The Incomparable Mothership #650 January 27, 2023
Secret Agent Draft

The Sum of All Tildas

This week, we’re drafting some spies, secret agents, and con artists. Con artists? Why not? They all use similar skills—sometimes, it’s impossible to tell the difference. From fiction to spoof to inspired by real life, we’ve got it all. Also, is that Cate Blanchett or Tilda Swinton? Good luck, Jim. This episode will self destruct in five seconds.

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Show Notes


  • Archer
  • Charlie Wilson’s War Scarecrow and Mrs King Spy
  • Psych


  • The Avengers
  • Hudson Hawk
  • Tenspeed and Brownshoe The Nice Guys
  • American Flagg


  • Sandbaggers
  • Hanna
  • Alias
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015 film) Leverage


  • Mission: Impossible (TV)
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • Lupin
  • Maverick (TV and film)
  • Parker novels / Dortmunder novels by Donald Westlake