Since the only female spies I can think of in the movies are La Femme Nikita, various Bond Girls, or Charlie's Angels, I don't think I'm wrong for thinking that there has never been a terribly realistic portrayal of a woman in the espionage business. Hopefully, that is going to change. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Paramount Vantage has tapped Sex and Death 101 scribe Daniel Waters to adapt Lindsay Moran's memoir, Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy.
Published in 2005, the book covers her time in the CIA, and critiques what she calls "a dysfunctional intelligence organization." Moran joined the CIA in 1998, after graduating from Harvard and working in Bulgaria as an English teacher. After five years as a "case officer," she became disillusioned with her lifestyle and quit. Moran's dissatisfaction with "the life" was also closely tied to her disappointment with the fact she was "far from being a female James Bond." She "discovered that the life was more isolating than anything else, with her not able to tell even her closest confidants or boyfriends what she did for a living."
Surprisingly, she was allowed to speak freely about her time with the organization, and even criticized them for both their slow reaction to the Sept 11th tragedies and their role in the Iraq War. Karen Tenkhoff (The Motorcycle Diaries) will produce. There is no word on a director yet, but considering the amount of spy projects getting the green light, it shouldn't take long. But for those who like their spy films with a little less bureaucracy and a little more glamor, there is always Bond 22. You can always count on 007 to give us our fix of super-model spies and unlikely adventures.