A spy is somebody who has secrets. They are people who are usually employed by a governmental organization to find out information about potential threats. To spy on someone is to keep a close eye on somebody’s behaviors and actions. Spies have been used in major global conflicts, for example in the Cold War and both World Wars. Virginia Hall was an American spy with the British Special Operations Executive during World War Two. She helped organize the efforts of the French Resistance in occupied France, using the cover of a reporter for the New York Post. She narrowly escaped arrest by the Nazis, and fled to Spain, where she was later picked up by the US forces.

How do you become a spy?

The basic requirements to become a spy include not being in trouble with the law, not doing drugs, going to college, being ready to travel, and being a citizen. The application process will involve several rounds of interview, tests, with extensive checks into your character, reliability, and judgement. Each organization will have different requirements to become a spy and the process generally takes from 6 months to 2 years.

What do spies do?

Spies are often collecting valuable information for the nation’s decision makers as well as risking their lives in the process. The life of a spy is much different than what is depicted in the movies. Much of what spies do is psychology-based and includes acting. Spies are able to read people, sell people an idea, establish strong human relationships, figure out what motivates people, and manipulate people to get the information they want.

What are the qualities of a spy?

The qualities of a spy include being low-key, being able to blend with the general public very well, observational skills, and interpersonal skills. Other qualities are self-reliance, bravery, intelligence, and creativity, integrity, honor, courage, flexibility, confidence, and humility. Amiability, being subjective, and having sense of humor are also important qualities that a spy should possess.

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5’5” | 1.64 m
Tales of Suspense #52 (April, 1964)
Black Widow
164.000
1964.00
238000
3D
Black Widow
5’7” | 1.70 m
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Ethan Hunt
170.000
1996.00
11000
3D
Ethan Hunt
Jack Ryan
337000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018)
Jack Ryan
191.000
2018.00
337000
3D
Jack Ryan
6’1” | 1.85 m
GoldenEye (1995)
James Bond (Brosnan)
185.000
1995.00
7100
3D
James Bond (Brosnan)
6’2” | 1.88 m
Dr. No (1962)
James Bond (Connery)
188.000
1962.00
10400
3D
James Bond (Connery)
5’10” | 1.78 m
Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond (Craig)
178.000
2006.00
15500
3D
James Bond (Craig)
6’2” | 1.88 m
The Living Daylights (1987)
James Bond (Dalton)
188.000
1987.00
2950
3D
James Bond (Dalton)
6’1” | 1.85 m
Live and Let Die (1973)
James Bond (Moore)
185.000
1973.00
3550
3D
James Bond (Moore)
5’10” | 1.78 m
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Jason Bourne
178.000
2002.00
105000
3D
Jason Bourne
6’2” | 1.88 m
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)
Nick Fury
188.000
1963.00
54000
3D
Nick Fury
5'7" | 1.70 m
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)
Peggy Carter
170.000
1966.00
49000
3D
Peggy Carter
6’0" | 1.83 m
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
Winter Soldier
183.000
1941.00
117000
3D
Winter Soldier
Jack Ryan (John Krasinski)
Size comparison drawings of Jack Ryan comparing the heights of other related characters from action films

Jack Ryan is a fictional character created by Tom Clancy used in his Ryanverse novels. Jack Ryan was a former U.S. Marine turned History professor who ends up as the President of the United States for two terms! There are a series of Jack Ryan movies you can find such as Patriot Games, Red Rabbit, and Clear and Present Danger. This character has been played by a variety of great actors like Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, but is most recently portrayed by John Krasinski. This character created by Tom Clancy has such a detailed political history you would almost think he was in fact non-fiction.

Jack Ryan is portrayed by John Krasinski with a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Jack Ryan with height measurements
Jack Ryan is a fictional character created by Tom Clancy used in his Ryanverse novels. Jack Ryan was a former U.S. Marine turned History professor who ends up as the President of the United States for two terms! There are a series of Jack Ryan movies and TV shows to view his many varied adventures.

Jack Ryan is portrayed by John Krasinski with a height of 6’3” (1.91 m).

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Jack Ryan (John Krasinski)
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John Krasinski
First Appearance
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (2018)

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Nick Fury
Pair of drawings of Nick fury standing in relaxed and dodging postures

Nick Fury is a spy and veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. operative that appears throughout Marvel Comics. Typically assumed to be the leader of the superhero counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury is a master military tactician with a mysterious past as a war soldier and member of the C.I.A. Nick Fury debuted by Marvel in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 released in May, 1963 and first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man (2008).

Nick Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m), but is 6’1” (1.85 m) in the comics.

