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Unrevealing Secrets of the Self-Important

You can have fun with the spy game, as happened when, in his 1959 film of the same name, Carol Reed added to the comedy of Graham Greene’s 1958 novel Our Man in Havana. The same happened less cleverly and more violently with the various James Bond films. As well there was the Get Smart television series and the 1999 film The Spy Who Shagged Me and many, many more. Then again, the spy game can be depicted as unendingly serious, as a thriller, as Joseph Conrad did in his 1907 novel The Secret Agent, which dealt with anarchists and…

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