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The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 film based loosely on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. A sequel to The Bourne Supremacy and the third film of the Bourne Trilogy, it stars Matt Damon reprising his role as Ludlum's signature character, amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne. Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Albert Finney, and Joan Allen co-star. The cast reprises their roles from the previous Bourne movies, with additions such as Strathairn, playing a CIA department head; Paddy Considine as a British journalist; and Edgar Ramirez as a new assassin sent to kill Bourne. The film continues the saga of Jason Bourne after he survives the harrowing Bourne Supremacy car chase in Moscow, Russia, and follows the character as he travels to Paris, London, Madrid, Tangier and New York City to uncover his real identity, while the CIA continues to send assassins after him.Paul Greengrass directed the film from a script by Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, ...,
Mission: Impossible III (abbreviated M:i:III) is the third film based on the television series Mission: Impossible starring Tom Cruise who reprises his role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt.
The film was directed by Alias creator and Lost executive producer J. J. Abrams. It was first released on April 26, 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and widely released in the United States on May 5, 2006. Filming began in Rome, Italy in July 2005. The film had been kept under extremely tight wraps, and very little was known of its plots or new featured characters during filming. Location filming took place in China (Shanghai, Xitang, and Zhouzhuang), Germany (Berlin), Italy (Rome), the United States (California and Virginia), and Vatican City.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from being an IMF team leader, instead opting for a quiet life with his fiancée Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a hospital nurse.
The film begins in medias res with Ethan and Julia held captive and threatened by an unnamed man. The...,
Munich is a 2005 drama film starring Eric Bana. The film was co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. It was written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth which depicts the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes by Black September gunmen, and the Israeli government's secret retaliation assassinations.
The film shows how a squad of assassins, led by former Mossad agent "Avner" (Eric Bana) tracks down and kills a list of Black September members thought to be responsible for the 11 Israeli athletes' murders. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.
The first part of the film, which depicts the hostage taking, corresponds well with historical accounts. The second part of the movie, which depicts the Israeli government's response, has been debated a great deal by film critics and newspaper columnists. Spielberg refers to the film's second part as "historical fiction", saying it is inspired by the actual Israeli operations which are now known as Operation Wrath of God.
Template:DISPLAYTITLE:xXx: State of the UnionxXx: State Of The Union, released as xXx: The Next Level outside of the United States and Canada, is a 2005 action/adventure film, directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 2002 film xXx (pronounced "triple x").
Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen, the lead actor and director of the original had signed onto this film before xXx had opened, but both dropped out. Cohen remained an executive producer.
Two different scripts were made for this film, and the one written by Simon Kinberg was selected. The other script featured a radically different plot, possibly serving as the basis for another sequel. As State of the Union underperformed at the box office, and was trashed by critics (the first installment's reception was mixed), it is uncertain whether any new installments will ever be made.
After the original xXx superspy Xander Cage (played by Vin Diesel) is reportedly killed in Bora Bora (by Lt.Col Cobb's strike team which can be seen in the...,
The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 film based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. It is also a sequel to the 2002 film The Bourne Identity and the second film of the Bourne Trilogy. The Bourne Supremacy continues the story of Jason Bourne, an amnesiac and former CIA assassin played by Matt Damon, and his attempt to learn more of his shadowy past as he is once more enveloped in a conspiracy surrounding the CIA and Operation Treadstone. The film also stars Franka Potente as Marie Helena Kreutz, Brian Cox as Ward Abbott, Joan Allen as Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles as Nicolette Parsons.It substantially deviates from its source material as Alexander Conklin is now dead and the CIA is Bourne's enemy rather than his friend (the plot actually incorporates aspects of the Bourne novel The Bourne Legacy written by Eric Van Lustbader as well). In addition, the book's narrative takes place in Hong Kong with Marie getting kidnapped so Bourne will accept a mission.The film was directed by Paul...,
The Man Who Knew Too Little is a 1997 comedy starring Bill Murray. The movie is based on Robert Farrar's novel Watch That Man, and the title is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much (though the film itself makes no reference to it.)
Wallace Ritchie (Murray) flies to England to spend his birthday with his brother, James (Peter Gallagher). James has business guests coming over and must find something to occupy his brother until dinner's over. Wallace ends up taking part in the "Theatre Of Life," which promises to treat the participant as a character in a crime drama. Trouble begins when Wallace answers a phone call intended for a hitman, and is mistaken for a real spy. He becomes tangled up in a plot to kill Russian and British dignitaries on the eve of the signing of an important peace agreement between the nations. For him, it's all an act, but to the men who want a second Cold War, Wallace is public enemy number one.
Johnny English (2003) is a comic film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre, starring Rowan Atkinson as the incompetent British spy of the title, with John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia and Ben Miller.
The screenplay was written by Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, with William Davies and the film is directed by former Bread actor Peter Howitt.
Tag line: "He Knows No Fear. He Knows No Danger. He Knows Nothing."
