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“It’s an everyday object, with a touch of the surreal,” Hart Dyke said. “I hope it can work on those two planes.”

It certainly seems to work for its most critical audience _ the spies themselves.

Scarlett said he was delighted with the show, and identified particularly strongly with one image _ a man standing at a window in an empty hotel room.

“I recognize that situation completely,” he said. “I’ve been in that situation many times. You’re waiting, it’s a boring situation, but you’re waiting for something exciting and exceptional to happen.

“This is an intriguing profession,” he said. “The work is very interesting and exciting, but in a funny way, mixed up with everyday life.”

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David Stringer in London contributed to this report.

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