Interview With A Real Spy At The Spy Museum Teachers Sheet With Key
INTERVIEW WITH A REAL SPY AT THE SPY MUSEUM
Play some JAMES BOND Music
Answer the following questions in groups of five:
1. Who does this music make you think of?
2. What was/is his profession/occupation/vocation?
3. Is spying a modern activity or an ancient activity? When did spying probably
4. Where does spying most frequently take place; in what circumstances?
5. What is, in general, the purpose of this activity?
6. What has contributed to the modernization of this “business”?
7. Why is it, on the one hand, a serious endeavor and, on the other hand, a
continuously popular theme for novels and movies? What is it about the
activity that stimulates the imagination?
Match the pictures to the following words/phrases:
4. Undercover Spy
6. Driver’s License
7. Fully Armoured
( 5 )
What do you think was the most interesting aspect of the interview for the
children who were asking the questions?
In groups of five, match meaning to spy-connected word:
1. Hide (v.) ( 13 ) in secret, among the enemy
2. Disguised (adj.) ( 03 ) action plan
3. Plot (n.) ( 14 ) someone who is unfaithful to two opposing
4. Secret (n.) ( 15 ) info leading in an unfruitful direction
5. Drop (n.) ( 04 ) nobody can know about it
6. Infiltrate (v.) ( 08 ) purposely misleading object or information
7. Impersonate (v.) ( 07 ) imitate someone with a distinctive identity
8. Decoy (n.) ( 11 ) investigate casually
9. Deliver the goods ( 10 ) go after
10. Follow (v.) ( 01 ) make discovery difficult
11. Nose around (v.) ( 16 ) confess, inform
12.Tail (n.) ( 05 ) locale for (or the act of) leaving secret information
13.Undercover (adv.) ( 02 ) having an appearance which hides real identity
14. Double agent (n.) ( 09 ) carry out the objective
15. (Leave a) cold trail ( 06 ) become one of a group
16. Squeal (v.) ( 12 ) someone who follows
In groups of five, substitute the underlined words/phrases by the “spy”
vocabulary from the matching exercise above:
Five men are meeting in an abandoned warehouse wrapping-up a projected
Ângelo - So what’s the plan, Luigi? (plot)
Luigi - OK, so here’s the idea.
Romeo - Charlie is going to pretend to be a delivery man. (impersonate)
Saulo - He’ll be wearing the company uniform so he can mingle with the rest of
the guys. (disguised / infiltrate)
Tonico - The information he’s carrying is highly confidential, so he has to make
the deposit without anybody going after him. (a secret / drop / following)
Romeo - He might leave a few fake packages along the way to confuse any
possibly curious company. (decoys / leave a cold trail)
Ângelo - Can we trust this guy? Could he be working for both sides? (a
Tonico - No way! He’s worked with secret identities a lot, and he knows how to
become instantly invisible. (undercover / hide)
Romeo - In record time, he can look for the goods, make a discovery, and take
it to its destination. All without attracting a shadow. It’s a cinch! (nose around /
deliver the goods / tail)
Tonico - And he knows that if he talks to the wrong people, he’s dead meat....
Ângelo - Sounds tight enough to me; let’s give him his kit and get out of here.
Now practice the dialogue using the substitutions.
INTERVIEW WITH A REAL SPY AT THE SPY MUSEUM
MATT – Hi, I’m Matt.
BRITTNEY – And I’m Brittney.
MATT – We’re here in Washington DC.
BRITTNEY – At the Spy Museum.
MATT – We’re on a top-secret mission.
MATT / – Shhhhhhhh.
BRITTNEY – Bond.
MATT / – James Bond.
BRITTNEY – While we were in front of the James Bond car, we found a real
spy. Melissa Boyle was in the CIA for over 20 years operating
undercover in the Middle East. Now, we can find out what it
really takes to be a spy
MELISSA – I used to work for the CIA, the Central intelligence Agency. I
BOYLE was what you call a case officer and that’s the person who goes
overseas and actually steals the secret intelligence. Matt and
Brittney, did you see this car?
MATT – Yeah! It’s really cool!
MELISSA – Yeah! Well, you know what? I never had one.
MATT – Ah, man!
MELISSA – I know, but I wish I did. There were times when you had people
BOYLE following you. You really wouldn’t want them to know/to follow
you, and if you had a car like this, you could get rid of them.
BRITTNEY – Yeah! So what kind of car did you have when you were
MELISSA – Well, I had lots of different cars. I had my favorite car. First of
BOYLE all, my favorite car was a fully-armoured Mercedes Bens, brand
new. My least favorite car was an old Volvo that the bottom had
rotted out. So as you were driving along you could look down
and see the road underneath you.
MATT – I wouldn’t like that.
BRITTNEY – I wouldn’t like that.
MELISSA – That was a good operational car because who would think a
BOYLE spy would be driving around in that piece of junk.
BRITTNEY – Yeah, really!
MATT – When you said it was fully-armoured, how much, like, armour
was really on it?
MELISSA – Well, the car was extremely heavy and it was hard to open the
BOYLE doors because there was so much armour on it. But the idea was
to make/give you a vehicle that you could drive through a riot or
maybe an ambush with somebody shooting at you and you
wouldn’t/the bullets would go through the window.
MATT – That’s really cool.
MELISSA – Well, I thought so, because I always liked living.
MATT – Ah, yeah.
BRITTNEY – Have you ever been like in an ambush or something?
BRITTNEY – Well, I was caught in this ambush and there were/a riot broke
out on either side of us when we were in a war zone. So the/I
wasn’t driving. I had a security detail and they understood that
there was imminent danger and put the car in reverse. Sped up
to 40 miles an hour in going in straight line in reverse and did a
one-eighty and took us out of that, into a safe zone.
MATT – I don’t think I’ll be able to do that even when I have my driver’s
MELISSA – Well, I think that you would be trained to do that. We do an
BOYLE awful lot of driving – high-speed driving – when we do one-
eighties and use your car as a weapon.
MATT – So who actually uses this car?
MELISSA – Ah, this is James Bond’s car and it’s a 1964 Aston Martin DB5,
BOYLE and it goes fast.
MATT / – Wow!
MELISSA – OK, guys, it’s time for you to get back to spy school and your
BOYLE mission. So go have fun and do a good job.
MATT / – OK. Bye! See you later!