Ian Fleming didn’t intend James Bond to be likeable . . .

“I didn’t intend for Bond to be likeable. He’s a blunt instrument in the hands of the government. He’s got vices and few perceptible virtues.” Ian Fleming.

Here's proof from the James Bond movies that Ian Fleming is absolutely correct - James Bond is not a likeable spy!

Is James Bond a bad guy? Is James Bond a good guy?

Die Another Day

Die Another Day, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Pierce BrosnanDie Another Day was Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as Bond, released in 2002, and was Eon Production’s 20th Bond movie.   Considered the weakest Brosnan movie as Bond. It involves another plot to destroy the world, this time with a space-based weapon system controlled by Gustav Graves. There is some connection between this North Korean terrorist, Graves, and diamonds.  Someone is using these diamonds to basically fund the development of this space weapon.

It begins with Bond having been captured and imprisoned in North Korea for quite a while before some deal is made to free him in exchange for another agent.  Bond thinks someone in his own agency betrayed him, and so after escaping pursues Zao, the agent who got Bond imprisoned. 

After meeting Jinx (Halle Barry) he discovers a connection between Graves and Zao – and the funding of this deadly space weapon.

Bond must save the day and ultimately does with some help.

The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Pierce BrosnanThe World is Not Enough launched in 1999, Pierce Brosnan’ s third outing as Bond, and involves Bond assigned to protect an oil heiress (Electra – played by Sophie Marceau), from threats – because her father was killed and was a friend of M’s – but Bond uncovers a scheme that involves a nuclear plot.  Eon’s 19th Bond film.

The ultimate villain is a guy with a bullet in his brain and so he feels no pain.   Electra is not what she seems, and Bond figures it all out with a great ending scene on a submarine.   Bond is pretty brutal in this one.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Pierce BrosnanTomorrow Never Dies – a 1997 release and Eon’s 18th Bond movie, stars Pierce Brosnan in his second outing as Bond.  Originally was going to be called Tomorrow Never Lies.  

It’s about a media mogul – Elliot Carver played by Jonathan Pierce – who wants to dominate the world with his news organization – reaching everywhere and being the dominant source.  Of course, China will not allow this and so Carver wants to orchestrate tension between the western world and China so that the threat of war will be in the news.  

So, Bond has to stop all of this – the world does not need another war.   So, he gets help from a Chines agent, Wai Lin (played by Michelle Yeoh) and the rest is how they stop Carver and infiltrate his organization and destroy his plan.

GoldenEye

Goldeneye, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Pierce BrosnanGoldenEye, released in 1995 and Eon Productions 17th Bond film, pits a former MI6 agent 006 – Alec Trevelyan, against Bond and the world.   Of course, Alec has help with his cohort, Xenia Onatopp – a skilled assassin.  There is this space weapon, named GoldenEye, that must be dealt with before the Russian syndicate uses it to threaten the world.   

There are reasons Trevelyan wants revenge on the Britain for betraying his parents.  This is a solid movie, with great action, beautiful women like Natalya of course, and interesting characters like Boris Grishenko, a programmer.

Pierce Brosnan is the new James Bond and will star in a total of 4 Bond movies – this perhaps his best.  

Licence to Kill

Licence to Kill, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Timothy DaltonLicence to Kill, released in 1989, was Timothy Dalton’s second and last appearance as James Bond, and Eon Productions 16th Bond movie. 

While on holiday on the Florida Keys, for Felix Leiter’s marriage to Della, Leiter is informed that a drug lord, Franz Sanchez, was entering US airspace – and the pre-title sequence, one of the best, begins with delaying the wedding in pursuit of Sanchez.

Sanchez, played brilliantly by Robert Davi, escapes and the rest of the movie is about trying to capture Sanchez and inflict revenge on him for killing Della and feeding Leiter to the sharks. Bond goes rogue and tries to avenge his friend’s injuries and wife’s death.   It is a simple story, played out beautifully in the Florida Keys, especially in Key West, and then in Mexico.  Infiltration, deceit, beautiful women who help, drugs, explosions, and fire!