The character of Johnny English himself is based on a similar character called Richard Latham who was played by Atkinson in a series of British television advertisements for Barclaycard. The character of Bough (pronounced 'Boff') was retained from the advertisements though another actor, Henry Naylor, played the part in the advertisements. Some of the gags from the advertisements made it into the film, including English incorrectly identifying a waiter, and the ballpoint pen scene (Latham inadvertently 'shot' himself with a tranquilizer dart which fired from the...,
The Recruit is a spy thriller movie starring Colin Farrell and Al Pacino. It was released in 2003. It follows the career of a recent MIT graduate recruited into the CIA.
The Recruit sits somewhat distinguished in the espionage genre as it details the process of conversion of James Clayton (Colin Farrell) from fairly ordinary MIT final year student, into an intelligence officer with the CIA.
The film begins with several flashes of James’ internet homepage in which he constantly trawls for information about his father, who presumably had gone missing when Clayton was quite young. In the first scene James wakes up in his shared student apartment to the sounds of the telephone ringing. Upon answering it, somewhat reluctantly, he realizes that he had forgotten about, and is now late for, the MIT graduate recruitment careers fair. His delinquency is important because, out the group of graduating students, he is the one that possesses the disk that holds their project, a rather impressive...,
Agent Cody Banks is a 2003 film that follows the adventures of 15-year-old Cody Banks (played by Frankie Muniz) who has to finish his chores, avoid getting grounded, and save the world by going undercover for the CIA. Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon, Keith David, Ian McShane, and Arnold Vosloo co-star. The film is directed by the Norwegian director Harald Zwart. The film was released in the U.S. on March 14, 2003This film was the first major motion picture project for Duff apart from the film spinoff of her Lizzie McGuire TV series. The same can be said for Harmon, who had just come off a three-year stint as Assistant D.A. Abbie Carmichael on NBC's Law & Order.
A sequel, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, was released the following year.
Cody Banks is a 16-year-old boy who applies for a junior position for the CIA. Under the disguise of summer camp, children are trained to be agents. Cody is called upon a mission to find information about a scientist named Dr. Connors who ends up...,
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever is a 2002 movie starring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas. The film was universally panned by critics since they regarded it as having no redeeming features (not even the comedy value normally associated with bad films). It is often listed among the worst movies ever made. Financially, the film was a box office failure, recouping just over $14 million of its $70 million budget.
Liu and Banderas play opposing secret agents who are supposedly enemies, but rather than fighting each other they team up to take down the megalomaniacal director of the DIA played by Gregg Henry.
A Game Boy Advance first-person shooter, Ecks vs. Sever, was based on a very old version of the movie's script and, storywise, is almost nothing like the film. It was released in 2001, before the movie. A second game created after the movie's release, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, considered a sequel to the game but which followed the movie, was considered an impressive technological feat on the...,
xXx, pronounced "Triple X", is a 2002 action movie starring Vin Diesel. xXx was marketed as a James Bond style film for the new millennium and featured similar gadgetry, international schemes and intrigues, villain-sponsored take-over-the-world schemes backed up by doomsday devices, a female co-star/love interest, and elaborate stunts (as Roger Ebert put it, "Why blow up two cars when you can blow up twenty?").xXx was written by Rich Wilkes, directed by Rob Cohen (who also directed Diesel in 2001's The Fast and the Furious), and produced by Neal H. Moritz for Revolution Studios. Stuntman Harry L. O'Connor was killed in an accident during filming. The novelization for the movie was written by Mel Odom.A sequel was released in 2005, titled xXx: State Of The Union, starring rap artist/actor Ice Cube and Willem Dafoe.Xander Cage, a.k.a. xXx, a law-breaking, extreme sports enthusiast, with a propensity for rebellious behavior, is 'hired' by Augustus Gibbons to go undercover in order to...,
The Bourne Identity is a 2002 film loosely based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name.It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, an amnesiac attempting to discover the truth of his identity amidst a CIA-involved conspiracy of which he is the center. Along the way he teams up with Marie, played by Franka Potente, who assists him on his globe-trotting journey to learn about his past and regain his memories. The film also stars Chris Cooper as Alexander Conklin, Clive Owen as The Professor, Brian Cox as Ward Abbott, and Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons.The film was directed by Doug Liman and adapted for the screen by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron from the novel of the same name written by Robert Ludlum, who also produced the film alongside Frank Marshall. Universal Studios released the film to theaters in the United States on June 14, 2002 and it received a positive critical and public reaction. The film was followed by a 2004 sequel, The Bourne Supremacy, and a third part released in...,
Bad Company is a 2002 Touchstone Pictures film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The story was written by Gary M. Goodman and David Himmelstein, with the screenplay by Jason Richman. The action/adventure spy movie stars Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. The film is rated PG-13.
