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




  • She could technically say that her husband is Ben Affleck lol

    Kimberly SichlerKimberly Sichler38 dakika önce
  • This is so interesting!! I feel worried for her though, like I feel like she can’t be saying this stuff!!

    MaddieMaddieSaatler önce
  • I am still waiting for the moment when miss Mendez removes her face mask and reveals she is actually a 9 year old schoolboy

    SchmedgaSchmedgaSaatler önce
  • 14:36 As a Spaniard, very much a European, we do count like that. Also important to note that there were Spanish soldiers serving in the German Army.

    Alejandro LagunaAlejandro Laguna2 saatler önce
  • "Ben Affleck is playing my husband". Possibly the coolest line ever spoken so casually. I could listen to her for hours xx

    Alyson ShorthouseAlyson Shorthouse2 saatler önce
  • Im European, Danish, and i count on my fingers like he does... index-1, middle-2 ring-3 pinky-4 and thumb-5

    Christina KroghChristina Krogh3 saatler önce
  • And that's why your stupid you should have bean looking for the tell sign back of neck responder

    Jeremy CalnanJeremy Calnan3 saatler önce
  • 16:53 its not only the glasses that are the disguise, Kal El has also the hair changed a bit. And as Clark Kent, he is the nerdy clumsy guy. She failed to see that

    kramlerkramler3 saatler önce
    • still the same physique and appearance.

      Marco DoeMarco DoeSaatler önce
  • And then she put on a 187 T shirt and how much does that cost to bring on set for a little shycop.

    Jeremy CalnanJeremy Calnan3 saatler önce
  • Wow

    XOXO6 saatler önce
  • This woman could slit my throat and my very last words would be to thank her for the privilege.

    tiacat11tiacat116 saatler önce
  • You know how she isn’t disguised, she wouldn’t talk about her husband, but f she did then it would rather be a guy under disguise or some made up person that the cia found a way too put in the real world.

    Thiccest SisThiccest Sis7 saatler önce

    Yanasoo SibarahYanasoo Sibarah7 saatler önce
  • I think it's hillarious, how she seriously comments on the ridiculous scenes.

    ElMariachiElMariachi8 saatler önce
  • lol i had no idea that the "my name is jeb" was a movie lol

    Leon StrandLeon Strand10 saatler önce
  • This lady probably has some really cool stories I'd like to sit down and listen to.

    Henryk GödelHenryk Gödel11 saatler önce
  • "My name is Jeff."

    ChosenOne21 :DChosenOne21 :D11 saatler önce
  • I'm portuguese and start counting with my index finger... I can't even imagine starting with your thumb what XD

    Geazaki CosplayGeazaki Cosplay12 saatler önce
  • yo she is so badass. this is so interesting

    Vlad MestecaneanVlad Mestecanean12 saatler önce
  • I don't think the movie needs to add in its comments lol

    El BeEl Be12 saatler önce
  • She is a liar

    WTFWTF13 saatler önce
  • She lied when she said they don’t use media cover for spies. She has tells.

    JulesJules14 saatler önce
  • Wheres a long kiss goodnight

    Clifftonic StudiosClifftonic Studios14 saatler önce
  • A whole video about disguise, yet no analysis of Mrs Doubtfire?

    uh xuh x14 saatler önce
  • Like shes going to tell us

    Clifftonic StudiosClifftonic Studios14 saatler önce
  • So glad someone finally addressed Superman - world's shittiest disguise ever lol

    futasupastahfutasupastah14 saatler önce
  • That was fascinating! She's one tough cookie, too.

    diane9247diane924714 saatler önce
  • when it comes to art of seduction russian women are good at it. they even have special classes where they go and learn how to deepthroat. come on... all of their life they are raised to seduce, and find the best suitors. of course not all, but a lot of them.

    desertrose88desertrose8814 saatler önce
  • This video makes me want to be a spy. I said it. Now don't mind me while I slip into a new identity and blend into the crowd.

    AS00400349AS0040034915 saatler önce

    anil rehmatullahanil rehmatullah15 saatler önce
  • Does anyone buy that the CIA would never impersonate a journalist? Lmao. I don't think there's a single media giant in the US without CIA assets on staff.

    d4n4nabled4n4nable17 saatler önce
  • not a spy film but... clark kent vs superman?

    Amy LAmy L17 saatler önce
  • 4:42 weak points of CIA. Making a note...

    Tomek S.Tomek S.18 saatler önce
  • I'm surprised Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs didn't come up. He had the whole cover story and the practiced anecdote and everything.

    Christopher HopkinsChristopher Hopkins18 saatler önce
  • I never saw 24, so my first reaction at 8:45 was "Lassie?".

    Andrew P VelascoAndrew P Velasco18 saatler önce
  • I hope she meant in when she said they didn't impersonate priests, media, and the peace corps. This is a fascinating watch!

    G KG K19 saatler önce
  • There wasn't a lot of under cover stuff in it but I'd love to get her opinion on Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, or flushing a mole out in general.

    kabbara4kabbara419 saatler önce
  • OooOoOOooh so if the spy only has two names, it's his _real_ name!!11

    kebmankebman21 saatler önce
  • I was hoping that they was going to do Face Off

    ninapop821ninapop82122 saatler önce
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    jack lijack li22 saatler önce
  • Shes a bad liar! Anderson Cooper on CNN is former CIA. Smh...

