Former CIA Chief of Disguise Breaks Down 30 Spy Scenes From Film & TV | WIRED

  • Published on May 8, 2019
  • 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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Comments • 4 910

  • Erik Peterson
    Erik Peterson 19 hours ago


  • Brenda Gonzalez
    Brenda Gonzalez 20 hours ago

    I hate how they edit the video to show as if the videos are having a dialogue with the guest speaker. STOP IT!

  • Benjamin Belland
    Benjamin Belland 20 hours ago

    4 months before this video was published, Tony Mendez passed away

  • Ajay bennett
    Ajay bennett 20 hours ago

    She would definitely be at my ultimate dinner party

  • Lana
    Lana 22 hours ago

    I often find movies get it wrong.

  • Lulu Harshie
    Lulu Harshie 22 hours ago +2

    I don't care about these movie scenes. Just let this lady tell spy stories for 16 hours! 😂😂

  • Darkraft
    Darkraft 23 hours ago

    "We also don't use the media as a cover" Blinks 1 billion times.

  • chancia23
    chancia23 23 hours ago

    No Michael Westen??? Dude it the most versatile Undercover Operative in history! Michael hasn't been this burned since, well... Burn Notice.

  • lary_go
    lary_go 23 hours ago

    I want to see her more!!! that was fun!

  • lgnfve
    lgnfve 23 hours ago

    19:20 "we always had three names....a first, a middle and a last name" omg, she just outed a ton of assassins. all assassins have 3 names. are they all cia operations???? JFK ?

  • lgnfve
    lgnfve 23 hours ago

    "we don't use media as a cover for spies" she lied, watch her body language....obvious

  • Princess Aab
    Princess Aab 23 hours ago

    What no bag with bundles of money waiting for me!!!! WTF 🤕🤕

  • 0 0
    0 0 Day ago

    Absolutely horrifying.

  • Danish Khan
    Danish Khan Day ago

    CIA does not exploit media for it's operations then what about operation mockingbird :D

  • erak
    erak Day ago

    Best series on TVclip!!

  • Olivia Henninger

    More pleaae

  • NinjaNezumi
    NinjaNezumi Day ago

    Clark Kent is less about the glasses and more about the entire behavioral identity. Lois Lane rarely looks at Clark's face, not until Superman II does she actually LOOK at his face. That's the whole trick XD

  • Mily Alvarez
    Mily Alvarez Day ago

    I always thought those Mission Impossible masks were just fantasy. I was shoked when she said they are real

  • Hazel Cohen
    Hazel Cohen Day ago

    More please

  • Mary Carla
    Mary Carla Day ago

    This was absolutely FASCINATING!

  • Mily Alvarez
    Mily Alvarez Day ago

    Omg. The amount of respect I feel for this lady it's impossible to put into words. I would love to sit and chat for hours with her!!

  • Jasmin
    Jasmin Day ago

    And my friend says that the FBI is better than the CIA. Like bish, joining a organization like the CIA is my dream. Though I’ll settle for detective.

  • Nathan Gamble
    Nathan Gamble Day ago

    We count the same way in England... or at least I do.
    But then, if I was holding up 3 fingers, it's just easier to not use the thumb.

  • Alex Roselle
    Alex Roselle Day ago

    4:35 note that a category NOT "off-limits" for disguises is medical providers. So the CIA was able to run a fake vaccination drive in Pakistan to try and get bin Laden DNA, and years later there are still reprisals against doctors and polio is still rampant there.

  • AdmiralAlenko
    AdmiralAlenko Day ago

    The Americans had the best disguises ha

  • scampoli25
    scampoli25 Day ago

    How could you not include the airport costume change into the security guard in Casino Royale

  • Lynnie Shaw
    Lynnie Shaw Day ago

    I want a weekly installment of this woman, please. She’s awesome!

  • Kimberley Searching

    I could listen to her forever! Fascinating!

    And who saw the Mendez-husband connection coming?? 🤔😮🤫

  • Ainura Beisheeva

    Wow. Very interesting

  • Maximellow
    Maximellow Day ago

    I wish I could be a spy.

  • Tyler The Loser
    Tyler The Loser Day ago

    CIA Agent Capture Rate Increases By 300%.

  • Hailee Lawrence
    Hailee Lawrence Day ago

    What a great woman

  • Erin Cromer
    Erin Cromer Day ago

    Whoohoo peace corps!