When a mission to retrieve a stolen suitcase bomb goes bad, CIA agent Kevin Pope is killed. Pope was working undercover as an art dealer under the name Michael Turner. The CIA, who is desperate to complete the mission discovers that Agent Pope had a twin brother, Jake Hayes (Rock), from whom he was separated at birth. Hayes hustles chess games, scalps tickets and works at small clubs to make ends meet. Meanwhile Hayes’s girlfriend, Juile (Washington) grows tired of waiting for him to grow up and decides to move to Seattle, Washington.
As the CIA begins to train Hayes for a mission that is to take place in Prague(Czech Republic), they learn he is rough around the edges. Agent Oakley ...,
Spy Game is a 2001 film, directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62,362,785 in the United States and $143,049,560 worldwide. Set in 1991, the film depicts the U.S. and Chinese Governments on the verge of a major trade agreement with the American President due to pay a visit to China to seal the deal. When the Central Intelligence Agency gets word that operative Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) has been captured trying to free an English woman (Elizabeth Hadley) from a Chinese prison near Su Chou (Suzhou), is being questioned under torture and will be executed within twenty-four hours unless he is claimed by the U.S. Government, they scramble to decide whether to allow Bishop to die or to claim him and potentially destroy the trade agreement, a decision made more difficult by the fact that Bishop was working as a rogue agent, outside control of the agency.
In an attempt to quickly deal with the situation, CIA executives call in Nathan David Muir (...,
Mission: Impossible II, or M:I-2 as it is also known, is the 2000 John Woo-directed sequel to Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible motion picture, based on the TV series of the same name.M:I-2 sees IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) teaming up with former partner Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), professional thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton) and helicopter pilot Billy Baird (John Polson) in order to thwart the plans of former IMF agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Richard Roxburgh and Anthony Hopkins in an uncredited role as Hunt's overseer Swanbeck.The film combined James Bond-style espionage action (in contrast to the last film and TV series) with John Woo's visual flair, including his trademark slow-motion, double fisted pistol shootouts and white doves appearing before combat. However, the limiting PG-13 rating applied to the film meant that the final picture was considerably toned down in violence from his past works, such as Broken...,
Spy Hard is a 1996 movie starring Leslie Nielsen, parodying James Bond films and other action films. The title itself is a spoof of Die Hard which, strangely enough, is not lampooned in the actual film.The plot is the standard story of secret agent Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 (a play on 007) who, along with Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14 (Nicollette Sheridan), must stop the evil genius, General Rancor (played by Andy Griffith), from taking over the world. Rancor was wounded in an earlier encounter and no longer has arms; however, he can 'arm' himself by attaching robotic limbs with various weapons attached."Weird Al" Yankovic sings the title song and directed the title sequence. It is a parody of title sequences from the James Bond films designed by Maurice Binder- specifically 1965's Thunderball, complete with multiple colored backgrounds, silhouetted figures, and "wavy" text. Additionally, an urban legend states that during the recording of the theme to Thunderball, Tom Jones held the...,
Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action film directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Christian Slater.
Major Vic 'Deak' Deakins (John Travolta) and Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater) are pilots in the United States Air Force. Early in the film, Deakins and Hale take off from Whiteman Air Force Base in a B-3 Bomber, (a fictional advanced version of the actual B-2 Spirit stealth bomber).
During the flight, Deakins goes rogue and fights with Hale inside the cockpit, attempting to shoot him with his sidearm. After momentarily stunning Hale, Deakins' releases the two nuclear weapons and ejects Hale from the cockpit. Delibrately sabotaging the plane, Deakins' notifies Colonel Max Wilkins (Delroy Lindo) that Hale 'lost it' before ejecting himself.
Deakins' plan is to demand a ransom to return the bombs, otherwise he will destroy a city.
Terry Carmichael, played by Samantha Mathis, finds Hale after seeing the pilot eject from the stricken aircraft. She is suspicious at first and...,
Mission: Impossible (1996) is the first movie based on the television series Mission: Impossible. It was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The movie was the third highest grossing of the year. It was followed by 2000's Mission: Impossible II and 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is an agent who serves as a point man on a squad of intelligence operatives known as IMF, which is headed by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). The movie begins with the team assembling for a mission in Prague to stop a traitor from stealing the Non-official cover (NOC) list—a comprehensive list of all IMF agents in Eastern Europe which includes their call signs and their real names. The mission goes inexplicably wrong, apparently resulting in the assassinations of nearly the entire team, including Phelps, leaving Hunt the sole survivor.
Fleeing the scene, Hunt sets up a rendezvous with Agent Kittridge (Henry Czerny), a member of the CIA, at a café where he...,
True Lies is a 1994 action/comedy remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!. It was directed by James Cameron, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston and Art Malik. Eliza Dushku makes an early career appearance.
The movie begins, James Bond-style, as secret agent Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger) infiltrates the alpine chateau of an international arms smuggler. Harry's mission is to track down nuclear warheads stolen from Kazakhstan. He is aided by his fellow Omega Sector agents, Albert "Gib" Gibson (Arnold) and Faisil (Grant Heslov), who communicate with him from a computerized van. Inside the chateau, Tasker meets Juno Skinner (Carrere), an antiquities dealer, and the two dance the tango (over the song "Por Una Cabeza" - William Schimmel's version ) while Harry arranges an explosive escape.
In a twist for an action hero, Tasker has an ordinary home life. His wife, Helen (Curtis), is unaware that her husband is a spy...,
The Double 0 Kid is a 1992 adventure/comedy film, starring Corey Haim, Nicole Eggert and Brigitte Nielsen.
Tagline: His Weapons: A Super Soaker and a Joystick. His Mission: To Save the World... Before Dinner!
Lance, played by Corey Haim dreams of being a secret agent. Whilst using his hacking skills he comes in possession of a computer access card which a group of hackers need.
The Fourth Protocol is a [[1987 in film|1987 Film starring Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan, based on the The Fourth Protocol written by Frederick Forsyth.
The plot centres on a supposed secret East-West set of clauses which made up a 1968 agreement to halt nuclear proliferation. The fourth of these clauses, or Fourth Protocol, is the only one remaining. The protocol forbids the non-conventional delivery of a nuclear weapon to a target via, for example, the detonation of a portable device in close proximity to the target. The Chairman of the KGB plans to breach this protocol and destroy the NATO alliance by planting an agent (Brosnan) in England to assemble and detonate an atomic device. One of Britain's most astute spycatchers, Preston (Caine), discovers details of the plan and races against time to stop it.
The politics present in the book are not represented in the film, in which Kim Philby hatches a plan to topple the Conservative government and bring the unilateralist (at the...,
Jumpin' Jack Flash is a 1986 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, Carol Kane, John Wood, Annie Potts and Jonathan Pryce. It is the first movie that Penny Marshall directed.
Jumpin' Jack Flash is the story of Teresa "Terri" Dolittle (Goldberg), a fund transferer for First National Bank.
In her office she does not fit in. Her desk is full of funny ornaments and is very decorative.
She is often told off by her boss Mr. Paige for chatting in an informal manner to other bank computer workers around the globe.
One night she is contacted by a man calling himself "Jumpin' Jack Flash", who turns out to be a British spy stuck in a hostile country in eastern Europe. He appeals to Terri to help him return home safely, sending her on wacky and dangerous adventures all over New York.
The film was one of the first to feature online communications as a key part of the plot.
The soundtrack includes two versions of the song "Jumpin' Jack Flash"; one by Aretha Franklin, and the other by The...,
Spies Like Us is the name of a 1985 comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Donna Dixon. The movie presents the comic adventures of two novice intelligence agents sent to the Soviet Union, ostensibly to infiltrate Soviet ICBM technology.
Dan Aykroyd plays Austin Millbarge, a geekish, basement-dwelling codebreaker for the Pentagon, who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent. Chase is Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking pencil pusher who takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume is openly attempting to cheat.
Needing expendable agents to act as decoys to draw attention away from a more advanced team, the unnamed intelligence agency decides to enlist the two and promote them to the ranks of GLG20, Foreign Service Operatives, and put them through minimal training, then send them on an undefined mission into Soviet Central Asia. Meanwhile, professional...,
Condorman is a 1981 comedy/adventure film from Walt Disney Productions starring Michael Crawford.
Inspired by Robert Sheckley's The Game of X, Condorman follows comic book illustrator Woody Wilkins attempts to help a female Soviet spy defect.
In the opening scene, Woody is trying out a flying apparatus for his comic-book hero "Condorman", as he refuses to write about objects that could not actually exist in the real world. His friend Harry, a CIA agent, who Woody is currently visiting in Paris, documents the test. Launching off the Eiffel Tower, the flying suit briefly works, and then promptly a wing breaks, forcing a crash landing into the Seine River.
Harry is told by his boss, Russ, to find an American civilian to do a civilian paper swap in Istanbul. Harry recruits Woody, who dresses for the part by wearing a trenchcoat and enjoys the fact that the briefcase the documents are in is handcuffed to his arm.
In Istanbul Woody meets a beautiful Russian named Natalia, who poses as...,
Hopscotch is a 1980 American film directed by Ronald Neame and produced by Otto Plaschkes. It was written by Bryan Forbes and Brian Garfield, based on his novel of the same name.The film is a comedy starring Walter Matthau as Miles Kendig, a renegade CIA agent intent on publishing a memoir exposing the inner workings of the CIA and the KGB. Sam Waterston and Ned Beatty play Cutter and Myerson, the bumbling CIA agents repeatedly foiled in their attempts to capture him and stop the publication of the damaging memoir. Herbert Lom is Yaskov, the sympathetic KGB agent with an equal interest in his capture. Glenda Jackson plays Isobel von Schonenberg, his Austrian love interest who helps him stay one step ahead of his captors. Matthau's son David plays Ross, a bumbling junior CIA agent.The movie was received in a lukewarm manner by critics and was a moderate financial success during its release.After a sting operation in Munich, Kendig is summoned to Washington, where he...,
Last Embrace is a 1979 Hitchcockian thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. Based on the novel The 13th Man by Murray Teigh Bloom it stars Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin and Christopher Walken.Caged Heat • Crazy Mama •Fighting Mad •Handle with Care •Last Embrace •Melvin and Howard •Who Am I This Time? •Swing Shift •Stop Making Sense •Something Wild •Swimming to Cambodia •Haiti: Dreams of Democracy •Married to the Mob •The Silence of the Lambs •Cousin Bobby •Philadelphia •Beloved •Storefront Hitchcock •The Truth About Charlie •The Agronomist •The Manchurian Candidate •Neil Young: Heart of Gold,
Three Days of the Condor is a United States motion picture made in 1975. It was produced by Stanley Schneider and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay, by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel, was adapted from the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady.The movie is a suspense drama set in contemporary New York City, and is considered an exposition of the moral ambiguity of the actions of the United States government following the Vietnam War and Watergate. It stars Robert Redford as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency who inadvertently becomes involved in a deadly power struggle within the agency.The film was nominated for the 1976 Academy Award for Film Editing. Semple and Rayfiel received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.Joe Turner (Robert Redford) is a CIA employee who works in a clandestine office in New York City. He is not a field agent, and indeed is disdainful of Agency discipline; his job is to read...,
The Black Windmill is a British spy thriller released in 1974.It stars Michael Caine, John Vernon, Janet Suzman and Donald Pleasence, and was directed by the American Don Siegel.The screenplay by Leigh Vance is based on Clive Egleton's novel Seven Days to a Killing.The film was made, in part, on location at Clayton Windmills south of Burgess Hill, in West Sussex, England.The story involves a British secret service agent, John Tarrant (Caine), involved in an investigation against an international arms syndicate. Tarrant's son is kidnapped and held to ransom, leading Tarrant to discover that he cannot even rely on the people on his own side.The Verdict •Night Unto Night •The Big Steal •Duel at Silver Creek •Count the Hours •China Venture •Riot in Cell Block 11 •Private Hell 36 •The Blue and Gold •Invasion of the Body Snatchers •Crime in the Streets •Baby Face Nelson •Spanish Affair •The Gun Runners •The Lineup •Hound Dog Man •Edge of Eternity •Flaming Star •Hell Is for Heroes •The...,
A book written by Sam Greenlee in 1969. It was made into a film in 1973. An explosive, award-winning novel in the black literary tradition, "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" is both a satire of the civil rights problems in the United States in the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman, the "spook who sat by the door," is enlisted in the CIA's elitist espionage program as its token black. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Chicago blacks as "Freedom Fighters." As a story of one man's reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy, the book is autobiographical and personal. As a tale of a man's reaction to oppression, it is universal.It also reflects the CIA's odd tradition of giving training to persons and/or groups that later use what they have learned against them."The Spook Who Sat by the Door" takes place in the early 1970’s in Chicago. Dan Freeman (Lawrence Cook) is a black nationalist who is enlisted in the CIA...,
The Wrecking Crew, released in 1969 and starring Dean Martin and Elke Sommer, is the fourth and final film in a series of American comedy-spy-fi theatrical releases featuring Martin as secret agent Matt Helm. As with the previous three movies (The Silencers, Murderers' Row and The Ambushers), the film is based only loosely upon Donald Hamilton's 1960 novel of the same title and takes great liberties with the plot and characters, being developed as a spoof of the James Bond films. The Wrecking Crew was the second Helm novel published and the earliest of the books to be adapted.
In a plotline reminiscent of the Bond novel/film, Goldfinger, Helm is assigned by his secret agency, ICE, to bring down an evil count who is trying to collapse the world economy by stealing gold. Along the way, Helm is reluctantly partnered with a British agent played by Sharon Tate in one of her final appearances on film before her murder at the hands of Charles Manson's followers. Chuck Norris makes his film...,
Billion-Dollar Brain 1966, ISBN 0-09-985710-3, is a spy novel by Len Deighton. In 1967 it was cinematically adapted with the un-hyphenated title Billion Dollar Brain, directed by Ken Russell and starring Michael Caine.It is the fourth Len Deighton spy novel featuring an anonymous British secret agent working in the WOOC(P) intelligence agency. It follows The IPCRESS File (1962), Horse Under Water (1963), and Funeral in Berlin (1964). The cinematic protagonist of The IPCRESS File and Funeral in Berlin is named 'Harry Palmer' and portrayed by Michael Caine.Like many of Len Deighton's other novels, the plot of Billion-Dollar Brain is intricate, with many film noir-style dead ends. The film version is not faithful to the novels' plot and characters.The eponymous billion-dollar brain is a 1960s supercomputer, operated by a private American intelligence agency known as "Facts for Freedom" (FFF), run by a General Midwinter. The Brain is used to optimize the operations of the FFF's agents....,
In Like Flint is a 1967 sequel to the spy film, Our Man Flint (1966). James Coburn returns to the role of Derek Flint, a James Bond-like spy. Lee J. Cobb reprises his role as Flint's boss Lloyd C. Cramden.
