Deighton's spy is described as working class, living in a back street flat and seedy hotels, and shopping in supermarkets. He wears glasses, is hindered by bureaucracy, and craves a pay raise.
Spying in the traditional sense is going the way of the Dodo. It became clear with the Assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in 2010. 26 suspected spies were involved with the case, all of them caught on camera and the entire operation filmed on hotel, airport and other security cameras every step of the way. Those 26 spies have been outed. It takes years and millions of dollars to train a spy. It was a complete disaster for the spy agencies involved. The new world is you can't go anywhere or do anything without being watched on camera.
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