Sunday, 25 September 2011

Character Design: Secret Agent Research

"A secret agent is a spy - someone paid to get secrets. Modern-day spies who work for governments are called "intelligence officers" but the practice of spying is as old as civilization itself"
                                                                                                              - Secret Agents, Gary Jeffrey, 2008

A secret agent is generally someone who is employed to acquire information, whether it be military, political or otherwise. In this modern day and age secret agents tend to be referred to as spies but this is not always the case. They can also be agents working for a secret service. Whether spy or agent  both operate within the same areas of work, including surveillance, espionage and intelligence.

The US government defines espionage as:

"The act of obtaining, delivering, transmitting, communicating, or receiving information about the national defence with an intent, or reason to believe that the information may be used to the injury of the US or to the advantage of any foreign nation."    

In affect a secret agent is a peace keeper working in the shadows to prevent awful incidents from occurring.

A few key words associated with secret agents:

Director - Case officer
Secrets - Assets
Refuge - Safe House

And now for some notable secret agents...

James Bond

James Bond

James Bond

Kim Possible

Perry the Platypus

Secret Squirrel 

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