The Psychology of Villainy

On Wednesday, March 13, 2014 the International Spy Museum hosted this intriguing exploration of the inner workings of a psychos psyche. Find out what makes a villain tick, both in real life and on the Silver Screen.

This will include the infamous fictional adversaries featured in the Museums new exhibition, “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” many of whom were inspired by evildoers of the real world. Join psychological experts as they relate the criminal actions and behaviors of Bonds villains to their own experiences with real-life villains from recent history:

Dr. David L. Charney — As a renowned psychiatrist, he regularly interviewed notorious spy Robert Hanssen while in prison.

Dr. Stanton Samenow — The noted forensic scientist and author served as a mental health witness in the prosecution of D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.

Why would someone betray their country like Robert Hanssen or Golden Eye’s Alec Trevelyan? How realistic is the Stockholm syndrome suffered by Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough? What makes people consider crime as a way of life? In this extraordinary conversation, you’ll learn exactly how maudlin sentimentality (Blofeld’s love for his cat, for example) can coexist with chilling brutality.