The world is in trouble again, and Z.O.W.I.E. chief Lloyd Cramden once again turns to the brilliant, but non-conformist, Derek Flint to help him make things right.
The president has been kidnapped and replaced with an imposter. Turncoats have infiltrated the organization, and Cramden has been framed in a compromising position. The only people he can trust are his personal aide, and ex-Superspy Derek Flint. On top of all that, a group of women think they can run things better than the men have.
Lloyd approaches Flint when he "loses" three minutes on his stopwatch during a golf match with the President, and is shocked to find him attended by three new playmates. Flint explains that there were actually five at one time, but he is "trying to cut down." His former girlfriends are now all...,
Danger!! Death Ray, also known by its original Italian title as Il Raggio infernale which translates to “The Infernal Beam,” is a secret agent spy film created in Italy and released in 1967 during the wide popularity of the James Bond films and many subsequently created spy films of the 1960s. It is also known as Nest of Spies, and Death Ray.Scientist Jean Karl Michael invents a Death Ray to show a group of European NATO-ites, for peaceful purposes according to him. As he is demonstrating it, a group of agents disguised as officials steal the death ray, kidnap the scientist, and escape by car under the cover of night, then by helicopter which lands on a submarine and is discarded as the submarine submerges. About to go on vacation, Agent Bart Fargo is given the assignment, by his boss, of retrieving the death ray and saving the scientist. He travels to Madrid, Spain on a lead to find an evil organization that may be behind this. Rooting out a nest of spies in an ever enclosing trail,...,
The Ambushers is a 1967 science fiction spy comedy film starring Dean Martin and Senta Berger. It is loosely based upon the novel of the same title by Donald Hamilton.
The film was the third of four produced in the late 1960s starring Martin as secret agent Matt Helm. It followed The Silencers and Murderers' Row and like those earlier films followed the approach of being a spoof of the James Bond film series rather than a straight adaptation of Hamilton's novel. It was followed by one final film, The Wrecking Crew in 1969.
This film is generally considered the weakest of the four Matt Helm films, and is cited in the book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time by Harry and Michael Medved.
When a government built flying saucer is hijacked mid-flight by Jose Ortega the exiled ruler for an outlaw nation secret agent Matt Helm and the ships former pilot Sheila Sommars are sent to recover it. Along the way they must deal with Ortega's henchmen, Fracesca Madeiros (an operative for Helm's main...,
OK Connery is a 1967 Italian spoof of the James Bond series of films. It was retitled Operation Kid Brother in the United States and is also known as Operation Double 007 and Secret Agent 00. The basic plot of the film is that England’s best secret agent is not available, so his younger brother is brought in to defeat the evil crime syndicate Thanatos.The younger brother, played by Neil Connery, is in actuality the younger brother of the then-current portrayer of James Bond, Sean Connery and strongly resembles Sean, except that in this film he sports a beard. Neil Connery’s voice is dubbed by an actor with an American accent. Although the “kid brother” of the title — who is actually referred to by the name Connery in this film — has little in the way of secret agent skills, he is an expert at hypnotism as well as some deadly martial arts.OK Connery was essentially designed to profit from the spy craze of the 1960s fueled by the James Bond series of novels and films. In September 1993,...,
Funeral in Berlin is a spy novel by Len Deighton.
The subject of the novel — arranging a Soviet scientist's defection — is dated, but the characters (especially Johnny Vulkan and Colonel Stok) remain memorable. Another controversial character is the civil servant Hallam, who is shown to be susceptible to blackmail because he is homosexual; male homosexuality remained illegal in England until 1967.
Compare current (2006) attitudes to public safety and product liability with what happened forty years ago.
The novel's publication created a bizarre legal fight. In the UK, when the novel was written, fireworks were only commonly used at bonfire parties to celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night, held on 5th November. Most bonfire parties took place at people's homes. Every year, people - especially children and animals - were hurt by fireworks, and every year there were discussions in the media about the risks from fireworks, and calls for the general sale of fireworks to be banned.
In the climax of...,
Modesty Blaise was a comedic spy-fi motion picture produced in the United Kingdom and released worldwide in 1966. It was loosely based upon the popular comic strip Modesty Blaise by Peter O'Donnell, who wrote the original story and scenario upon which Evan Jones based his screenplay. The film's theme song was composed by Johnny Dankworth.
The film was released at the height of two cinematic trends: the popularity of James Bond had spawned a number of similarly themed films, and many of these films rather than being serious spy adventures were instead created as parodies of Bond and his genre. Director Joseph Losey and the screenwriters chose to follow the latter approach, by making Modesty Blaise a campy, sometimes surrealistic comedy-adventure.