Elevation illustrations of Nick Fury in side profile with his hands on his hips and aiming a pistol
Nick Fury is a spy and veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. operative that appears throughout Marvel Comics. Typically assumed to be the leader of the superhero counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury is a master military tactician with a mysterious past as a war soldier and member of the C.I.A.

Nick Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m), but is 6’1” (1.85 m) in the comics.

Elevation illustrations of Nick Fury in side profile with his hands on his hips and aiming a pistol
Nick Fury
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6’2” | 1.88 m
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6’1” | 1.85 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Samuel L. Jackson

Powers
Military strategist; longevity; armed and unarmed combat
Real Name
Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury
First Appearance
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)

Drawings include:
Nick Fury standing (front), standing (side), dodging, shooting

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Peggy Carter
Collection of scaled height drawings of Peggy Carter and other MCU characters

Peggy Carter also known as Margaret Carter is a fictional British S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Agent Carter and the extended Marvel franchise. One of the first female agents in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which later became S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peggy is a force to be reckoned with. She has no superpowers, but is a talented spy, sharp as a whip, and skilled in both hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship. She falls in love with Steve Rogers, but they are separated when he is cryogenically frozen. Her grand-niece, Sharon Carter, follows in her footsteps as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU with a height of 5'7" (1.70 m). The comic book height of Peggy Carter is 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Peggy Carter in various postures
Peggy Carter also known as Margaret Carter is a fictional British S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Agent Carter and the extended Marvel franchise. One of the first female agents in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which later became S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peggy is a force to be reckoned with even without superpowers.

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU with a height of 5'7" (1.70 m). The comic book height of Peggy Carter is 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Peggy Carter in various postures
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5'7" | 1.70 m
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5’5” | 1.65 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Hayley Atwell

Powers
Tactician; marksman
Real Name
First Appearance
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)

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Peggy Carter front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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Winter Soldier | Bucky Barnes
Series of scaled illustrations of Winter Soldier compared to various related Marvel characters

Bucky Barnes, also known as Winter Soldier, is a fictional anti-hero in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the extended Marvel franchise. Bucky originally enlisted in World War II alongside Steve Rogers, but after his apparent death in battle, HYDRA experimented on him and turned him into a brainwashed weapon. His cybernetic arm is his greatest weapon, and lethal when combined with his combat skills. When out of the grasp of HYDRA’s programming, Bucky is a friend to Captain America and the rest of the Avengers, and a formidable ally. When activated by HYDRA, Bucky becomes a dangerous opponent.

Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, is portrayed by Sebastian Stan in the MCU with a height of 6’0" (1.83 m). The comic book height of Bucky Barnes is 5’9” (1.75 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Winter Soldier with labeled height
Bucky Barnes, also known as Winter Soldier, is a fictional anti-hero in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the extended Marvel franchise. Bucky originally enlisted in World War II alongside Steve Rogers, but is lost to HYDRA after his near death. His cybernetic arm is his greatest weapon.

Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, is portrayed by Sebastian Stan in the MCU with a height of 6’0" (1.83 m). The comic book height of Bucky Barnes is 5’9” (1.75 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Winter Soldier with labeled height
Winter Soldier | Bucky Barnes
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6’0" | 1.83 m
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5’9” | 1.75 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Sebastian Stan

Powers
Cybernetic arm; master combatant; marksman; assassin and spy; superhuman strength, speed, vitality, reflexes
Real Name
Bucky Barnes
First Appearance
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

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Winter Soldier front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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James Bond (Roger Moore)
Size comparison drawings of James Bond (Moore) comparing the heights of other related James Bond characters

Roger Moore made his debut as the iconic spy James Bond in the 1972 film Live and Let Die. He appeared alongside Jane Seymour as Solitaire, one of the most famous Bond Girls of all time. Moore then went on to appear in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985). Roger Moore’s portrayal is considered the most well-mannered and elegant version of the infamous spy; his classic looks and upper-class accent turned Bond into an English country gentleman. Roger Moore died in 2017.

James Bond was portrayed by Roger Moore with a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of James Bond (Moore) with height measurements
Roger Moore made his debut as the iconic spy James Bond in the 1972 film Live and Let Die. He appeared alongside Jane Seymour as Solitaire, one of the most famous Bond Girls of all time. Roger Moore’s portrayal is considered the most well-mannered and elegant version of the infamous spy.

James Bond was portrayed by Roger Moore with a height of 6’1” (1.85 m).

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James Bond (Roger Moore)
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Portrayal: 1973–85

Actor
Roger Moore
First Appearance
Live and Let Die (1973)

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