The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Timothy DaltonThe Living Daylights introduces Timothy Dalton as the new James Bond, releasing in 1987, the 15th in the Eon Production series. 

Bond is helping a Russian, Goergi Koskov, defect to the west – but things get more complicated when Koskov is recaptured at a British safe house.  The plot gets more complex with Bond in Afghanistan, a weapons deal that is uncovered, drug lords, beautiful women, and General Pushkin and other Russians.

No Time to Die

No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond, and wasn’t released until 2021.  Bond is retired in Jamaica, is brought out of retirement by Felix Leiter who wants his help for a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist, and MI6 eventually reinstalls his 007 moniker.

There is a lot in this movie, including Madeleine Swann again – and her history with an evil man who killed her mother, her love interest with Bond is frontstage and Spectre and Blofeld and everything else is in this movie.   The evil Lyutsifer Safin is the ultimate villain who Bond must defeat before his deadly technology wreaks havoc on the world.   And so, we see what happens to Bond, his daughter – yeah, he has one – and the rest of the group.   Great action scenes, Paloma (Ana de Armis) is awesome, and Bond succeeds – or does he?   If you have seen the movie already, “Cheers.” 

Spectre

SPECTRE, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Daniel CraigSpectre, considered the worst of the Daniel Craig Bond movies and the 24th entry by Eon Productions, was released in 2015. Yes, Blofeld is back – and with a disturbing revelation.  And so, Spectre is back as well.  

Though M from Skyfall is dead, a video messages asks Bond to do her a favor and kill Sciara.  The pre-title is a brilliant one, taking place in Mexico City. 

This leads Bond to Rome and his discovery of Spectre – run by Blofeld. 

He finds Mr. White (who we met in Casino Royale) – who is basically hiding out after deserting Spectre – and he kills himself as he has been poisoned by Spectre anyway, and wants Bond to save his daughter, Madeleine Swann.

So, Bond investigates Spectre, discovers Blofeld’s secret connection to Bond and the chilling ending.

Skyfall

Skyfall, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Daniel CraigSkyfall, released in 2012, is often ranked at Daniel Craig’s second-best Bond movie, behind Casino Royale, and Eon Productions 23rd Bond movie.   The jury is still out on No Time to Die.    In Skyfall, the real identities of all of MI6’s agents has been stolen.  Patrice is the guy to chase – a great pre-title sequence in this movie – and when MI6 HQ is blown up, Bond who has been missing and thought dead – returns to help.   Patrice leads Bond to Silva – the ultimate bad guy, who has a vendetta to eliminate M (Judi Dench). 

 

The rest is Bond’s attempt to protect M, and the ultimate showdown at Skyfall, the name of James Bond’s home when he was a child.

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Daniel CraigDaniel Craig returns as James Bond in Quantum of Solace, released in 2008, which is the first direct continuation story in the Bond franchise, and the 22nd Bond movie by Eon Productions.   It picks up directly where Casino Royale left off – with the capture of Mr. White.

In this mission, Bond is to investigate a Dominic Green who is manipulating his way to control the water supply in Bolivia.  Floating on the surface of all this, is his longing to avenge Vesper Lynd’s death. 

Full of intrigue, plane chases, exotic locations, explosions, beautiful woman who have a history with the President of Bolivia and Bond trying to do the right thing.

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Daniel CraigCasino Royale, released in 2006 by Eon Productions, it’s 21st Bond film, rebooted the series with another new James Bond, Daniel Craig, now earning his 00 status here.   The script sticks closely to the Ian Fleming novel and is a masterpiece of suspense involving big-stakes Casino gambling at Casino Royale in Montenegro., Le Chifre, a terrorist money manager, who is trying to recoup money he was to invest for war lords in Uganga, Vesper Lynd – Bond’s love interest, we meet Mr. White, Rene Mathis and others along the way.  And a big ending.

Often rated one of the best James Bond movies ever, Casino Royale (2006) takes us all over the globe from Prague, Uganda, Madagascar the Bahamas and more.