The film story sees former crime boss Modesty Blaise (played by Italian actress Monica Vitti) being recruited by a branch of British Intelligence to help prevent a diamond theft, which leads to Blaise getting into conflict with Gabriel (Dirk...,
Our Man Flint is a 1966 action film which stars James Coburn as Derek Flint. Directed by Daniel Mann, the premise of the film is that a trio of mad scientists attempt to blackmail the world with a weather-control machine.
Derek Flint is a rough parody of James Bond, whose franchise had gained momentum in the 1960s with Sean Connery representing the British super-agent on the silver screen. Common traits for the two are:
Super-cool spy Derek Flint, ex-agent of Z.O.W.I.E. (the Zonal Organization for World Intelligence and Espionage), is lured out of retirement to deal with the threat of Galaxy, a world-wide organization led by a trio of Utopian mad scientists: Doctor Krupov, Doctor Wu, and Doctor Schneider. Despairing of the world's governments ever getting their acts together, they demand that the governments all capitulate to Galaxy. To enforce their demands, they initiate earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, and other natural disasters with their climate-control apparatus.
The Silencers is the title of an American secret agent comedy motion picture produced in 1966 and starring Dean Martin as agent Matt Helm. It is only loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Donald Hamilton.The film was the first of four produced between 1966 and 1969 starring Martin. Whereas Hamilton's books were generally serious spy novels about a former Second World War assassin who is recruited to continue killing for an American government agency, the film versions were more light-hearted spy romps spoofing the James Bond series in the same spirit as Our Man Flint, and have been named as direct inspirations for the Austin Powers spy spoofs of the 1990s and early 2000s.The Silencers borrows a plot element from the first Helm novel, Death of a Citizen, as it begins with the agent being coaxed out of retirement. Helm's mission: to stop an evil organization called "Big O" from exploding an atomic bomb over New Mexico.Co-starring with Martin are Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi,...,
Agent for H.A.R.M. is a 1966 science fiction spy thriller directed by Gerd Oswald and starring Peter Mark Richman. It is one of a number of spy thrillers of the time which have conspicuous sci-fi elements. In this case it is the inclusion of deadly spores which turn people into creatures made of fungus.It was originally intended that this film would act as the television pilot for a new spy series. However, it was later decided that it should be given a theatrical release instead.Adam Chance (Peter Mark Richman), works for an American agency, H.A.R.M. (Human Aetiological Relations Machine). He is assigned to protect Dr. Jan Steffanic (Carl Esmond), a recent Soviet defector who has developed a new weapon which fires spores which upon contact with skin slowly eat the body away.Following Dr Steffanic's arrival in the US he is taken into protective custody by H.A.R.M. and is placed in a beach house along with his niece and Agent Chance to develop a spore antidote. Here he reveals the ...,
The Deadly Affair is a 1966 British espionage-thriller film, based on the story, Call for the Dead, by John Le Carré. The film stars James Mason, Harry Andrews, Simone Signoret and Maximilian Schell and was directed by Sidney Lumet from a script by Paul Dehn.
George Smiley, the central character of the novel and many other of Le Carré's books, is renamed Charles Dobbs.
Charles Dobbs is a British secret agent investigating the apparent suicide of Foreign Office official Samuel Fennan. Dobbs suspects that Fennan's wife, Elsa, a survivor of a Nazi Germany extermination camp, might have some clues, but other officials want Dobbs to drop the case. So Dobbs hires a retiring inspector, Mendel, to quietly make inquiries. As they uncover some horrible implications, Dobbs also discovers that his wife Ann has been having an affair with a colleague, Dieter Frey.
Se Tutte le Donne del Mondo (International title: If All the Women in the World) is a James Bond spoof movie released in 1966. In most of the world, the English title was If All the Women in the World. It was released in the U.S. a year later with the title Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, the film was directed by Henry Levin director of two Matt Helm films and Arduino Maiuri. It starred Mike Connors of Mannix fame who had been a leading contender for the role of Matt Helm, Dorothy Provine and Terry-Thomas.
This film was rushed to release to avoid colliding with another, better-known, James Bond spoof, Casino Royale.
The plot of this movie is similar to the James Bond film Moonraker, which was released 13 years later.
A Brazilian industrialist plans on sterilizing the human race through the use of his satellite. He then plans to personally repopulate the planet with beautiful women he has kidnapped and holding in suspended animation. A down-to...,
The film was the second of four produced in the late 1960s starring Martin as secret agent Matt Helm, and like its predecessor The Silencers, took a much more light-hearted approach to the source material, treating it more as a gadget-laden spoof of James Bond films than Hamilton's original serious spy story.
The film begins with Helm faking is own death in order to track down and kill Dr. Solaris, who has developed a powerful laser beam capable of mass destruction. (The next year's Bond film, You Only Live Twice, would also begin by faking the lead character's demise.)
