16. The Spy
Premiere date: Sept. 6
It wasn’t long ago when the Mossad recovered an Eterna-Matic Centenaire 61 wristwatch from Syria, the significance here is that this particular watch belonged to Eli Cohen. Some may recognize the name, but if you don’t, no worries, we’ll get you up to speed!
Cohen was an Israeli spy in the 1960s who spent many years gaining the trust of Syrian generals and higher-ups in politics. When he was caught as a spy, Cohen was declared guilty of conspiracy and sentenced to death. Cohen was publicly hanged. Though the watch was returned, Syria officials refused to reveal where Cohen’s body was buried. It still has not been found today.
The Spy begins near the end, Cohen (portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen) is already in a prison cell. But after that quick introductory scene, we are taken back to six years prior to really meet Cohen. Before becoming a spy, Cohen worked at a department store. Audiences will be captivated as they watch Cohen’s journey.
Cohen is desperate to prove himself and enjoys every bit of his mission work, but perhaps a tad too much. This is what leads to his demise. Cohen’s work as a spy takes a toll on his wife and children, as well, and that is portrayed heavily in the series as we see Cohen’s story from various point of views.
Watch The Spy if you enjoy espionage thrillers, it is based on the book L’espion Quivanait D’Irsrael, which translates to The Spy Who Came From Israel by Uri Dan and Yeshayahu Ben Porat. The drama also stars Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Yael Eitan, Noah Emmerich, and others.