    OceanArk7 7OceanArk7 723 saatler önce
  • Can she tell me why former prime minister of the UK John Major's father is actually Abraham Thomas Ball? So one would assume that John Major (not his real name) is just an actor in disguise!

    Sam SamoaSam SamoaGün önce
  • "priests don't have any structure to protect them, they're too vulnerable" - Oh I think priests do just fine for structures to protect them...

    Gav PowellGav PowellGün önce
  • When she explains that the mission impossible masks are possible to use it made me wonder if she was using one the entire time she was commentating to us.

    Shinken7Shinken7Gün önce
  • why the clips mis synced with her talking and freezing?

    Optic500Optic500Gün önce
  • I have a natural ability to blend in & be a "little grey man." It's always astounded me how much people don't recognize me with simple changes of my appearance. A pair of glasses or a change in facial hair literally turns me into a different person. I can meet someone one day, not shave & run into the the very next day & I'll have to remind then we met the day before. It's been a great advantage in life!

    Daily LlamaDaily LlamaGün önce
  • Her: oh those are funny stories! Me: BRUHHHHHUH TELL MEEEEEEEEE!!!! PLLLLEEAAAAASSSSSEEE

    Jeremy KimbleJeremy KimbleGün önce
  • What you are about to say, I already know... 0- Any spy must be like a shinobi and IRL, shinobi always looked like the average Joe... You can spy better if no one notice you are there, and if you can blend and be part of the environment, the better spy you are... And certainly PEDOWood is never a good source of information, except for PEDOs. 1- Of course there no box, black man in disguise of an old lady!!! How stupid you think a spy can be??? Money and guns attract lots of attention, and attention is the enemy of a good spy. Also, Bourne is not a CIA, is an assassin, technically he never was part of the CIA, just an asset on the film! On the book he was CIA. 2- "Dyeing the hair, the perfect disguise" PEDOWood, TM. Then they use B&W Cameras for surveillance and your disguise is gone, they use a color blind asset and you arrested/trapped/dead... NEXT! 3- "Flamboyant acting" see number 0 4- See number 0 5- Mission Impossible is never stated to be CIA... Sorry I got bored...

    John SmithJohn SmithGün önce
  • Alias 100👍🏻👍🏻

    Micasa LoveMicasa LoveGün önce
  • what if shes in a disguise right now

    dori sdori sGün önce
  • this makes me want to watch alias now, she loved that clip XD

    Kitty KatKitty KatGün önce
  • How does one become Chief of CIA? Like unlike the FBI there isn't school

    Sky CambronSky CambronGün önce
  • this woman is amazing. I have deep respect for her.

    myriah trotsenkomyriah trotsenkoGün önce
  • Total b/s

    James MaraJames MaraGün önce
  • the movie clips interrupting her is really annoying

    Virgo RoseVirgo RoseGün önce
  • Imagine if this were your grandma...

    The Acoustic ChristianThe Acoustic ChristianGün önce
  • "We found a way around that by inventing something that didn't exist." Yeah, we've definitely got to storm Area 51.

    danieldanielGün önce
    • Their bullets will never reach us with our ninja running skills

      Alex GreyAlex Grey5 saatler önce
    • daniel get prepared to naruto run

      Hailey MarieHailey Marie11 saatler önce
  • what! No metal gear solid cardboard box!?!? I know its a game, but there is a 5 hour movie in there somewhere.

    simzzoker123simzzoker123Gün önce
  • 9:20 the way she said it gave me the giggles and the goosebumps at the same time wth

    Julia SchäferJulia SchäferGün önce
  • Just wow.

    Meeshi SenseMeeshi SenseGün önce
  • "Grand ma Gramd ma! Tell us again about the C I A and all your spy stuff! Please please please... come on... Please!" Imagine the kind of sh*t that kid would get @ school? Just my thoughts.. Anyway Thank you Mrs. Mendez for your time and efforts to make this video (along with the rest of the crew), this is one of my new favorites. :)

    originalscottfreeoriginalscottfreeGün önce
  • This lady looks so serious and powerful

    ElenwinElenwinGün önce
  • Do burn notice

    Willard HartleyWillard HartleyGün önce
  • Great guest to listen to. Would have been greater without that editing.

    Seila ThamesSeila ThamesGün önce
  • oh man now I want to re-watch Alias for the fourth time.... that show is just too good

    sophieramischwilisophieramischwiliGün önce
  • Wired needs to find a better editor

    GodZullaFCGodZullaFCGün önce
  • Lol ya the CIA DOESNT have people in the media ha ya right

    Billy FeralBilly FeralGün önce
  • 2:19 she says that a loud outrageous disguise can distract others but at 16:46 says that attracting attention is never what you want...

    II2 gün önce
  • Good to see some love for the John Woo MI

    II2 gün önce
  • Whoever edited this should go back to McDonald’s.

    Beau CarneyBeau Carney2 gün önce
Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED