• Feb 6, 2009
It's no secret that automotive spy photographer Brenda Priddy is synonymous with shots of heavily-camouflaged cars and of engineers enduring extreme climate testing. But now, she has been outed as The Most Famous Spy in History on a website called ShareRanks.
This shooter of top secret sedans and covert convertibles has been ranked above notorious agents such as Mata Hari who was executed as a German spy. Priddy even tops Revolutionary War spy Nathan "One Life to Live" Hale who is probably in every American history textbook in the country.

That's her in the photo with her back to the camera. It's the only photo she'd authorize for use with this story. "After all, I don't want people to know what I look like!" she said in an e-mail to us (one we suspect that originated in her underground bunker somewhere in the Arizona desert). Then again, someone of her spy caliber could have sent it from right here in the Autoblog offices. Hmmmm.

As someone who makes a living off exposing the secrets of the auto industry, how does she feel about her newfound fame? We asked her that and a few more questions that you can read the answer to after the jump.

Photo Copyright Brenda Priddy, used with permission.

Brenda Priddy found a few minutes in her busy life as an international spy to answer a few questions from Autoblog...

AB: How does it feel to not only be included in company like Nathan Hale and Aldritch Ames, but to top the list of famous spies?
BP: Ames isn't my favorite, but I'm taking lessons (figuratively speaking) from Mata Hari.

AB: What's a day in the life of a world-famous spy?
BP: SIlly questions like this and other things that I can't talk about (or else I'd have to kill you!)

AB: Now that you've been outed, are you going to write a book?
BP: I'm going directly to the Big Screen.

AB: Spies are known to have used some creatively hidden cameras in the work. Have you ever shot a camouflaged car with a lipstick camera?
BP: Lipstick camera? No. But I have with a Russian-designed cigarette-box camera.

Thanks for talking to us, Brenda. Tell Mr. Bond "hello" for us next time you see him.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Brenda Priddy is the Stig.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shhhhh ... that's secret!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still think now is the time for HelicopterCam!!!

      Just fly over them. They won't be able to stop you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mata Hari was executed October 15, 1917, during WW1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      She may be a spy but her work is just for entertainment for us car enthusiasts. Those other spies have shaped the course of history with the information they've gathered.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean like the TMZ guys?
        • 5 Years Ago
        She helps shape my history of the type of car I may come to buy, seeing if the car she has snapped may become a hit or a dud! Priddy is on a high pedestal in the automotive world! I love her work as a "spy"
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont know if I would say it shapes history, but automotive spy photos can bring about a lot of hype in the automotive world. which, i guess, shapes history in the automotive world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't "Most Famous Spy in History" an insult? Think about it....if you're a spy your goal is to do stuff without being noticed. If you're the most famous spy in history, you're presumably one of the most noticed spies in history and thus one of the worst spies in history. I'm just saying....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only if your goal is not to be noticed. Klaus Fuchs and Theodore Hall are quite famous and the Soviets used Fuchs for propaganda purposes in the 50s and 60s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was caught ONCE... but it wasn't Brenda... but one of her guys, Chris.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Batman is the best spy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah... as someone else also said, Mata Hari was dead long before World War II started.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been a fan of Brenda for years. Her work is among the best I've ever seen. Now that Jim and Hans are retired, we can be assured that Brenda will keep our hungry minds fed for years to come.

      Brenda, I remember you once publidhed a picture of Jim and Hans together. Any chance we could see that again someday?
      • 5 Years Ago
      She needs to put on some camouflage for that picture: I would recommend the camel-colored stuff Audi used for the A7 or the psychedelic stuff BMW uses.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ATT Chris Tutor
      It's "I regret I have but one life to GIVE to my country" was Nathan Hale's stirring patriotic statement before being hung by the British.
      Check the Wiki link and You'll see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You people are all too young to remember Jim Dunne, who invented the spy-shots business. The Priddys of the world are his acolytes.
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