Spies Like Us Podcast
Pine Gap (2018) Part One featuring Francis Hamit

Pine Gap (2018) Part One featuring Francis Hamit

April 8, 2021

2018 Australian 6-episode series which we HIGHLY recommend both for spy geeks and people that don’t care much about tradecraft but enjoy a solid human drama.  Watching these characters unwind and reveal their true characters under the duress of multiple intertwining espionage threats was a real treat for both of us.  ALSO!!!!  It is our first episode featuring a guest with actual expertise in the field, author and ex-intelligence officer Francis Hamit.  Really excited about this one.

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWvZEYVa9A0    

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‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix

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‘Enter the Party’ by Kevin MacLeod

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Brush Pass - Homeland

Brush Pass - Homeland

April 6, 2021

Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on Homeland.  The critically acclaimed Showtime original tv series wrapped its 8th and final (???) season last year.   We watched just a couple episodes of the first season and have some thoughts that might help you decide if you want to get on for the ride (if you haven't already).   

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyFmS3wRPCQ

Our next regular episode will be Pine Gap, a 6-episode series from Australia that we HIGHLY recommend, and work has begun on a deep dive into Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).  

Get Smart (2008) Part Two

Get Smart (2008) Part Two

April 1, 2021

Yammering Lew and Lon Lovett return in our continued discussion of the attempted reboot of the Get Smart IP in 2008.  We are still having fun with it.  “CAAAAAAAN!!!!”   

Next week we will start in on Pine Gap, an Australian miniseries which we think layers in a ton of valid tradecraft while also being highly approachable to people new to the genre.  Check it out!     

Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

‘Enter the Party’ by Kevin MacLeod

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100240

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Get Smart(2008) Part One

Get Smart(2008) Part One

March 25, 2021

We are getting goofy again with this one.  The Get Smart TV series capitalized on the Bond explosion of the 60’s with the first witty and parodic take on the spy genre, and 50 years later Warner Brothers decided to see if there was still gas in that tank.   Yammering Lew and Lon Lovett join us to discuss the 2008 version of Get Smart.  We have fun with it. 

Brush Pass - The Courier

Brush Pass - The Courier

March 22, 2021

Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on The Courier.  We went straight to the theater for this one and we recommend it highly for spy geeks!

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbR1A95Ll8Q

 

The next regular episodes will be our Get Smart (2008) treatment; we will have some fun with a spy comedy, and following that we are VERY EXCITED to have an actual military intelligence expert to help us break down Pine Gap.

Ronin (1998) Part Two

Ronin (1998) Part Two

March 18, 2021

Slick, tense thriller starring Robert DeNiro as a former CIA agent, hired on to a team of other mercenaries to retrieve a box from some very unfriendly people.  The contents of the box are unknown (and not important), as is the real identity of their employer (turns out to be very important). 

Next week will be Get Smart (2008).   

Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

‘Enter the Party’ by Kevin MacLeod

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100240

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Ronin (1998) Part One

Ronin (1998) Part One

March 11, 2021

Slick, tense thriller starring Robert DeNiro as a former CIA agent, hired on to a team of other mercenaries to retrieve a box from some very unfriendly people.  The contents of the box are unknown (and not important), as is the real identity of their employer (turns out to be very important).  

Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

‘Enter the Party’ by Kevin MacLeod

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100240

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Brush Pass - The Bureau

Brush Pass - The Bureau

March 7, 2021

Spy entertainment news and alerts, plus our quick takes on The Bureau.  This French television series began in 2015 and is ongoing.  Featured agency is the DGSE.  

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFsBFcu8cOs

 

The next regular episode will be Ronin (1998) and work has begun on our Get Smart (2008) episodes.  

The Battle of Algiers (1966) Part Two

The Battle of Algiers (1966) Part Two

March 4, 2021

One of the most influential movies we had never heard of, in terms of cinematic style and substance.  A stark portrayal of the brutality of terrorism and counterinsurgency tactics that is studied by intelligence agencies around the world even today. 

Next week will be Ronin (1998)

Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

‘Enter the Party’ by Kevin MacLeod

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100240

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

The Battle of Algiers (1966) Part One

The Battle of Algiers (1966) Part One

February 25, 2021

One of the most influential movies we had never heard of, in terms of cinematic style and substance.  A stark portrayal of the brutality of terrorism and counterinsurgency tactics that is studied by intelligence agencies around the world even today. 

Music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

‘Ice Cold’ by Audionautix

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

‘Enter the Party’ by Kevin MacLeod

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100240

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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