19 Things I Learned On A Training Day For Spies
Or: how you too can fail to become Jason Bourne in just a few hours.posted on Feb. 28, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
1. I learned that there is a secret spy training centre in Soho.
This is a slight exaggeration. These are the offices of a PR company, who wanted to plug a new series that’s out on DVD and Blu-Ray, and to do so they hired in some ex-spies and soldiers to teach journalists how to be James Bond. I thought I’d spotted a gem of an opportunity and took them up on this.
It turned out pretty much every other publication, all the way from the Sunday Sportto Vice to the Telegraph - had also taken up the offer. What I assumed was going to be intimate, personalised training was actually going to be a sort of corporate away day for hacks who wanted to laugh at each other.