James Bond’s A VIEW TO A KILL – Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

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James Bond’s A VIEW TO A KILL – Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

Join agents Dan, Tom and Vicky as they decode and uncover new discoveries and connections in the pre-title sequence to A View to a Kill!

A dead MI6 agent, Micro-chips, icy boats, Bond chased on skies, Beluga caviar and vodka shaken – all in the pre-title sequence of A VIEW TO A KILL!

Join undercover agents Dan, Tom and Vicky as they decode and uncover new discoveries and connections in this solid pre-title sequence!

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In this episode, we examine the following from A View to a Kill:

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  • Willy Bogner
  • White Parkas
  • Snowboards and Tom Sims
  • California Girls
  • What is a piste?
  • The title sequence
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A View to a Kill

A VBiew to A Kill, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger MooreThis 1985 installment of the James Bond series was the last helmed by Roger Moore.

Once again we are treated to a megalomaniac, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken).  This time, instead of wanting to destroy the world, he wants to corner the  burgeoning important microchip industry. He will need to destroy Silicon Valley in California in order to achieve success.

Zorin’s henchwoman, May Day, is played by Grace Jones who has a very impressive wardrobe. May Day has an impressive escape from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Zorin needs to buy an oil business from Stacy Sutton (Tanya Roberts) who is also a geologist.  She helps Bond in figuring out Zorin’s plot.

Octopussy

Octopussy editorial content, 007, James Bond, EON Production movies, spy movie podcasts, espionage, Roger MooreOctopussy was the 1983 installment of the James Bond series, starring Roger Moore as Bond.

An agent dies with a Fabergé egg which leads to an operation to unearth Octopussy’s (Maud Adams) smuggling operation.  This operation was a cover for a planned nuclear attack.

Louis Jourdan gives a strong performance as Kamal Khan, the lead villain in the movie.   Khan is supported by his henchman Gobinda (Kabir Bedi).  The soviet contingent is lead by Orlov (Steven Berkoff).

Much of this movie was filmed in India, bringing the Bond audience to another exotic location. The pretitle scene with Bond flying a micro-jet were filmed in Utah in the US.

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger MooreFor Your Eyes Only was the James Bond movie released in 1981. It stars Roger Moore, returning in the role of James Bond.

James Bond needs to find a device called Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC) which was in a submarine that had sunk.  The soviets find out about the missing ATAC so a race to find it ensues.

Bond must also deal with a man named Milos Columbo and one named Kristatos.  One of these men is an ally and one is the enemy.  James Bond must figure out who is the ally as he isn’t sure for a while in the movie.

Moonraker

Moonraker editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger MooreMoonraker is the title of the 1979 James Bond movie stars Roger Moore as James Bond.  It starts with a space shuttle being stolen while being transported.

Megalomaniac Hugo Drax plans to use space shuttles to help him create a master race of genetically perfect humans.  These people are brought to a space station. The plan is that all the people on earth will be poisoned and die.   Drax can then bring his master race back to earth and repopulate the earth.

Obviously Bond needs to stop this.

Moonraker was heavily influenced by Star Wars which came out 2 years earlier. The whole space station and the fighting in space likely wouldn’t have happened in Moonraker, had Star Wars never existed.

The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger MooreThe Spy Who Loved Me – James Bond (Roger Moore) is pitted against Karl Stromberg who is yet another megalomaniac in the series. Stromberg wants to live under the sea after destroying the world.

Bond has to joins forces with Anya Amasova, also known as Triple X, a soviet agent to stop Stromberg from succeeding.  Well, join forces is a bit of a stretch as they do not trust each other, but they need each other.

The Spy Who Loved Me is also where we meet the fantastic henchman, Jaws and the Lotus Espirit that can transform into a submarine.

The Man With The Golden Gun

The Man With the Golden Gun, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger Moore

The Man With The Golden Gun – This 1974 movie pits James Bond (Roger Moore) against Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) and his golden gun. Scaramanga is the world’s most expensive hit man and James Bond is on his list.

