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Wilkinson: We don't know spy truth

Tom Wilkinson, star of new spy thriller The Debt, has said he'd love to see a film that "takes the lid off spies".

The Michael Clayton star appears opposite Dame Helen Mirren as a retired secret agent in new movie The Debt. But he revealed at the London premiere he thinks spy movies don't really reflect the truth about the intelligence services, as they're so secret we don't know anything.

Tom said: "I imagine that because spies are so secretive that people don't really know as much about them as they think they do."

He went on: "There's that book that I was reading about recently where the guy was taking the lid off spies and said they absolutely know nothing.

"Maybe that's the movie I want to see - that takes the lid off these clever cunning people that seem to know the opposition's every move, and have the rather cloddish pre-programmed people that are obviously out to get us."

The 63-year-old actor stuck the boot in by pointing out intelligence services were wrong about there being Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

He added: ""Vis a vie Weapons of Mass Destruction! Thank you Spies for getting that one right!"

Tom said he enjoyed working on The Debt - which also stars Sam Worthington, Ciaran Hinds and Jessica Chastain as Helen's character in a flashback to the cold-war era where she is hunting a Nazi war criminal - because it was filmed on location in Israel.

He said: "I wanted to work with John [Madden, the director] and Helen, I've worked with them a few times.

"In the mix was going to make the film in Israel, I'd never been to Israel before."

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