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


  1. Danae Goliath

    Danae Goliath

    4 phút trước

    Um, lady disguised herself as a Shepherdess to disguise her prosthetic leg and she was lethal?! I need to know more, that could be a whole movie.

  2. Ms. Chin BK

    Ms. Chin BK

    13 phút trước

    I'm good at sweet talking and distracting and that isn't even my intention lol

  3. Dennis Bruinink

    Dennis Bruinink

    14 phút trước

    Can ya'll please stop going nuts with the editing... its hella annoying :(

  4. ohem


    22 phút trước

    “The Russians called it “swallows” “ OMG lol They truly went above and beyond, but then again if you get fooled and get your things stolen at least... “swallows” 😆😂

  5. Robert P

    Robert P

    22 phút trước

    She would be awesome on JRE.

  6. Gio Herrera

    Gio Herrera

    23 phút trước

    This was truly entertaining.

  7. shadfurman


    38 phút trước

    The CIA does have media operatives, it's not hard to fact check. You could argue the media has CIA operatives, legitamite perspective I suppose, but they seem to have more than they need so I think it's the other way around. Fake passports are cheap, compared to a government agency budget. Of course I don't know if they pass muster, I don't plan on every trying to use one, but I have looked at the price and it's affordable for an individual so I'm sure that's not the issue, maybe its the backend information that is the issue.

  8. crx5555


    51 phút trước

    Cool video

  9. imogenbegins


    Giờ trước

    Giving so much away.

  10. Bálint Polgár

    Bálint Polgár

    Giờ trước

    I'm disappointed that they didn't rate the greatest disguise in cinematic history: Baseball caps in the MCU.

  11. Kaela List

    Kaela List

    Giờ trước

    So casual like "that's Ben Affleck playing my husband"

  12. hollow


    Giờ trước

    i just wanna plaaaay this gaame ugh

  13. nightw4tchman


    Giờ trước

    25:07 "I would tell you we don't" with a nervous laugh. Hmmm

  14. Poppy Meadowsmc

    Poppy Meadowsmc

    Giờ trước

    loved her but i dont think she got why some of the disguises were happening

  15. OneofInfinity


    2 giờ trước

    Busted! European but I don't use my thumb 😆

  16. Muse


    2 giờ trước

    I would have made a great CIA agent. I should have just accepted the NAVY invite. Dammit. She is so cool too. Man she must be the best grandma. “So let me tell you about the time your grandpa went to iran and rescued a guy.”

  17. Bjoerninger


    2 giờ trước

    lol @ banned covers. sure, bc you "follow rules", right :P we totaly bought that

  18. HitLie .SunxBlaze

    HitLie .SunxBlaze

    2 giờ trước

    problem is its her job to lie what is bad is good and what is good she will say its bad.

  19. Stimub Lu

    Stimub Lu

    2 giờ trước

    What about Berlin Station. The trade traft in that show seemed realistic.

  20. Andreas Magnussen Griis

    Andreas Magnussen Griis

    2 giờ trước

    everyone complains about the editing and cutting, but love the content... Anyone considered CIA did that last editing?

  21. Rouzmary


    2 giờ trước

    YES! I knew ALIAS is awesome! No wonder I love the tv series! The most famous disguise scene is rated correct by a professional ;D

  22. Evert de Jongh

    Evert de Jongh

    2 giờ trước

    Great video and insight, but the cuts to the scene (interrupting her) are very jarring. There doesn't have to be a funny, sort of relevant clip every 5 seconds

  23. PalmurcioWorld


    2 giờ trước

    She looks like she could easily kill you with a pen

  24. Hotspur21


    3 giờ trước

    As if Garner or Fox wouldn't stick out in any crowd.

  25. Ana Fonseca

    Ana Fonseca

    3 giờ trước

    I'm a actually European and I don't count to three as she said it is normal. Nor do my friends or family. We count to three exactly as Michael Fassbender did.. Weird.

