CIA-Hollywood Nexus: Why America Weaponises Popular Cinema

An Empire Diaries special report on why the US Deep State rides the CIA-Hollywood nexus to sell one-sided narratives about America and to manufacture consent.

CIA-Hollywood nexus exposed

Nadim Siraj

October 24, 2023: In this episode of Declassified, we put the spotlight on the CIA-Hollywood nexus. And we will look at how the Pentagon and the CIA admitted to misusing Hollywood as a marketing tool. Why? Because America is the world’s leading warmongering nation. And so, it wants to brainwash people all over the world into thinking: when the US goes to war, it’s always for a good cause. 

Many Hollywood films that you enjoyed watching during your lifetime were propaganda operations of the CIA. Popular American war movies and spy thrillers are often scripted by the US intelligence agency. This video exposes that CIA-Hollywood nexus.

The Hollywood film industry’s main task is to use its charm and popularity to whitewash the dirty track record of the US empire. We are talking about illegal interventions, wars, and spying missions. Such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the American spy attacks on Russia and Iran. Hollywood serves as a great PR machine that portrays these black deeds as heroism. And fans of US commercial films keep walking into this trap. A trap of disinformation and clever propaganda.

Take the example of how Hollywood films are used to evoke sympathy and respect for American soldiers. The Pentagon, which is the US defence headquarters, routinely sends troops to intervene in other countries’ affairs. To cover up those dirty tricks, well-marketed films project US soldiers and spying agents as heroes on a mission.

In the backdrop of the CIA-Hollywood nexus, take the 1998 film, Saving Private Ryan, a Steven Spielberg war movie starring Tom Hanks, as an example. Then there is Top Gun, a 1986 blockbuster action-drama about the US Navy, starring Tom Cruise. Also, take Guns of Navarone as another example of US military heroism. It features actor Gregory Peck. Now, films like these try to persuade movie-goers into thinking that US soldiers are always the good guys fighting the bad guys.

Now, let’s look at how the Central Intelligence Agency glorifies its image as part of the CIA-Hollywood nexus. Hollywood has gone to a really high level with the CIA propaganda. It has rolled out non-stop sequels, targeting generation after generation of audiences. The spy thrillers come with themes that show western intelligence officers as charming operators. The films portray CIA spies as patriots exposing evil forces from other countries. Especially those that are America’s diplomatic rivals. Such as Russia, North Korea, Afghanistan.

The most prominent productions glorifying American spies are the Mission Impossible films and novelist Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series. The movies come with a predictable template: good-natured spying agents tired of the broken system are cleaning up the world.

Another famous one is Clear and Present Danger, in which Harrison Ford performs well to project the CIA as an office of honest people, not just crooked spies. Then there’s the 2007 thriller Rendition, which shows that some CIA operatives are sympathetic people; ready to risk their jobs to find justice. Another one along the same lines is Zero Dark Thirty. The 2012 CIA film is about the secret US mission to catch Osama bin Laden.

James Bond and CIA-Hollywood nexus

And why are we forgetting Mr. James Bond, the world’s most celebrated fictional spy, and a leading example of the CIA-Hollywood nexus? When it comes to the CIA-Pentagon-Hollywood nexus manufacturing enemies and spreading xenophobia, 007 stands out. Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig made the Bond films famous.

Although Bond movies are produced in Britain, US production firms pair up with the British producers for many of the films. Bond movies are mostly produced by British-based Eon Productions. Eon brings them out in collaboration with major US production companies like MGM, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, and Universal Pictures.

In the storylines, the British agent represents the so-called good side of intelligence networks from the English-speaking world. The plots reflect the foreign policies of both America and Britain, as a gameplan of the CIA-Hollywood nexus. In James Bond films, villains usually have connections with Russia, India, Germany, Afghanistan, China, and North Korea.

Many other types of Hollywood films are also strategically rolled out to sell certain narratives about the US. If you think deeply about the alien invasion movies or the comic book superhero films, you will notice the same agenda. An oversimplified narrative is repeatedly told by the CIA-Hollywood nexus – that the US alone keeps getting targeted by enemies; and it is the US that saves the world from all evil.

The reason behind this hero-worship narrative is that America loves to project itself as the world’s most powerful empire. So, it wants to promote its soft power through commercial cinema. Nothing serves this purpose better than blockbuster Hollywood hits at theatres near you. 

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