Spies investigate showbiz treasures

Biederman's collection totals about 4,000 items

Where better than spook central for an exhibit on Hollywood spy treasures?

Mrs. Peel’s black leather pants, Austin Powers’ eyeglasses and Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone are among the movie and TV props on display in a new exhibit at D.C.’s Intl. Spy Museum.

The exhibit comes courtesy of Danny Biederman, a screenwriter, author and certifiable spy nut who’s been collecting Hollywood spy props since he was a kid in the 1960s. He estimates his collection now totals about 4,000 items.

“I was into Superman, then saw a new show my mom liked, ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,'” he says. “I was just blown away by it! Then I saw ‘Goldfinger,’ and that did it.”

The collection has already been exhibited inside the CIA and the Pentagon. That’s because Hollywood and the spy world “have always kept an eye on each other,” says museum director and former CIA spook Peter Earnest. “Both institutions are very creative.”

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