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The Chilling Tale of Rogue Agent, the Man Who Pretended to Be an MI5 Operative

Rogue Agent is a 2022 British mystery drama thriller film directed by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn in their feature length debut, from a screenplay the pair co-wrote with Michael Bronner based on the unpublished[3] article "Chasing Agent Freegard" by Michael Bronner. James Norton portrays Robert Hendy-Freegard, a conman who tricked and convinced several people that he was an MI5 agent. Gemma Arterton also stars as the person who brought him down, with additional cast members including Shazad Latif, Marisa Abela, Edwina Findley and Julian Barratt.

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The chilling true story of conman, Robert Freegard, who posed as an undercover MI5 agent kidnapping countless victims amidst a high-stakes manhunt until the woman who fell for him brought him to justice.

GoldenEye's single-player campaign spans across eight missions, putting you in the role of a former secret agent that has been booted out of her Majesty's secret service for being too ruthless for the job. This sends you into the waiting arms of Auric Goldfinger, who takes you in and fixes an eye injury you received while fighting Dr. No by giving you--wait for it--a golden eye! The story then pits Goldfinger against Dr. No. However, the cutscenes that feed you plot points don't really keep you in the loop very well, and the menagerie of returning Bond villains make the whole "what if?" scenario feel like second-rate fan fiction.

The story follows Robert Freegard (James Norton), a conman and imposter. Pretending to be an MI5 agent chasing after the IRA, he kidnaps, enslaves, swindles, and abuses numerous victims physically and mentally. The film offers a brief summation of his tactics and his victims, but does not delve into a narrative that deconstructs the mind of a cruel man. The focus shifts to one of his later victims and how she turns things around by conning the con man.

Robert is incredibly handsome, so all the considerable red flags are masked by his charm and smile. The film opens with a segment narrated by the immensely talented Gemma Arterton, who explains the main tenants of how a spy deceives others, all while Robert ingratiates himself with a group of university students and convinces them he is an MI5 spy. Using the tactics of a rakish agent who would typically be beloved, he perverts the notion by abusing his power, preying on unsuspecting people and whisking them away from their loved ones and lives. Nine years later, he meets his match in Alice Archer (Arterton).

Parents need to know that Rogue Agent is a British thriller -- based on the real-life case of con artist Robert Freegard (James Norton) -- with some strong language. The movie revolves around Freegard's deception and criminal activities. His love interest, Alice Archer (Gemma Arterton), is the closest the movie has to a role model: suspicious of Robert's claim to be a secret agent, her intelligence and diligence slowly begin to uncover the truth about him. There is no violence shown on-screen, but there are references to terror attacks and deaths. Characters are also left traumatized as a result of Freegard's lies and deception. This includes Freegard starting sexual relationships with them. There is a brief sex scene, but there's no explicit nudity, with just Freegard's bare back shown. There are multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "pr--k," "bitch," and "bastard." Materialism features in that Freegard's job as a luxury car salesmen means that he entertains wealthy clients and uses his access to vehicles to impress his targets. There is some drinking, with reference to being hungover. Characters also smoke cigarettes and cigars in indoor public spaces.

Robert Freegard (James Norton) is introduced against the backdrop of the Irish Republican Army in the 1990s, meeting several students and later revealing his identity as an MI-5 operative. After convincing them to abandon their lives because their cover had allegedly been blown, Freegard exacts a frightening degree of control over them. As one woman, Sophie Jones (Marisa Abela), remains in a perpetual state of hiding, awaiting her eventual promotion to agent, Freegard meets Alice Archer (Gemma Arterton), a lawyer initially uninterested in her car salesman suitor who eventually gives in to his charms, only to learn that he is not at all who he claims to be.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is a first-person shooter released for the PS2, XBox, GameCube and Nintendo DS. It follows an unkown agent called GoldenEye who is drummed out of MI-6 for brutality. It features the voice talent of Christopher Lee, and Judi Dench does the voice of M. Only in one or two scenes though. This game was meant to be EA Games' answer for the original GoldenEye 007 for the N64, but wasn't popular with critics or fans. The game features a dual-wield system and multiplayer.

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M starts off by saying that the "Agent was wounded in a confrontation with Dr. No several years ago, and lost the use of his right eye." The agent is also prone to excessive violence. The agent appears in a helicopter next to 007, and is going to Fort Knox to stop Goldfinger. As you both are heading up there, a missile takes out the chopper. When the agent lands, he walks up to 007 and he falls to his "death." The agent then proceeds down to the lowest level of the of the Fort. When the agent gets to the vault, the bars block his way, Oddjob kills the remaining soldiers, and a cutscene shows the nuclear bomb (from Goldfinger) going off. Then the agent is booted out from MI-6, because he failed to save Fort Knox and "killed" 007. As the agent leaves he looks at a business card that says, "The offer still stands." It is signed by Goldfinger.