As part of the plot, James Bond must find a solar energy device that is planned to be put to nefarious use.

Along the way, we get to see the beauty of Thailand and China. Bond meets Scaramanga’s henchman, Nick Nack (Hervé Villachaize), Andrea Anders (Maude Adams), Miss Goodnight (Britt Ekland), and is reunited with J.W. Pepper (Clifton James) who he met in Live and Let Die.

The Man With The Golden Gun has one of the best car jump stunts in any James Bond movie.


Octopussy’s Turban Expert – Del Singh – A video interview

Who knew? When Octopussy was being made, they found they needed someone who could tie a turban for Gobinda. And they were in Peterborough, England in 1983. Sounds like a challenge. Dan and Tom talk with Del Singh about how he ended up taking on this job with his brother. He also talks about working on Octopussy and some of the challenges he witnessed while they were filming. So, in honor of the 39th anniversary of the US release of Octopussy, let's look behind the scenes. Subscribe! Comments: info@spymovienavigator.com    
Octopussy’s Turban Expert – an interview with Del Singh

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Octopussy’s Turban Expert – an interview with Del Singh

Dan and Tom walk with Del Singh about his experience in working on OCTOPUSSY as a turban expert.  Fun Stuff!

Costumes can make or break a movie.  Eon Productions were struggling when filming Octopussy.  They couldn’t get the turbans to both look right and stay on the actor’s heads during actions scenes.  To make it even more of a challenge, they were filming near Peterborough England. What do do?

They found a turban expert, Del Singh, who happened to live in Peterborough.

Listen to this episode to hear Dan and Tom talk with Del about his experience in working on Octopussy.  Fun Stuff!

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In this interview with Del Singh, we discuss his experience with Octopussy.

  • How Eon Productions found him (this is fun)
  • How Del’s Sikh background helped him
  • Meeting Roger Moore
  • Why Del’s turbans were used and the different styles
  • What Del did during filming
  • He made HOW MUCH?
  • Roger Moore’s answers to the press about Connery’s return in Never Say Never Again
  • Dangerous stunts
  • Bond women – and a 20-year old’s impressions of working with them
  • Kabir Bedi, who played Gobinda and interactions with Del then and recently
  • And more …

 

 


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Join Dan and Tom as they continue their search for more ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE filming locations in Portugal – this time, the road where Tracy is killed right after they leave their wedding reception!

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James Bond’s OCTOPUSSY Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

Join Dan, Tom and Vicky as they decode and take apart the pre-title sequence of Octopussy!

 

Bond in Latin American – again – women, impersonations, horses, min-jets, explosions, mustaches, a horse’s butts and more Moore quips in the Pre-Title Sequence to, Octopussy!

Is that micro- jet a real jet?

A Dirty Dozen reference? Goldfinger? Take a listen and see how the fake Colonel Toro does!

Join Dan, Tom and Vicky as they decode and take apart the pre-title sequence of Octopussy!

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  • The type of horse competition shown
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Dan’s Top 10 James Bond Movies for SpyMovieNavigator.com

