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A love letter for spy fiction on Netflix

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The best spy novels are often written by the spies themselves (John le Carr, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Joe Weisberg and so on). It’s more than just an old saying “write what you know” because a spy’s life is inevitably intertwined with the creation of fiction itself. The best spy writers were undoubtedly good spies because they could create false but plausible schemes and stories, convincing the enemy of carefully crafted deception, using their imagination for gimmicks.

Operation Stuffingnew movie from Netflix, at best, when exploring this exciting dynamic. The film is definitely about a titular spy operation developed by British intelligence during World War II, along with a touch of romance, and does so with excellent acting, beautiful staging design and attentive plot. However, Operation Stuffing in fact about the relationship between fiction and the reality of war, the spy and the man under it.

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Operation Stuffing is a fabrication of reality and vice versa

His very discovery informs the audience about it, identifying it Operation Stuffing in many ways it is a meditation on the story itself, as well as on fiction under reality (and vice versa). “In any story, if it’s a good story, there’s what’s visible and what’s hidden. but an important behind-the-scenes story begins. “But with this war is another war, a battlefield with shades of gray, played out in seduction, deception and dishonesty. The participants are amazing; they are seldom who they seem to be, and fiction and reality are blurred.”

Without spoiling anything to report that these words are narrated (since they are born with the click of a typewriter) by Jan Fleming, author of Agent 007 and responsible for a lot of James Bond movies. In 1943, Fleming participated in the real operation “Stuffing”, and in the film he watched with interest as the wheels in the author’s mind noticeably spin. He is not the only master of fiction among the many spies, secretaries and secret agents Operation Stuffing. In fact, the protagonists spend the film essentially creating fiction, except that this story will save thousands of lives.

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Early scene in Operation Stuffing finds intelligence officer Ewan Montague, who reads aloud to his son one of the great spy novels (and Alfred Hitchcock’s films), 39 stepswho may have given birth to a modern spy thriller. Montague is working on a fraud operation alongside Charles Chalmandelli at the same time as Allied troops planned to attack the Nazis through Sicily, which at the time was heavily reinforced by the German military. Montague and his team hoped to create a trick that would convince the Nazi military that Allied troops instead planned to attack through Greece and Sardinia to distract the Germans from Sicily to make a safe place for a proper invasion.


The “true” story of Operation Mince and World War II

To do this, a plan was developed, which depended on carefully formulated fiction, and on stupid coincidence and cunning espionage. The deception involved dropping the corpse of a military officer with confidential intelligence off the coast of neutral Spain and being intercepted by the Nazis; the corpse will carry information relating to the Allied invasion through Greece. Of course, it was all a feint – everything was staged, from fake documents to the British officer. Instead, intelligence officers found the body of the drowned man and compiled a detailed fictional prehistory for the man to make him appear to be a legitimate officer with accurate information.

To do this, the British team basically created a room for writers, expressing ideas and thinking about who is a fictional officer. The best parts Operation Stuffing These are extended scenes in which Montague and Gene Leslie, a woman from his team, use their extensive knowledge and passion for spy fiction to work out ideas together. They huddle in the bars of military England and walk the streets darkened by curfew and shutdowns, discussing who this fictional soldier they are inventing for espionage who his family is, what his mission is and who he fell in love with.


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The most romantic aspect of the film is that Montague and Leslie combine their common intelligence (espionage and spy fiction) to come up with this story, almost flirtatiously inserting themselves as the fictional characters they create. Operation Stuffing does it without being meta-film, remaining a film based on a traditional script, but it is a unique pleasure to see fictional characters who are so interested in fictional characters created by them. This is a spy movie that loves spy fiction.

The actors and the team of Operation Mince.

Beyond this neat approach, Operation Stuffing it’s a pretty simple movie. It is effectively written by Michelle Ashford, who specializes in period dramas (scriptures for Pacific and evolving Masters of Sex) and comes with a typical (but rather soft) polish by John Madden. Madden’s films could benefit from the excitement of his namesake in the NFL, the fiery and noisy late coach John Madden; while his Exotic Hotel Marigold movies Debt, Miss Sloanand Shakespeare in love all good enough films, his work is often tedious in its strict commitment to conventional filmmaking, and there is nothing else.


However acting with Kelly McDonald and Speeches by Colin Firth (like Leslie and Montague, respectively) stands out, despite the fact that the British British setting with an inconspicuous upper lip. Matthew McFadden is also very good in the role of Charles, perfectly showing both wounded pride and barely restrained passion. It would be a lot of fun to see him play John Stonehouse in a future spy mini-series.

Operation Stuffing it’s a very exquisite production, everything looks great the film for some reason seems bigger than it really is, feeling like an epic British war film when in fact it takes place mostly in small, cramped spaces. The story itself is one of those amazing moments in espionage and military history alike Slangwhere it would be pretty much unbelievable if it weren’t true.

This in itself proves part of the essence Operation Stuffingthat fiction is absolutely necessary. It is important not only for people to find hope and prosper in a painful world, but for military victory and for history itself. It is said that “life imitates art,” but in fact it is much more symbiotic than that; life imitates art, imitating life, imitating art, and reality depends on fiction to the same extent as the opposite. This is the best Operation Stuffingand can give viewers a better appreciation of fiction (such as James Bond) that they consume so regularly. Operation Stuffing is now broadcast on Netflix.


In the trailer for “Operation Stuffing” from Netflix, British soldiers use cunning to deceive Nazi forces

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