The series is set in Syria during the 1960s.
Rabat – Only a few days after Netflix released one of their newest series, “The Spy,” Moroccans noticed some editing mistakes made by the famous production company. “The Spy” is a series set during Syria in the 1960s, however some scenes showed some Moroccan money transfer agencies, including “Wafacash,” which was not founded until 1991.
و من هذا المقطع ديال المسلسل الجديد (The Spy) من انتاج (Netflix) يتضح لنا بأن العاصمة السورية دمشق في ستينيات القرن…
“In this scene from the new series “The Spy” produced by Netflix, we can see that the Syrian capital, Damascus, had Wafacash, MoneyGram, and Western Union agencies since the 1960s,” said a Moroccan Facebook user sarcastically.
The series was filmed in Morocco, mainly in Casablanca. Editors, however, were not able to completely metamorphose the decor from that of a Moroccan city to a 1960s Damascus.
This small detail was not the only thing that Moroccans noticed. In one of the scenes, extras were shouting “we are in Morocco” in Moroccan dialect. Producers did not notice until the series were already online.
Je viens de finir The Spy, si on met de côté le côté propagande “les israéliens c’est les plus intelligents, les syriens étaient débiles”:
les +: Sasha Baron Cohen excellent dans un rôle sérieux
les – : les détails dans les décors et les figurants qui crient qu’on est au Maroc
— Jean Paul (1-0) ساخط (@NumeroLmou9ana3) September 15, 2019
“I just finished ‘The Spy.’ If we don’t take into consideration propaganda ‘Israelis are smart and Syrians are stupid,’ on the plus side, Sacha Baron Cohen is excellent in serious roles, on the minus side, the details in decor and extras screaming that we’re in Morocco,” posted a Twitter user.
Other internet users, from different countries, also found many inconsistencies in the decor used in the series, including the use of the wrong Syrian flag, the use of incorrect maps, or the use of Malaysian coins.
So I am watching the spy on Netflix and guess what I see as the “Syrian flag”? FSA flag is shown as the official Syrian flag back in Al-Hafez’s time. Am in tripping…?@Partisangirl @ejmalrai
@Ali_Kourani @Brasco_Aad @Syriasonline @MaxBlumenthal @MoonofA pic.twitter.com/ywzp9tFbQQ
— Wahabeasts (@wahabeasts) September 8, 2019
There is a map of #Kurdistan in the 4th episode of The Spy, the @netflix series based on the story of the late Israeli intelligence operative Eli Cohen. This is supposedly a military base in the Golan. Epic mistake. (The Israeli map of 1961 in the opening credits is wrong too) pic.twitter.com/8X3O8lpQvt
— Ceng Sagnic (@cngsgnc) September 9, 2019
Was watching The Spy on Netflix when I noticed this supposed syrian coin looking familiar 👀 pic.twitter.com/OmER8kcFcD
— poppy (@rushdijaafar) September 14, 2019
“The Spy” tells the story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who lived in Syria during the 1960s for a long-term mission. The series stars the English actor Sacha Baron Cohen. The series received mixed reactions from viewers. While some people expressed their enjoyment of the series and how brilliant they found the acting, others believed it is full of propaganda.
I watched The Spy on Netflix. An Israeli spy in Syria was was found out and killed. Sasha Baron Cohen plays Eli Cohen. Excellent.
— cece 🕊️ (@krittercrews) September 10, 2019
The propaganda is strong Netflix’s The Spy. Would love to hear the story from the other side.
— Wamathai (@Wamathai) September 10, 2019