  26. Nat King Kong

    Nat King Kong

    3 giờ trước

    Alrighty... the editing (characters replying to the speaker) would have been funny one time... but to have every scene interrupt her was just too much. And I'm sure it took a while to find all the reactions too! Good idea- just milked it too much. I'm sorry haha

  27. eamon butler

    eamon butler

    3 giờ trước

    I want to know if a real spy has ever had to interact with someone while in disguise and also as themself (or another disguise)

  28. Alessio Balsamo

    Alessio Balsamo

    3 giờ trước

    Do we believe anything she said?... 🤔

  29. MarilynMonroe82


    3 giờ trước

    This is a great lady, Wow. ! 😊🙏💓

  30. Shaun Brehm

    Shaun Brehm

    4 giờ trước

    @17:00 Superman has unspoken psychic powers.

  31. Max Byrd

    Max Byrd

    4 giờ trước

    Almost 30 minutes of a CIA agents describing all of the illegal things they do😂

  32. spiderpond


    4 giờ trước

    Sooooo much disinformation lol

  33. HardWarUK


    4 giờ trước

    Alias - the most accurate - who would have thought?!

  34. Gonietube NYC

    Gonietube NYC

    5 giờ trước

    they are protected by people like me and heros like Tanto etc !!! I’ve been over seas and a lot of them I had met were arrogant college people that think they no everything when they no nothing especially about combat and threat assessment there no where near as professional as special operations and special forces etc

  35. kajosajo


    6 giờ trước

    There is a spy/ agent seductress who has got recognised for financing a foundation known for anti-government protests in Poland, and as I have heard in other countries too. She is a chairwoman of Open Dialog Foundation , Ludmila Kozlowska(russian/ukrainian) . The Polish Ministry of Interior wrote Kozlowska to the Schengen Information System, where she was marked with the highest alert. This means that she can not enter Poland and the EU. But apparently she travels freely in EU having special visa and playing innocent

  36. Dark One

    Dark One

    6 giờ trước

    Everyone knows priest are spies !

  37. MetehanTV


    7 giờ trước

    She looks exactly like how I imagined the chief of disguise at the Cia

  38. You're Sweet

    You're Sweet

    7 giờ trước

    I wish she was my grandma, she could pull some strings to get me into the CIA 😉

  39. Zeugirdor Rodriguez

    Zeugirdor Rodriguez

    7 giờ trước

    I want her to do a whole video on just ALIAS commentary tbh

  40. Zeugirdor Rodriguez

    Zeugirdor Rodriguez

    7 giờ trước

    Of course Sydney Bristow was SLAYING

  41. Stefan Finke

    Stefan Finke

    8 giờ trước

    It's pure fun to watch this. Thanks :-)

  42. Kenz Rae

    Kenz Rae

    9 giờ trước

    My question is how do you go about obtaining that job title? You can’t just apply online!

  43. CanadianLoki76


    9 giờ trước

    CIA not using Media? I call your bluff.. "Operation Mockingbird" was CIA using Magazines as fronts and even journalists recruited etc. A whole Wiki page about it even. Media is super effective. Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth. Just look at how people believe everything media tells them.

  44. Ananda Roy

    Ananda Roy

    9 giờ trước

    Dear CIA, please dont come looking for me. I'm just reading all the comments bcos they're fun to read.

  45. John Smith

    John Smith

    9 giờ trước

    "we dont" yeeeaaaaa suuuurreeeee i believe you

  46. Ada Ven

    Ada Ven

    9 giờ trước

    I just learned so much



    9 giờ trước

    it would be interesting to see her review on the series "Burn Notice"

  48. Kevin Moua

    Kevin Moua

    10 giờ trước

    Real drifter critiques drift scenes please

  49. Joe McCaffery

    Joe McCaffery

    10 giờ trước

    Scumbag !!!!!,, so did you supply the fake 911 passports to Brennan then ????

