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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 12: Professionally Sneaking
S03E12: The spy gadgets of WWII and a married couple–Jonna and Antonio Mendez–who were very real masters of disguise.
Spy craft meets spy crafts with lipstick compasses, pencil daggers, and a truly ingenious use of foot powder.
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WWII Spy Gadgets:
- The Real Spies Who Inspired James Bond Are Far More Fascinating Than the Big Screen 007s: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a30533681/james-bond-true-story-real-life-inspiration-ian-fleming/
- Secret Agents, Secret Armies: Who Was the Real James Bond?: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/Ian-fleming-royal-naval-intelligence-department
- These real spy gadgets are as incredible as Bond’s: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/real-bond-spy-gadets
- Q-ship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q-ship
- Imperial War Museum: Secret War: What you need to know: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/secret-war-what-you-need-to-know
- More in Bones & Bobbins episode S02E09, Keep Your Filthy Paws Off Our Silky Parachutes: https://www.bonesandbobbins.com/2021/04/30/season-2-episode-09/
- RAT TRAP Collection of James Bond-style spy gadgets used in World War Two up for auction – including an exploding RAT: https://www.the-sun.com/news/1826440/james-bond-spy-gadgets-exploding-rat-auction/
- Buy These World War II Spy Gadgets But Don’t Tell Anyone: https://gizmodo.com/buy-these-world-war-ii-spy-gadgets-but-dont-tell-anyone-1792342809
- Crafty Gadgets and Famous Spies of WWII: https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/crafty-gadgets-tricks-famous-wwii-spies.html
- Bombs disguised as chocolate bars, exploding wine bottles and dynamite hidden in VEGETABLES: The ingenious gadgets used by both Allied and Nazi spies as they tried to outwit each other during WWII: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5771291/The-ingenious-gadgets-used-Allied-Nazi-spies-WWII.html
- Spy Gadgets of World War II: https://wargaming.com/en/news/spy_gadgets/
Masters of Spy Disguises: Joanna and Antonio Mendez:
- History.Com: Cold War Summary https://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/cold-war-history
- JFK Library https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/jfk-in-history/the-cold-war
- The Master of Disguise https://www.themasterofdisguise.com/
- OTS 50 Year Celebration Release: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0001225679.pdf
- History Network https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/172251
- True Spies Podcast: The Art of Disguise https://spyscape.com/podcast/the-art-of-disguise
- Northern Virginia Magazine article https://northernvirginiamag.com/culture/culture-features/2022/07/14/jonna-mendez-cia/
- Wired Video: Former CIA Operative Explains How Spies Use Disguises https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JASUsVY5YJ8
- Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes from Film & TV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUqeBMP8nEg
- Jonna Mendez’s TED Talk: “ The Life and Death Theatre of Espionage” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cza9uQiFbU4
- Another Jonna Mendez TED Talk: “Deception, Illusion, and Espionage- An Unlikely Recipe for Success”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MctMx-8lljU
- Spy Museum: Sisterhood of Spies: https://www.spymuseum.org/exhibition-experiences/sisterhood-of-spies/
- Commonwealth Q&A: Jonna Mendez Inside the CIA and the Moscow Rules https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctFITH6LZ04
- Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down Cold War Spy Gadgets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD841NmJbjM
- Meet the Real CIA Agent Behind Argo- Tony Mendez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUoP3-a17bM
- Secret Agent’s Handbook: The WWII Spy Manual of Devices, Disguises, Gadgets, and Concealed Weapons: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5981526-secret-agent-s-handbook