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Here are my current top 10 James Bond movies.  I am not including No Time to Die here. . .. it is too tough to decide where to put that.   
  1. GoldenEye
    Pierce Brosnan’s best outing as Bond and best screenwriting for a Brosnan Bond movie.  A solid storyline and I loved Sean Bean as an ex-MI6 OO being a terrific villain.      
  1. Skyfall
Skyfall, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Daniel Craig     Daniel Craig’s second-best outing, a great storyline, a terrific villain in Silva, and the end of M which was heart-wrenching.  Good sets and much of James Bond's back story is revealed.      
  1. Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die, 007, James Bond, EON Production movies, spy movie podcasts, espionage, Roger Moore     Roger Moore’s first outing as Bond was a solid one, though dated with character representations and clothing – but loved the storyline, pre-title sequence, and acting was superb with Jane Seymour and Yaphet Kotto.        
  1. For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger Moore     I just love this movie. The villains are real and believable, Carole Bouquet is fabulous, it's a solid outing for Roger Moore, beautiful scenery at Meteora and elsewhere.   Plus, a tie-back in the pre-title sequence to Bond’s late wife, Tracy as Bond drops flowers on her grave.  This is a solid Bond outing.   Love it!     
  1. The Spy Who Loved Me
The Spy Who Loved Me editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Roger Moore   There is little not to like about this Roger Moore Bond movie.   The settings in Egypt / Middle East, Sardinia Italy – are all fabulous.   Jaws!  Yeah – and Barbara Bach and Caroline Munro – nice.   OK, Stromberg wanting to start a world war so he could build an under the sea world is a bit of a stretch – but there are megalomaniacs everywhere!      
  1. Licence To Kill
Licence to Kill, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Timothy Dalton   Alright, this is not in a lot of people’s Top 10, but for me, this is a terrific second outing for Timothy Dalton.  Robert Davi as the villain is so real, so natural, so evil yet so likable.   Benicio del Toro – as Dario – frightening!  I think Carey Lowell had a solid outing as well as a tough Bond girl who can handle herself and save Bond’s butt a few times.        
  1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, George Lazenby     Fabulous story, very close to the Fleming novel, and a unique outing for Bond as he marries.   This is so well done on so many levels, and we think George Lazenby did a great job as Bond, bringing a new dimension to 007.   Telly Savalas as Blofeld is one of my favorites.  It has grown in popularity over the years and it should continue to do so.   A great Bond movie!    
  1. Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Daniel Craig     Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond is an absolute home run.   The story holds closely to the novel.  Daniel Craig and the entire cast are just outstanding, as are the cinematography, location shots, casino scenes, and locations.   This IS one of the best – and I think will remain so.    
  1. From Russia with Love
From Russia With Love, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Sean Connery   Yes, you can look for flaws, and continuity errors – but this is my second favorite Bond movie – and sometimes I want to move it into number one!  There is not a weak spot in this movie, the plot is believable (getting the Lektor) and the cast is stunning;  Daniela Bianchi, Robert Shaw, and Pedro Armendáriz (one of my all-time favorite Bond allies) – are all just brilliant.       
  1. Goldfinger 
Goldfinger, editorial content, 007, James Bond, spy movie podcasts, EON Production movies, espionage, Sean Connery     Number one and fabulous.  The entire storyline, changed from the novel but I think for the better, is fabulous.   Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) is a first-rate villain, and Oddjob (Harold Sakata) is a perfect dedicated killer for Goldfinger.   Pussy Galore – ah, Honor Blackman just perfection.  Great sets – Goldfinger’s man cave is one of the best sets ever created – Ken Adam was a genius.   
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ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE – On Location – Wedding Reception and Bull Ring

Dan and Tom find two more ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE filming locations - Draco's mansion and the bullring.

 

Dan and Tom search & find two more ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE filming locations – two of the best – in Portugal:  Draco’s mansion where the Bond/Tracy wedding reception takes place, AND the bullring where Draco’s birthday party happens, and Bond & Tracy begin to fall in love!

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James Bond’s FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

Fly with us through the Pre-Title and Title sequences of the James Bond movie, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY!

 

A cemetery, a special grave, a Universal Exports helicopter being flown by remote control, chasing down a bald man in a wheelchair and down he gooooooooes!

Fly with us through the Pre-Title and Title sequences of the James Bond movie, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY!

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  • Does the placement of the flowers mean something?
  • Where is the cemetery?
  • The minister seems sinister
  • Who is that guy in the wheelchair
  • Flying through buildings
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MOONRAKER – Pre-Title Sequence DECODED!

Dan Silvestri, Tom Pizzato, and Vicky Hodges decode the pre-title sequence of Moonraker.

 

Space shuttles! Airplanes! Parachutes! Skydiving! Circuses! Jaws! Explosions! Plans to kill Bond . . . and a beautiful woman!

Can shuttles fly? Is Bond really on his last leg? Whatever happened to that leg?!