  • Thomas J Voss
    Thomas J Voss Day ago

    I always wondered in the Americans how he could wear a wich with that woman he was pretending to have a relationship with, in reality it would be impossible to hide?

  • Mariusz Ciechoński

    "Priests have no structure to protect them, they're so vulnerable."
    Wait, what?

  • Catharina Venter

    But Jason isn't a spy... He is an assassin...

  • gabbytrocious
    gabbytrocious Day ago

    Can i get the name of the editor? For research purposes.

  • Frank
    Frank Day ago

    14:20 I mean, he was European tho?

  • zzz pt
    zzz pt Day ago

    I'm european and I start counting 1 with my pinky. The thumb is number 5.

  • Naschaat
    Naschaat Day ago

    CIA = World's leading Terrorist Organisation!

  • Emily Hare
    Emily Hare Day ago

    Fascinating. How can 1.6k people click dislike? It's so riveting!

  • Elite Salad
    Elite Salad Day ago

    Priest is too vulnerable yet get away with rapes on a daily ok.

  • Sydney Owens
    Sydney Owens Day ago

    I very much enjoy listening to her!

  • Wolverine FTW
    Wolverine FTW Day ago

    I need me one of those L Pills

  • Richard wong
    Richard wong Day ago

    She should rate the whole Burn Notice series, it is very good

  • hydro78878
    hydro78878 Day ago

    can you please stop adding in thoes completely pointless reactions? it only causes anoyance and i realy hate them! otherwise good video, but completely ruined!

  • Mr. Fufu Cudlypoops

    Would've liked if she talked about avoiding suspicion like in game of thrones with Davos on the beach.

  • isabel
    isabel Day ago

    i was waiting for the winter soldier or civil war but they never showed up

    • isabel
      isabel Day ago

      you can’t talking about spying and NOT bring up miss natasha romanov

  • Victoria Reynoso
    Victoria Reynoso Day ago +9

    I would do anything for her to give an uncut story time

  • lovebouquet77
    lovebouquet77 Day ago

    I need to watch all these movies now

  • AudOldEnds
    AudOldEnds Day ago

    I think there isn’t a single Superman movie that does the Superman disguise well. It’s not just the glasses it’s the whole demeanor and his whole personality that is wildly different. I’ve yet to see it done right

  • Professor Hamamoto

    I wanna do one of these on portrayals of university professors. Hit me at facebook: Darrell Y. Hamamoto. I'm an authority on American television and cinema.

  • prophtube
    prophtube Day ago

    Incredible stories!

  • Macky Day
    Macky Day Day ago

    i was waiting for White Chicks... dissapointed

  • whatucker
    whatucker Day ago +3

    Well, reading her body and facemovement was kind of thrilling.

  • Corpse
    Corpse 2 days ago

    ffs the editing is so obnoxious

  • 天空龍 RYU
    天空龍 RYU 2 days ago


  • Ragnar Danneskjöld
    Ragnar Danneskjöld 2 days ago

    Obviously the CIA isn't very good at disguise. And they use the media all the time, except they don't disguise themselves as media, many of them ARE the media.

  • dzuze pe
    dzuze pe 2 days ago +1

    She looks like a boring house wife, good disguise!

  • Adriana B.
    Adriana B. 2 days ago

    I liked the editing, I think is fun. #sorry

  • Adriana B.
    Adriana B. 2 days ago

    I like her, but I should be scared of her.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer 2 days ago +78

    She's so pleasantly nonjudgemental about the sillier clips.

  • Indrani S
    Indrani S 2 days ago

    Imagine the stories Jonna Mendez could tell. Very cool guest. Very annoying editing.

  • Beep Boop
    Beep Boop 2 days ago

    I always thought this stuff was fake. Mind blown.

  • Mary Susan Milam
    Mary Susan Milam 2 days ago +2

    Technique Critique is one of my most favorite series!

  • Sean L
    Sean L 2 days ago

    What a fascinating lady.

  • Kittekattiz
    Kittekattiz 2 days ago

    I loved this so much. :D

  • ChingLo100
    ChingLo100 2 days ago

    Love this series

  • superdupermax
    superdupermax 2 days ago

    dont have boxes of passports and money and guns ... is what i expect someone who has all of that to say :D

  • ChrisOcon
    ChrisOcon 2 days ago +2

    No Series of Unfortunate events? lol

  • Fırat Turk
    Fırat Turk 2 days ago

    She's a man. Don't believe a word she says! Her real name is Joe Mendez. lol

  • jojojorisjhjosef
    jojojorisjhjosef 2 days ago

    14:26 fuckin, lol no, that´s just not true, you can count however you like on your fingers here.

