Yeah -- For years in film and TV there has been way too much confusion between investigation, espionage, and commando activities (e.g., Spykids, CSI, NSIS, ...). Too much love of action adventure. The Navy SEALs are often cited these days as commandos, but sometimes their missions solely involve intelligence gathering: undetected observation and scouting. When they discharge a weapon in such circumstances, they have pretty much failed their mission. In real life - spys are often unarmed - more like today's cyberthugs. I especially agree with not losing sight of the value of "obsolete" methods as anything off the www will avoid cyber-intrusion.
Anyone who has seen the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall," would be hard-pressed to find any traditional espionage tradecraft. More actual spying would have meant less of Daniel Craig running around in a too-tight suit chasing bad guys. When the villain -- in this case a cyberterrorist played masterfully by Javier Bardem -- is able to turn around and say to Bond, "Why are you doing all this running around and wasting your energy?", anyone who knows anything about real spying is tempted to yell at the screen, "Because the script is garbage and there is no espionage written into this...
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