LIFE has a great little pictorial expose on the Spy Tools of the Cold War. These aren’t your laser beam firing Omega watches, these are the real deal, including the infamous great seal bug and a very cute radio bug that fits into a martini olive. Now that would be a good one for good ol’ you-know-who.
Spying is a dangerous business. Whether “the operative” is an international man of mystery, a private dick, or a crack-shot G-man, the job often demands the most advanced data-gathering tools available.