  • Ovi Rio
    Ovi Rio 2 days ago

    She must hate superman.

  • ValerieJYL
    ValerieJYL 2 days ago

    I bet she still wouldn't be able to catch Arya Stark.

  • sam johnson
    sam johnson 2 days ago

    There are no guns

  • Paul Mitten (mbvglider)

    It kind of figures that TV and film does a much better job with disguises than with other things they've had on this series. After all, it's acting! If an actor can become a character, an actor can probably portray a character becoming an actor.

  • Double Double Toil and Trouble

    When she said “voice modulation”, all I can think of is a bunch of CIA agents running around sounding like a dalek... surprisingly disturbing more than funny 😅

  • Eduardo Alonso
    Eduardo Alonso 2 days ago +2

    So entertainment i didn’t realize the vid was half an hr long
    Not even mas

    SCBJQ 2 days ago

    Such an interesting person. She seems like she'd be fun to hang out with. I like her sly sense of humor and I bet she has some great stories.

  • WarsOfStars
    WarsOfStars 2 days ago

    LOL i didn't even know there was a 1998 version of the avengers

  • Vargus Cornwall
    Vargus Cornwall 2 days ago

    "I would say that we don't."

  • FazzzPlays
    FazzzPlays 2 days ago

    N9 Technology

  • Rich As F*ck
    Rich As F*ck 2 days ago

    She's a real badass. You can smell it, sense it mile away. You don't want to mess with someone like this dame!

  • Creatip
    Creatip 2 days ago +2

    - You are broadcasting the face of a former spy agency chief to public
    - Yes, but are you sure that's her real face? Even, are you sure that's a she??

  • Criticorn
    Criticorn 2 days ago

    Chief of Disguise is the best title ever

  • nacho0775
    nacho0775 2 days ago +1

    the editing is awful. Just let her speak.

  • CatsMeowPaw
    CatsMeowPaw 2 days ago

    4:20 So you'll use other covers like doctors and aid workers, putting thousands of innocent people at risk in hostile countries. You are scum.

  • D Mal
    D Mal 2 days ago

    When Superman was created, only bad guys were masks so Superman couldn't wear a mask so the "I can't tell who you really are because of glasses " idea was invented

  • Jeb Bush
    Jeb Bush 2 days ago

    Can anyone show her Death Note and see what she thinks?

  • Arianna
    Arianna 2 days ago +12

    This woman is made of steel. She didn't even flinch at "my name Jeff" 😂

  • MacMacMaxi
    MacMacMaxi 2 days ago

    @wired Great content, and want to see more interviews with her. I know that it has been said ad nauseam, but PLEASE, STOP JUMPING BETWEEN THE INTERVIEW AND THE FOOTAGE!!!

  • pushkaruefa
    pushkaruefa 2 days ago

    This was fun! Some fast editing yes, but it was still a fun video thanks to her excellent reviews and insight!

  • David
    David 2 days ago

    Russians and all Marxists treat their people like dirt and their women like tools to finish a job. SAD .
    Sparrow is a real thing. Talk to any son of a rich American businessman who travels much and he will of met them or their handlers.

  • Matthew Hutchinson
    Matthew Hutchinson 2 days ago

    20:05 lmao those are no where near the same. My bet is he wanted to go halfway to not be noticeable but not seem suspiciously similar to the curtains

  • Maria Achaval
    Maria Achaval 2 days ago

    I love how none of the clips fazed her, except the pink panther and the fake nose

  • Maria Achaval
    Maria Achaval 2 days ago

    The agent taking the L pill bit was intense. Its amazing that the agent killed themself before being tortured/ giving info away

  • GabeTheGrump
    GabeTheGrump 3 days ago +1

    Please get a new editor the first view videos were interesting but constantly cutting them off every 5 seconds for a stupid joke is getting obnoxious not to mention how many days/weeks are wasted editing these videos going through these movies to find some line to fit in with what the guest is talking about. There's pretty much nothing to lose and a lot to gain by getting a better editor you'd have far more videos and a lot less annoyed people clicking off.

  • Mr Pupp3T
    Mr Pupp3T 3 days ago


    HBMHD 3 days ago +4

    _"There are 3 covers that are basically off-limits to CIA"_ - Sure, sure

  • carlinhabia
    carlinhabia 3 days ago

    This woman is amazing !! Great to watch !!