  50. Maureen Jacobs

    Maureen Jacobs

    10 giờ trước

    Would have been neat if she pulled off her “disguise” at the end. (Had she has one)

  51. Christian Benavente

    Christian Benavente

    11 giờ trước

    So shes basically saying that mission impossible spies do exist, im shook

  52. Mr. NPC

    Mr. NPC

    11 giờ trước


  53. Michael Johnson

    Michael Johnson

    12 giờ trước

    Lol. Except Mrs. C.I.A...Austin Powers was M-I 5 =D

  54. HindsightPOV


    12 giờ trước

    This lady is a lot of fun. 😄

  55. Vexiarla


    12 giờ trước

    YAAAS love that she thought the Alias scene was so good, it's one of my favourite series and Jennifer Garner is one of my favourite actresses

  56. Brandon Palmer

    Brandon Palmer

    13 giờ trước

    A comment for Jonna Mendez, I love the incites into the spy world, and am curious if you've checked out an anime called "Joker Game." I would like to know what you think of the spy craft in this series. Great video I hope to see more.

  57. Kaalyn Daughrity

    Kaalyn Daughrity

    13 giờ trước

    should've reacted to white chicks

  58. Erin Butler

    Erin Butler

    13 giờ trước

    An additional note (and movie trick) about the Superman clip: his hair is parted to the left as Clark (meaning the part is on the right and hair is pulled to the left); but it's to the right part on the left, hair pulled to the right) as Superman. This is a recurring trait for heroes and heroic characters (to the right) and ineffectual or weaker characters (to the left). That one little thing helps change the audience perception of the men in their film. Watch for it!

  59. Hailey Bradshaw

    Hailey Bradshaw

    13 giờ trước

    I could listen to her for hours! She needs her own TV show or weekly special.

  60. abbie woodford

    abbie woodford

    13 giờ trước

    I would legit watch her for 24 hours telling spy stories i need that she is sooo badasss 😍😍😍😍

  61. Magna Carta Sam Adam's

    Magna Carta Sam Adam's

    13 giờ trước

    The simple fact that she said that they don't use priests or media because they're vulnerable is the main reason why they actually do!!! Also is a proven fact that made pen guns And the most dangerous spy is a hypnotist You would not believe what they could do

  62. D Cheema

    D Cheema

    14 giờ trước

    I don't even trust myself if I don't have a tipple.

  63. Glyn Taylor

    Glyn Taylor

    14 giờ trước

    Yeeeeesss Alias top marks 😍

  64. Jeff Thomas

    Jeff Thomas

    14 giờ trước

    100 % BS! Peace Corp, News Media, Clerics. All involved with the CIA.

    • Einomar


      5 giờ trước

      Sure Mr conspiracy theory, just grow up!

  65. Connor Davis

    Connor Davis

    14 giờ trước

    Me: there's no way that lady was chief of disguise she looks so normal Also me : OHHHHH $&@$

  66. Rafael Okamura

    Rafael Okamura

    14 giờ trước

    She's dead now, he knows much. Naturally she die.

  67. ryan Jones

    ryan Jones

    15 giờ trước

    Excellent video 👍

  68. Brooke Hollister

    Brooke Hollister

    15 giờ trước

    this lady has lived a life. give us her own show!

  69. K T

    K T

    15 giờ trước

    I wonder how Jonna got this job. Did she go to school for theater? Very interesting video.

  70. Reprehensible Meshuggah

    Reprehensible Meshuggah

    16 giờ trước

    CIA doesn’t use the media. LOL. CIA lies

  71. Muzaffer Ozen

    Muzaffer Ozen

    16 giờ trước

    Can we just take a moment for the Agent at 15:56

  72. Socialist Spy kid

    Socialist Spy kid

    17 giờ trước

    Previous guests were nice people but this one is a cop!

  73. Rym Lebsira

    Rym Lebsira

    17 giờ trước

    qstn: why should we believe any what this sweet lady is saying?

