“Pond, James Pond”: China parody 007, MI6 responds (video)

The head of the British secret service ironically thanked the New China news agency on Thursday for its “free publicity” after the publication of a parody video of James Bond deriding the London-Washington alliance.

The response from Richard Moore, head of British foreign intelligence (MI6) comes amid tensions between the United Kingdom and China over the Uyghurs and the political takeover of Hong Kong.

In a rare public address, Mr. Moore said in late November that “Adapting to a world affected by China’s rise to power is the top priority” of its services.

The MI6 chief accused Beijing of “collect data from all over the world” and “to use one’s influence” for “to take people in his nets”.

In response, the official China New News agency posted on Twitter (a blocked social network in China) a parody video titled “Dying of Laughter Can Wait” on Tuesday, referring to the title of Agent 007’s latest film.

The 4.55 minute clip in English shows two Chinese actors playing MI6 agents: a man in a tuxedo called “James Pond” (“Pond” means “Pond” in English) and a colleague in a business suit.

In this laugh-filled video recorded and filmed in a castle, the duo mock Western criticism of the supposed Chinese threat.

“Thanks for your interest (and the unexpected free publicity!)”, responded Richard Moore.

The MI6 boss also posted a link to his November speech, where he blamed Chinese agents “to exploit open nature” from British society “to facilitate their operations”.

In the New China video, the two bogus British agents discuss a file listing Chinese espionage techniques … before realizing that they are in fact those of their American ally.

James Pond then denounces the critics “pathetic” of MI6 against Beijing, a tactic used according to him “to get a big budget next year”.

During a call with the CIA, agent “0.07” then learns that his phone has been tapped … by his American ally.

“To be America’s enemy is dangerous. But to be America’s friend is fatal”, concludes Pond.

The British government had decided in 2020 to exclude the Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei from the 5G network, after American warnings about potential espionage from Beijing.


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