Co-starring with Martin are Ann-Margret as "Suzie Solaris", Karl Malden as Julian Wall - a villain with a metal nose - and Richard Eastham as Dr. Solaris. Dino, Desi, & Billy, a popular rock and roll group of the day which featured Martin's real-life son, Dean Paul Martin, makes a guest appearance.
Murderers' Row was followed by The Ambushers (1967) and The Wrecking Crew (1969). A fifth film, The Ravagers, was...,
The IPCRESS File was the first spy novel by Len Deighton, published in 1962.
It was made into a film in 1965 produced by Harry Saltzman and directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine as the protagonist.
The plot involves mind control: the acronym IPCRESS stands for "Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned R eflex under str ESS". The novel also includes scenes in Lebanon and on an atoll for a US atomic bomb test, as well as information about Joe One, although these elements were not in the film version.
Deighton's protagonist, as in all sequels, is nameless. He works for some secret agency of the government, but has a great deal of autonomy. He is quite paranoid about his situation. He keeps an "escape package" containing money, a false passport and other documents, circulating in the mail. Once a week he picks up the package from an accommodation address, a seedy London shop, and re-mails it to that address in a fresh envelope.
He is also a gourmet who enjoys good...,
The Satan Bug (1965) is a science fiction film in which a US government germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug, because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen. The film was loosely adapted from Alistair MacLean's 1962 novel The Satan Bug.It was also one of the first espionage films to follow the lead of the wildly popular James Bond films that set the tone for action/adventure films of the '60s and early '70s. In contrast with the Bond spy thrillers, however, The Satan Bug was a serious attempt by director John Sturges to go in a different direction from his previous all-star blockbusters (The Magnificent Seven, 1960, and The Great Escape, 1963). Indeed, while it is hard to conceive of a film like Goldfinger (1964) without a major star in the lead role, The Satan Bug actually benefits from the lack of...,
Electra (Orig. Ilektra) is a Greek film released in 1962, based on the play, Electra, written by Euripides. It was directed by Michael Cacoyannis, and it starred Irene Papas in the lead role as Elektra, and Yannis Fertis as Orestis.Electra (1962 film) at the Internet Movie Database...,
The 39 Steps is a 1959 thriller directed by Ralph Thomas, starring Kenneth More and Taina Elg, based on the novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.
It was the first colour version of the popular tale, and has much higher production values than the previous 1935 Hitchcock version, though several large setpieces (such as Hannay's escape from the train on the Forth Rail Bridge and the music hall finale) and much of the original dialogue are taken from the original film.
Coming to the assistance of a nanny who is almost killed during a bungled hit-and-run assassination attempt, Richard Hannay (More) is surprised to find that there is no baby in her pram. Curious, he meets her at the Palace music hall where she has gone to see the act of Mr Memory (James Hayter). Afterwards, she goes back to Hannay's flat with him, where she reveals that she is a spy working for British Intelligence following a group called "The Thirty-Nine Steps"; all they know about their elusive leader is that he...,
Some Girls Do is the second of the revamped Bulldog Drummond films made following the success of the James Bond films of the 1960's. It was directed by Ralph Thomas and released in 1969.The film stars Richard Johnson as the detective. Johnson had played the role in the earlier film Deadlier Than the Male (1966). The movie replicated the earlier film's formula of having Drummond's nemesis Carl Petersen backed up by two sexy villainesses. This time round, the bad girls were Baroness Helga, played by Daliah Lavi, and Pandora, played by Beba Loncar. Sydne Rome provided back-up for Drummond as a sexy hanger-on named Flicky.Drummond is hired after a series of inexplainable accidents befall the people and companies who are responsible for developing the world's first supersonic airliner, the SST1. Drummond, with the help of another agent, uncovers a plot by a mastermind named Carl Petersen, who stands to gain eight million pounds if the aircraft is not ready by a certain date. Petersen has...,
North by Northwest (1959) is a comic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock produced at MGM. It was premiered in the San Sebastian International Film Festival. It is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across America by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out some microfilm (the MacGuffin).The film stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Leo G. Carroll, and Martin Landau. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures". It is one of several Hitchcock movies with a film score by Bernard Herrmann. The film features a famous title sequence by the graphic designer Saul Bass.A Madison Avenue advertising executive, Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), is mistaken for a government agent named George Kaplan. He is seized by two enemy agents at New York City’s Plaza Hotel and taken to the house of Lester Townsend. There he is interrogated by a man...,
Carve Her Name with Pride is a 1958 British motion picture drama based on the book of the same name by R.J. Minney. Set during World War II, the film is based on the true story of the heroism of Special Operations Executive agent Violette Szabo.The film includes the reading of the poem The Life That I Have, written by Leo Marks and given to Szabo as she left for a mission in Nazi occupied France.The uncredited part played by Michael Caine (a prisoner on a German prison train bombed by the RAF who leans forward and calls to Violette Szabo for water) in real life was the war hero F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas (as recorded by Leo Marks in Chapter 76 of his book Between Silk and Cyanide).Up-and-coming cast member:...,