After the titles, the agent receives a "golden eye," a mechanical eye that can do 4 things. The first power the agent receives is MRI imaging. The second power is a Magnetic Polarity shield. The third power is an EM hack ability and the fourth power is a Magnetic Induction Field. It is given to him by Francesco Scaramanga (voiced by Christopher Lee, and using his likeness from The Man with the Golden Gun), who acts as this game's "Q" figure.

The agent is then flown to meet Goldfinger at Auric Enterprises, in the mountains. There, Goldfinger unveils his OMEN device (the Organic Mass Energy Neutralizer). While unveiling the device, Dr. No's forces attack. Goldfinger flees while the agent (now codenamed GoldenEye) repels the attack. After beating back the forces, he is rescued by Pussy Galore. GoldenEye is then flown to Hong Kong, where he is supposed to assassinate Dr. No. A fellow "Octopus" agent has supposedly left him a sniper rifle in the adjacent building, but in reality he has betrayed GoldenEye. GoldenEye then tracks the turncoat down and kills him and downs an Osprey with Dr. No inside. After escaping, Goldfinger contacts GoldenEye and tells him that Dr. No's forces are planning an attack on his Midas Casino in Las Vegas. Goldfinger has hidden an OMEN device in his vault, and it must be protected.

After he left the CIA in disgrace, Philip Agee wrote an expose called Inside the Company. That book, which revealed assassinations and the names of other agents, was later used by the CIA as a recruitment tool. Agee (shown in Cuba in 2000) died two years ago in Havana. Jose Goitia/AP hide caption

Directed by Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson, the movie is based on the true story of the British con-artist Robert Hendy-Freegard who masqueraded as an MI5 agent while working as a barman and car salesman.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is a first-person shooter video game published by Electronic Arts. The player takes the role of an ex-MI6 agent, who is recruited by Auric Goldfinger (a member of a powerful unnamed criminal organization based on SPECTRE) to assassinate his rival, Dr. No. Several other characters from the James Bond series make appearances throughout the game, including Pussy Galore, Oddjob, Xenia Onatopp, and Francisco Scaramanga.

At the start of Rogue Agent, a recording by M (head of MI6) reveals that: "Three years ago, while on assignment, the agent was severely wounded in an encounter with Dr. No, and subsequently lost the use of his right eye. Consumed with vengeance, he frequently resorts to violence and brutality, and is no longer fit for service with MI6." According to the account, the agent was shot in his right eye by Dr. No during a mission.

Three years after the incident which claimed the agent's right eye, he is evaluated through a holographic simulation in which he is paired with 007 to stop Auric Goldfinger, a member of a criminal organization, from detonating a suitcase nuke inside Fort Knox. He fails the test and is held directly responsible for the "death" of 007. Charged with "reckless brutality", he is dismissed from MI6. As he leaves the headquarters, he is seen reading an offer by Goldfinger to enlist in his organization.

The agent accepts Goldfinger's offer and is recruited as his enforcer, meeting with him at Auric Enterprises, where Goldfinger's scientists have developed a weapon known as the OMEN (Organic Mass Energy Neutralizer), which releases energy capable of breaking down organic matter on a nearly atomic level, resulting in disintegration. For his job of eliminating Dr. No, a fellow official of the criminal organization who has declared war on Goldfinger's branch of the organization, he is given a gold-hued cybernetic eye created by Francisco Scaramanga, another official of Goldfinger's organization (from which he receives his code-name "GoldenEye") Scaramanga provides upgrades for the eye, starting with MRI vision. At Hong Kong, GoldenEye has to get a sniper rifle to take down Dr. No with the EM hack feature.

Rogue Agent was largely considered to be an attempt to recreate the success of one of the best-selling video games in recent history, GoldenEye 007, which was a first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64 based on the Bond film GoldenEye. Aside from the character Xenia Onatopp, the Uplink multiplayer level, and the fact that both involve a good agent going bad (although in the case of the original, not the protagonist), GoldenEye: Rogue Agent actually has nothing to do with either the film GoldenEye or its video game adaptation, although the protagonist's scarred appearance considerably resembles Sean Bean's portrayal of rogue agent, Alec Trevelyan, in that film.


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