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  • Bond on his last leg
  • Where did Jaws come from?
  • The great aerial stunts in this scene
  • How the 1969 movie The Gypsy Moths likely inspired part of this pre-title sequence
  • A costume tie-in to real 18th century attire
  • And more …

 

 

 


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Spy Movie News – January 25, 2022

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Here’s our Spy Movie News for January 25, 2022!    Bond IMAX and VFX, Mission Impossible - really!, Blacklight, The Bricklayer, Conmen, Eraser: Reborn, The 355, Miénteme, Red Notice, To Catch a Thief, and more!

ONLY ONE SPY MOVIE SCHEDULED TO RELEASE IN FEBRUARY 2022

We have one new spy movie scheduled for a theatrical release in February 2022 in the US.  Liam Neeson stars in Blacklight.   As the official website, BlacklightMov.com says,” In BLACKLIGHT, LIAM NEESON is Travis Block, an operative whose discovery of a dark secret pits him against the FBI director he once swore to protect.” The US release date is February 11.  So, we get a 2/11/22 release date.  There is a staggard release date worldwide, so you’ll need to watch for it in your country.  

UPCOMING SPY MOVIES

So, on to the news of spy movies in development.  We’re not sure when we’ll see them, but we are looking forward to their releases.

The Bricklayer

Aaron Eckhart has signed for the upcoming spy movie The Bricklayer.   According to Deadline.com, In The Bricklayer, someone is blackmailing the CIA by assassinating foreign journalists and making it look like the agency is responsible. As the world begins to unite against the U.S., the CIA must lure its most brilliant – and rebellious – operative out of retirement, forcing him to confront his checkered past while unraveling an international conspiracy. What is it with these spy movies pulling operatives out of retirement lately?

Miénteme

Filming has started for the Chilean-Argentine romcom/spy movie Miénteme, which translates to “Lie to me” in English.   This movie has actor Lucas Akoskin playing opposite his real-life wife, Leonor Varela.  We’re not sure how a romantic comedy/spy movie will work, but we’ll check it out for you when it comes out and let you know.   Distribution hasn’t been set yet.   You can read more about Miénteme on Yahoo.com.

Conmen

Cory Hardrict will star opposite Neil Brown Jr. in Conmen.  This is the first movie produced by Hardrict’s  Hardcor Films.  The high-level plot has two black conmen, posing as FBI agents.  They try to con a heroin dealer who is a Klansman and this Sherrif’s son. No release date has been set for Conmen.

Eraser: Reborn

In 1996, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as U.S. Marshall John Kruger in the movie Eraser.  Well, Johnathan Fuge tells us that a reboot, titled Eraser: Reborn was shot in the summer of 2021 in secret. It has received an R rating and is expected to be released sometime this spring. Eraser: Reborn does not bring back John Kruger.  Instead, Dominic Sherwood plays a new U.S. Marshall, Mason Pollard.  The synopsis on IMDB says: “It is based on U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard who is specialized in engineering the fake deaths of witnesses that leaves no trace of their existence.”

To Catch a Thief

We loved the original Hitchcock movie, To Catch A Thief.  It starred Cary Grant who played an ex-cat burglar who had to prove he was falsely accused of another burglary.   Well, Gal Godot will be starring in a remake of this classic movie.  We don’t know how the plot will be changed, but we look forward to this one.  You can find out more about To Catch a Thief on MovieWeb.com.

Mission: Impossible

It is getting impossible to release Mission: Impossible 7 and 8

Well, the twice-delayed Mission: Impossible movies have hit another delay.   We should remember that Mission: Impossible 7 was originally slated to release in November 2021.  Then it was pushed to September 2022.  Now Paramount and Skydance have announced the most recent pandemic-related delays for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8.  The new release dates are now July 14, 2023, for Mission: Impossible 7 and June 28, 2024, for Mission: Impossible 8.  Ugh.

 

CURRENT SPY MOVIES

The 355

So, let’s shift gears and talk about the most recently released spy movie, The 355.   We released a no-spoiler review of this movie on January 9th. There has been some news about this movie, mostly about its box office, or lack thereof.

