HWM (Singapore) - - ED'S NOTE - Zachary Chan ED­I­TOR

That was one of the first video games I played and a fran­chise that I still re­mem­ber to this day. I grew up watch­ing James Bond, Im­pos­si­ble Mis­sion and a dif­fer­ent kind of Avengers. Be­fore I knew about aliens, dragons, su­per­heroes or galax­ies far far away, I was go­ing to grow up as a se­cret agent (or a ninja).

Well, we all know how that turned out. Still, helm­ing a mag­a­zine has its priv­i­leges and I can in­dulge my fan­tasies ev­ery now and then.

We’re at the end of an­other year of techno wiz­ardry and while I can seem a lit­tle jaded at times, I am quite thank­ful I live in an age where one can read­ily get their hands on cool gad­gets any spy would kill for 20 years ago. The spy genre also seems to be un­der­go­ing resur­gence some­what with the Hol­ly­wood ma­chine pump­ing out movie af­ter movie from Kings­man to Spy to the lat­est James Bond ve­hi­cle, Spec­tre. So, of course we would ded­i­cate this is­sue of HWM to all things spy wor­thy.

Forget cheer­ful Santa and a white Christ­mas, our team’s cu­rated a list of gear for the hol­i­days that is fit for any spy wannabe. And it doesn’t just stop with the an­nual gift guide, we have sto­ries about tak­ing down the in­ter­net, eva­sive driv­ing and our own top se­cret re­port on the state of the tech in­dus­try in 2015.

Trust us, we’re pro­fes­sion­als. #fa­mous­last­words

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