The Most Ludicrous James Bond Supervillain Schemes Of All Time

James Bond is known for his insane gadgets and cool stunts, but also for his totally unglued villains. When it comes to Rube Goldberg schemes, James Bond's enemies are the greatest. Just watch this clip where Blofeld hypnotizes a woman to love chickens! Here are the most insane James Bond villain plots of all time. » 2/13/15 9:49pm 2/13/15 9:49pm

Phèdre From Kushiel's Dart Is The Greatest Courtesan-Spy In Epic Fantasy

Fantasy has lots of sex workers or courtesans who also work as spies — but for our money, the best is Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève, the hero of the first Kushiel trilogy by Jacqueline Carey. She thwarts a major conspiracy, stops an invasion, saves her country and avenges her master... with kinky sex. » 2/13/15 3:40pm 2/13/15 3:40pm

Some Reasons You Should Watch Danger Man

In celebration of Spy Week over at io9, I'd like to engage in one of my favorite pastimes: trying to convince people to watch something I love. It should be easy in this case, as I have a wealth of reasons why Danger Man (known in the States as Secret Agent Man, yes, as in the song), starring Patrick McGoohan, is… » 2/13/15 4:39pm 2/13/15 4:39pm

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 3:06pm 2/12/15 3:06pm

Who Is the Best Spy in Fantasy Fiction?

As is traditional for io9 nights here during spy week, we're following up the essay on my pick for the best spy fiction within a category with a chance for you to have your say. Use the poll below or simply battle away in the comments — you're giving all of us a bunch of new recommendations, so, really, everyone's a… » 2/11/15 2:30am 2/11/15 2:30am

The Best Fantasy Spy Is: All of Drasnia From The Belgariad

Fictional spies aren't restricted to stories in more modern times, filled with gadgets and acronyms. There are also spies in traditional sword and sorcery fantasy. Of all those creations, the best one is the entire country of Drasnia in David Eddings' The Balgariad and its sequels, prequels, and side works. » 2/11/15 1:30am 2/11/15 1:30am