านมา
  • With Clark Kent/Superman, he didn't ONLY wear glasses to disguise himself. If you notice he raises the pitch of his voice, makes himself stutter to change his way of speaking, slouches and fidgets nervously, changes his hair style, and wears very plain and dull looking clothing while he is Clark Kent. He then straightens himself, flips his hair (as well as curling the front of it), speaks in a lower voice, acts more confident, and dresses in bold colours as Superman. It makes Clark very unassuming and not someone to remember, while Superman is flashy and hard to miss. You will also notice that he slouches enough as Clark that he actually appears a significant number of inches shorter than he does as Superman. So it was NOT only the glasses, which did break up the lines of his face and made him harder to recognize, but wouldn't have worked if it was the ONLY thing he used.

    Carline MoonCarline Moonวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I don't about you but when she says there is no red sparrow school or classes in the U.S i don't believe her for a second. I mean the woman was paid to lie for christ sake lol

    Genevieve RenaudGenevieve Renaudวันที่ผ่านมา
    • She didn't say that the US doesn't have such a school, she says that if asked she would say that it doesn't. That is completely true and at the same time completely uninformative.

      Faron CobbFaron Cobb18 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The true hero of disguise here has to be the Peace Corps. I had never ever heard of it before.

    Ralf KleemannRalf Kleemannวันที่ผ่านมา
  • The superman thing is always a bit silly, but I love the way Christopher Reeves sells the transition. Its more than just the glasses.

    Brian HaberBrian Haberวันที่ผ่านมา
  • While I agree on the idea of "just glasses" as being a terrible disguise, I do have to object to the use of a Reeves/Superman clip for it. Reeves also found the idea implausible, so he actually went to additional lengths to make differences between Clark and Superman. As Clark, his entire posture changed: he slumped and slouched to the point of actually losing a few inches in height. I can't remember all of the details (he mentioned them in an interview), but you can actually watch the shift in the second movie, when he admits his identity to Lois. His back is to the camera, but as he starts, he's still "Clark" - his shoulders are curved inward, his posture one of meekness. Then there is a bit of a physical sigh, and his entire posture shifts. He straightens, his shoulders roll back into a settled, confident manner, and when he turns to face the camera, the tense, mousy expression Reeves was so good at putting on vanishes, and "Clark" is gone, Superman standing in his place. With other actors, it's just been the glasses, but Reeves did the entire body.

    Mitzi BartlettMitzi Bartlettวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Am i not European as i count starting with my index finger.... i’m now having an identity crisis! (Born in the UK)

  • She should have looked at The Jackal with Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

  • He's a British soldier. Britain is in Europe (ok, perhaps not the EU). Europeans therefore don't all count the same way

    Mike PemboMike Pemboวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Russian are fab in what they do and how they do it!

  • Oh my gosh stop the lame, cut-in, editing. I would have watched it through if it wasn't edited like this.

    Dan McGuireDan McGuireวันที่ผ่านมา
Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED