Have you ever wondered how it feels to have various identities, different missions each day, and the ability to persuade people to leak their deepest secrets? Well, there is one job that defines all of those things: a spy agent.
Among the many intelligence agencies that exist in the world, there are two major intelligence agencies known for their mutual enmity: CIA and KGB. CIA, which stands for Central Intelligence Agency, is a government service of the United States. The agency is in charge of gathering information from around the world related to national security through human intelligence (HUMINT). Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti or Committee for State Security in English (KGB) was a secret force for the main security agency of the Soviet Union, which went defunct following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Both of them were known for their feud during the Cold War. Their rivalry was clearly shown by countless actions such as assassinations, proxy wars, and stealing each other’s secret information. Fun fact: Even though the CIA was found before KGB, spycraft wasn’t a new thing to the Soviet Union. In fact, the founders of KGB were masters of spycraft that helped the establishment of the Soviet Union.
Both CIA and KGB were excellent in their field. CIA was great in technology and ingenuity. On the other hand, KGB was a legendary spy agency with a reputation for employing ruthless agents, making them feared all around the world. It was said that Stalin knew even more about Soviet’s enemies’ military activities than they knew about Soviet Unions’ military activities
Bet you’re ‘wow’-ing while reading those explanations. If you want to know more about how CIA and KGB agents work, here are some movies that you can watch to fulfill your curiosity:
ANNA is an action thriller movie released in 2019, following the story of a Russian model named Anna. Behind her beauty and grace, she is an assassin who works for KGB. In the middle of her mission in France, she encounters a CIA agent. The movie is full of intrigue that will amaze you.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E (2015)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E is a 2015 action-comedy movie based on a television series of the same name. Set during the Cold War, the movie centers around a CIA agent, Solo, and a KGB agent, Kuryakin. Both of them are forced to put aside their opposition and work together to stop a criminal organization whose aim is to use nuclear weapons.
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Atomic Blonde focuses on neither CIA nor KGB, but a spy agent of MI6—the United Kingdom’s foreign intelligence service—Lorraine Broughton. This movie focuses on Broughton’s survival in an impossible mission to take down a ruthless espionage ring in Berlin and investigate the death of her partner. In the middle of her mission, she meets CIA and KGB agents who are aware of her arrival in Berlin. Atomic Blonde is said to be the female version of John Wick.
Red Sparrow (2018)
Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Russian ballerina named Dominika Egorova, Red Sparrow follows her journey in enrolling in a Russian intelligence agency. She is assigned to distract a CIA agent who wants to infiltrate into the Russian intelligence service.
Company Business (1991)
Company Business is a 90s spy comedy film that narrates the story of Sam Boyd, a resigned CIA. In the movie, the CIA calls him back and assigns him to accompany Pyotr Grushenko, a KGB mole, to go to Berlin to trade Grushenko with a prisoner.
Aside from those movies, there are a lot of movies about spies that you can find on the internet. Spy movies can satisfy our curiosity about how they work and how it feels to be them because admit it, we all have dreamed of being a secret agent or at least meet one. CIA and KGB are not the only agencies that exist, there are definitely many more that we haven’t covered. Watch out! People around you might be one of their agents.