  74. Rym Lebsira

    Rym Lebsira

    17 giờ trước

    this lady just made of me an even prouder forever ALIAS fan

  75. BenAhmed67


    17 giờ trước

    Three names...interesting

  76. abirdkilledmeh


    17 giờ trước

    These videos are soooo good

  77. CIA ุ

    CIA ุ

    18 giờ trước

    Never would have thought she is former CIA, but I guess that‘s the point

  78. sarahwithstars


    18 giờ trước

    You have a nose for noses It is a baumbe A bumb A baumbe? Thank you Clueso 🤭

    • sarahwithstars


      17 giờ trước

      What a perfect fit, she strikes me as a passable. Faith The American CIA would not be the ones with any loyalty to the integrity of the pen, would they!! 😜

  79. Ace Hand

    Ace Hand

    18 giờ trước

    Who came up with the Polka Dot Dress disguise? Really clever that one...

  80. Angel _

    Angel _

    18 giờ trước

    Imagine being her child. LOL She's so very interesting.

  81. Michael Morgan Bain

    Michael Morgan Bain

    19 giờ trước

    Alias is basically the best depiction of being a spy

  82. Lan Anh Nguyễn

    Lan Anh Nguyễn

    19 giờ trước

    "It was the flower"

  83. ekstadropsen


    20 giờ trước

    It's so satisfying that Alias got her approval😁😁😁

  84. Tom Mannis

    Tom Mannis

    20 giờ trước

    Jonna Mendez is very cool, baby, yah.

  85. jennition


    20 giờ trước

    "In Europe, when counting, you start with your thumb" We don't. Or if we do then it's different part of Europe. Too many countries and cultures to simplify into an error in counting with fingers. If it's a German thing then call it German, instead of the super vague 'European'.

  86. Sui Generis

    Sui Generis

    21 giờ trước

    Charlie’s Angels ?

  87. Angel Drouet

    Angel Drouet

    21 giờ trước

    20:01 Lemme tell why he wasn't able to blend in with the curtain. . . The curtain and his suit were *NOT* the same blue. They were, in fact, *DIFFERENT* shades.

  88. chvrrvism


    21 giờ trước

    there was really no need to have the characters in the movies respond to her after every sentence. it was annoying.

  89. Someone


    21 giờ trước

    How could you leave out John Malkovich in In the Line of Fire? Probably one of the most authentic disguises you could find on the big screen.

  90. kenneth kujala

    kenneth kujala

    21 giờ trước

    14:20 nope

  91. Kyle Tallmadge

    Kyle Tallmadge

    22 giờ trước

    did she the media is pure?

  92. clangerbasher


    22 giờ trước

    How do we know it's really you?

  93. tylerirl


    22 giờ trước

    whoa super interesting lol

  94. msmoorad123


    23 giờ trước

    shes LYING when she says they dont use religious, peace corps or media figures

  95. Whimsy Smith

    Whimsy Smith

    23 giờ trước

    Anybody else ever use 'quick change' in their real life? Share your story, and I'll share mine!

  96. TheJwwinter


    23 giờ trước

    Can we get her boss or seniors to check if she is passing those judgements correctly ?

  97. Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson

    23 giờ trước


  98. Josh Johnson

    Josh Johnson

    23 giờ trước

    Take off the mask lady

  99. John Doe

    John Doe

    23 giờ trước

    "We don't use media as disguises"... in the same video, references using filming crew as a cover story in argo. I guess they can't be fully truthful xD

    • Ollie B

      Ollie B

      21 giờ trước

      Media as in journalists, not as in film crew.

  100. Mouse Potato

    Mouse Potato

    Ngày trước

    But wasn't Megan Fox's character shoplifting too?

    • Ollie B

      Ollie B

      21 giờ trước

      Obviously, Megan's loot wasn't chipped - so no alarm went off.

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