While we're deeply concerned with the issues of privacy raised in 'Fair Game,' the story of real-life CIA agent Valerie Plame, the fact that she's played by Naomi Watts hasn't escaped our attention either. Which brings us, naturally, to compiling a list of some of the sexiest female spies ever to grace the big screen.

Most of the kickass women CIA agents we know -- Sydney Bristow ('Alias'), Sarah Walker ('Chuck'), Annie Walker ('Covert Affairs') -- are on TV, but fortunately cinema boasts a wide array of globe-trotting spies who work for the CIA and other secretive agencies. We tracked down 10 of the hottest, ones who'd make even the most loyal citizen want to betray state secrets.

In keeping with our U.S.-based inspiration, our list is all-American, so regrets to Mata Hari and Xenia Onatopp.
9. Julia Stiles in 'The Bourne Ultimatum' (2007)

Nicky Parsons seems like your average co-ed studying abroad, but that's merely her cover as an agent for black ops organization Treadstone. She has a minor part in the first two 'Bourne' films, but by the third installment, she's teaming up with Matt Damon himself to bring down the conspiracy against him. This resourceful, girl-next-door type may not be a lethal assassin or a drop-dead bombshell, but she is handy to have in your corner.

8. Vera Farmiga in 'Nothing But the Truth' (2008)

The role of Erica Van Doren, an ordinary housewife who's exposed as a CIA agent, is also inspired by Valerie Plame -- although the film's disclaimer points out that the rest of the story is completely made-up. Farmiga, so sexy in 'Up in the Air,' is certainly not your average soccer mom. The film asks us to identify not just with Farmiga's character but with the reporter who outs her (played by the also sexy Kate Beckinsale), who goes to jail for not revealing her source.

7. Julia Roberts in 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' (2002)

Roberts plays the part of mysterious agent Patricia Watson to the hilt: She's the kind of straight-out-of-spy-novels agent who shows up to exchange information in dark rooms, wears far too much eyeliner and gets turned on by hidden stashes of microfilm. Check out the clip below, in which she first meets Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell).

6. Anne Hathaway in 'Get Smart' (2008)

Agent 99 (Hathaway) is not only a very capable CONTROL agent, she's also pretty damn hot. Far too hot for fellow agent Max Smart, which must be why the film version of the '60s TV series posited that her stunning looks are the result of "some work." Or maybe she just has a soft spot for clueless but sweet dorks.

5. Carla Gugino in 'Spy Kids' (2001)

True love led international spy Ingrid to retire from the OSS (Organization of Super Spies) to marry equally hot agent Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and start a family. Becoming a mom didn't diminish her hotness one bit. Is it wrong that we kind of wish she -- not her kids -- was the star of these films? Although something called 'Spy Mom' might not have had quite the same draw as 'Spy Kids.'

4. Eva Marie Saint in 'North by Northwest' (1959)

Fleeing fugitive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) meets Eve Kendall on a train: She's unusually friendly and extremely helpful in helping him elude the police. How puzzling then, that she's also the girlfriend of the man who's trying to kill him. Can he trust her? If you've seen this Hitchcock classic (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for?), you know this ice-cool blond is red hot.

3. Heather Graham in 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' (1999)

When Austin Powers (Mike Myers) time travels back to 1969, he hooks up with Felicity Shagwell, one of the grooviest CIA agents ever. And her commitment to her job is impressive: We wouldn't sleep with Fat Bastard even if our lives -- and the lives of every human on the planet -- depended on it!

2. Halle Berry in 'Die Another Day' (2002)

Pity the poor writer having to describe the iconic movie moment when Halle Berry wades out of the surf. NSA Agent Jinx was supposed to get her own spy spin-off, but it never happened. At least we'll always have that orange bikini.

1. Angelina Jolie in 'Salt' (2010)

As CIA agent Evelyn Salt, Jolie doesn't wear any skimpy negligees and doesn't seduce any enemy agents, but she's still unbelievably sexy. Even when she disguises herself as a guy, she's still hot! Okay, maybe not so much then, so let's focus on the scene where she covers a security camera with her lacy undies, a move that's smart, resourceful and crowd-pleasing at the same time, which pretty much describes Salt's every move.
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