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Killing Eve Assassination Based On Real-Life Death Of Kim Jong-Un's Brother

Killing Eve Assassination Based On Real-Life Death Of Kim Jong-Un's Brother

The grisly deaths in Killing Eve are based on actual assassinations - and if that doesn't make the show even more interesting to you, then I don't know what will.

The BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera recently revealed that he was tasked with creating a 'kill list' by writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the show's other writers, which he did.

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He told the BBC's Obsessed with Killing Eve podcast that he came up with 'crazy, quirky ways' to kill people based upon real-life assassinations.

One such killing was used in the episode in which we see Villanelle kill fragrance mogul Carla de Mann in the first season.

The use of poisonous perfume was inspired by the real-life case of the probable assassination of Kim Jong-nam - the half-brother Kim Jong-un - in 2017.

Jong-nam was at Kuala Lumpur airport when two women, Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah are alleged to have move towards him and sprayed him with an unidentified liquid. He died just minutes later. An autopsy found that a nerve agent was found on and inside his body.

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Both women later claimed they believed they were taking part in a prank for a TV show. They later had all charges against them dropped.

Opening up about his Killing Eve kill list, Corera told the podcast: "I think the wildest thing I got asked to do was quite early on sitting with them and they said, 'So it's a show about assassins, it's about killing people.'

"Phoebe and the writers said, 'We haven't killed that many people ourselves but we don't know that much about how to kill people.'

"I was like, 'Yeah,' and they said could you help us come up with some ways of killing people and I was like, 'OK.'

"So I went away and wrote this document called the Kill List which is somewhere on my laptop. It's basically a load of different ways to kill people, but crazy quirky ways.

"I took some things that happened 50 years ago, some that had been in the news, some that you hear about in other places and just passed that on and of course they used some of them.

"And they gave that Killing Eve 'zing' to some of the ideas that I had and I think that's what the writer's are great at."

Killing Eve is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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Topics: TV and Film

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]