Chinese spoof of “James Bond” series mocking Western intelligence agencies has been spotted by UK spy chief
MI6 chief Richard Moore took his hat off to Chinese state media for giving his agency “free publicity” after Xinhua News produced satirical video mocking London and Washington intelligence services .
Entitled “No Time to Die Laughing,” the bizarre “James Bond” mockup centers on two “MI6” spies – Agents 0.07 and 0.06 – who discuss the agency’s fixation on China as a “priority” on a sitcom-type laugh track. In response to the “leaked video” Thursday after being job by Xinhua, Moore thanked the outlet for its “interest” in MI6, as well as “Unexpected free advertising”.
Thank you for your interest (and the unexpected free publicity!). For those who can access the link, you can read the full speech here: https://t.co/sXZiTMzJc4
– Richard Moore (@ ChiefMI6) January 5, 2022
Moore also shared a link to a hawkish speech he gave at the International Institute for Strategic Studies last November, in which he dubbed Beijing the “Only highest priority” for the spy agency, apparently giving the inspiration for the satire.
“It’s not just about being able to understand China and Chinese decision-making. We must be able to operate undetected as a secret intelligence agency anywhere in the global surveillance network ”, Moore argued at the time, denouncing Beijing as a “Authoritarian state” with “Values different from ours”.
First posted earlier this week, the clip also takes photos of the United States, playfully highlighting the global spy device created by its National Security Agency (NSA), as well as the harsh treatment whistleblowers and journalists like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. Of Washington’s top 17 intelligence services, none have yet acknowledged the video or thanked China for the limelight like Moore did.
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Parody then defends Chinese telecommunications Huawei against claims it monitors customers using secrecy “Back doors”, with ‘Agent 0.06’ calling the idea “absurdity.” While former US national security adviser Robert O’Brien previously claimed Washington had evidence that Huawei could “Access sensitive and personal information” on user devices, he didn’t make it public, and U.S. officials declined to say whether they had ever observed the company using the alleged backdoor.
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