Box Office for The 355

An article in Variety points out that The 355 only had a $4.8 million North America haul.  Well, we just looked at BoxOfficeMojo.com and found that The 355 currently has a $16.5 million box office as we record this Newscast. This is against a production budget of about $40 million.

Given the movie’s female focus, getting young men to the theater to see it has been a challenge.  It appears young men are spending their money on Scream and Spider-Man: No Way Home and not much else.

The spy movie The King’s Man, which was released before Christmas outperformed The 355 this past weekend, even though The King’s Man has been in theaters 2 weeks longer than The 355.

For their sake, we hope The 355 has a good digital rental release.  We want spy movies to make money.

Lupita Nyongo didn’t attend the virtual press day

Lupita Nyongo, one of the leads in The 355 did not attend the virtual press day.   She had a good reason to miss this as she had tested positive for COVID-19.  She tweeted “I too have tested positive for COVID-10.  I’m fully vaccinated and taking care in isolation.”  We hope she’s recovered and is doing well by now.

Is The 355 a remake of the first Mission: Impossible movie?

In our January 9th no spoiler review of The 355, we mentioned a few similarities between The 355 and other movies.  However, we kept spoilers out of that podcast.

Our friend, Mike Reyes at Cinemablend.com has an interesting take on The 355 and its use of tropes from other movies, specifically the first Mission: Impossible movie. He’s written an article containing spoilers that compares The 355 with Mission: Impossible.  We will warn you that he has spoilers in the article so you might want to wait until you’ve seen The 355.  Reyes is dead on with his analysis here.

Red Notice

Since the Netflix movie Red Notice was released, we’ve been speculating that there will be sequels to this movie.   Well, according to an article by Mike Fleming Jr, two sequels are planned.  The thought is to shoot them back-to-back which is becoming a trend with successful movies.   Fleming says that the goal is to bring back the three main stars, Dwyane Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. He also says that Rawson Marshall Thurber, who wrote Red Notice, has already started writing the sequels.

James Bond

For a franchise that released its last movie back in September, there were a lot of articles written about James Bond in January. Many of them are speculation about which actor or actress will be chosen to carry on the role of James Bond.  However, some of them talk about the making of No Time To Die.

IMAX Re-Release

By now we assume you’ve had a chance to see the movie No Time To Die.  If you haven’t, the movie was rereleased beginning on January 21st in select IMAX locations. According to Mike Reyes, this release is to help celebrate James Bond’s 60th anniversary.  It will include a special James Bond 60th Anniversary Logo.  Reyes comments that he thinks the other Bond movies should get theatrical releases as part of the 60th Anniversary celebration.  He points out that the Prince Charles Cinema in London started running all of the James Bond movies in release order through SPECTRE starting January 20th and running through July 2022. He comments that he wishes other theaters or MGM itself would follow suit on a global basis.

NO TIME TO DIE VFX Team discussion

Variety’s The Shortlist Virtual FYC Fest held a panel discussion with the No Time To Die VFX Supervisors.  This was an excellent 31-minute discussion moderated by Jazz Rangcay, the Senior Artisans Editor at Variety.

Charlie Noble, who was the visual effects supervisor on No Time To Die, talks about how visual effects can help augment the practical side of moviemaking.  He says “We sort of pick up the bat where other departments leave off. They go as far as they can…and then we take over”.

Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould adds “The thing I think was so fantastic about it [was that] it was all invisible. It didn’t jump out at you as being, ‘Look, this is the greatest visual effects ever.’ It was just a marvelous blending of what they do creatively”.

The discussion breaks down scenes such as the DB5 donut stunt and gives some great background on what they did there.

You can see this discussion on Variety.com.

That Was One Big Explosion

Many James Bond movies have set Guinness World Records for their explosions.  The boat explosion in Thunderball was an early example. SPECTRE set a record for its explosion.

