SPY IN TIMES SQUARE
With the release of SKYFALL the new Bond film just one day away, everyone is looking for a tie to the movie.How about SPY artifacts from the vaults of the CIA and FBI that are now on display at SPY: The Exhibit at Discovery Times Square, here in New York City.
This is the first-ever exhibit that has the participation of the CIA and FBI with never-before-seen artifacts, including James Bond gadgets and six of the real artifacts from the Argo operation.
Visitors can learn about the tools, technology, and tricks that make espionage possible, with hands-on activities that let them experience this covert world for themselves.
SPY includes extraordinarily rare items including:
Man’s shoe with hollow heel for film cassette: In the 1960s, this shoe with a cavity in the heel and machined metal compartment was of a size capable to conceal a Minox film cassette. Such a device was used by an agent who had photographed MI6 handler.
· SMERSH (“Death to Spies”) credentials: in the Bond books and movies SMERSH was the villainous foe. The artifact is an original set of credentials carried by a SMERSH officer.
· MK.-123 Transciever: The MK.123 was a highly compact valve-based self-contained transceiver, which went into service in 1955 for diplomatic and clandestine services use. This is a small, easily concealable, portable radio set that an MI6 officer would have used for covert communication while working abroad.
· MI6 Covert Key Cutting Kit: A special-purpose small key cutting kit designed for use in a motel room to allow an MI6 intelligence officer to duplicate keys for a covert entry. It was small enough to be portable, easily concealed, innocuous, and would draw no attention if packed in the boot of his car.