Well, according to an article on CinemaBlend.com, NO TIME TO DIE obliterated an explosion record. The big explosions at the climax of No Time To Die set the record for the most high explosives in one shot.    The previous record was for 65 kilograms of high explosives in one shot. They used 140 kilograms for the climax.  Boom.

The official 007 YouTube channel has a video with Chris Corbould talking about this record if you want to see more.

 

MOVIE INDUSTRY NEWS

Piracy has cost Black Widow a lot of money

We just talked about explosions.  Well, here’s a discussion that will blow your mind. In previous podcasts, we’ve talked about the impact of day-and-date release schedules for movies.  if you aren’t familiar with the term, it means releasing a movie in theaters and Paid Video on Demand or streaming on the same day.  This was brought about by the pandemic, but the pandemic showed some flaws in the system.   Some distributors released using day-and-date, others shortened their theatrical window or the amount of time a movie will be in theaters only. You also had movies like Red Notice that everyone was told was being put out by Netflix.  So, everyone assumed it was a tv movie first.  When Netflix finally decided to release it in theaters a few days before streaming it and marketed that decision badly in our opinion, it tanked in the theater.  It performed very well on Netflix but had terrible box office numbers. Deadline.com has a fairly comprehensive breakdown of the impact of day-and-date on movies.   Some of the data is sparse due to the limited ways to get the data, but it is telling nonetheless. The stat that blew us away has to do with the movie Black Widow.  The article estimates that due to the data-and-date release of Black Widow, about $600 million was lost to Disney due to piracy.   This is because once a movie streams, it is pirated almost immediately.   Now we get why Scarlett Johansson sued Disney over their decision.  

IN MEMORIUM

This leads us to our In Memorium section of today’s news.  This is a long list with some giants from the entertainment industry.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier passed away at the age of 94.  This much-celebrated actor was the first of four black actors to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his role in Lillies of the Field. For spy movie fans you may remember that he played Roy Parmenter in Little Nikita.

Marilyn Bergman

We’re sad to pass on the news that Marilyn Bergman passed away at the age of 93.  She was a well-honored lyricist.  Usually working together with her husband Alan, she received three Academy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Grammy awards.  Spy movie fans will know her for the lyrics to the title song to the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again, which she wrote with her husband.

Mace Neufeld

Mace Neufeld has also passed on at the age of 93. Spy movie fans will know his work as the producer of Jack Ryan movies and the Amazon Prime series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”.

Hardy Kruger

German actor Hardy Kruger has also passed away at the age of 93.  Kruger is probably best known for his roles in A Bridge Too Far or Barry Lyndon. Spy movie fans may know him from his roles in The Spy Who Never Was, The Inside Man, or The Defector.

Michel Subor

French actor Michel Subor passed away at the age of 86. Spy movie fans may remember him from his movies such as Le Petit Soldat, Beau Travail, and the 1960 Hitchcock movie Topaz.

Yvette Mimieux

And finally, we lost Yvette Mimieux at the age of 80.  Her most well-known roles were in Light in the Piazza and Toys in the Attic.  However, spy movie fans may know her as Kim Stacy in the 1970 movie The Delta Factor. So, that's a wrap of the January 25, 2022, Spy Movie News, brought to you by SpyMovieNavigator.com – please Subscribe to our show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies, right now on your favorite podcast app, and know when new episodes come out and more - Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!
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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

Join Dan, Tom and Vicky for a fun outing decoding one of the BEST pre-title sequences of any Bond movie! The Spy Who Loved Me of course!

 

Submarines in trouble, M looking for Bond, cozy cabins, beautiful women you cannot trust, skiers, mountains, cliffs, rifles and pistols and thousand-foot drops! Join us as we decode the pre-title sequence in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME!

Join Dan, Tom and Vicky for a fun outing in one of the BEST pre-title sequences of any Bond movie!

Vicky, Dan, and Tom examine the following from the pre-title sequence of The Spy Who Loved Me:

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  • Ripples in a cup remind us of Jurassic Park
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  • A 2-way radio in a Jewelry Box
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  • Sexual Innuendos
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  • Skiing backward and firing a gun
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