Here’s our Spy Movie News for December 29 2021! Spy movies coming in 2022, The Kingsman series, Argylle, Red Notice, Mission: Impossible 7, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, The Duke and more! Happy New Year!! Let’s start with a quick Happy 50th anniversary to the James Bond movie Diamonds are Forever. We have a three podcasts that we’ve done on this movie. You can hear them on your favorite podcast app on the channel: Cracking the Code of Spy Movies. Subscribe!
What Spy Movie Fans Have to Look for in January 2022We only have one spy movie expected to release in January 2022. That is the movie The 355. This movie is named a female spy in the American Revolution. Her name was never identified. The movie, The 355, is about a team of female spies trying to track down a stolen top-secret weapon. It stars Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyon’go, and Bingbing Fan. The other movie that we have been waiting for that was to release in January, Operation Mincemeat has been pushed in the UK and Ireland until April 22nd. This is due to the rise of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. This movie tells the story of the real-World War II spy mission that we have mentioned in many of our podcasts. And Ian Fleming, in Naval Intelligence at the time, was involved in helping to organize this mission. In the US it is supposed to stream on Netflix, but we don't have a release date for that yet.
2022 Movie NewsThere is a lot of news about upcoming spy movies due after January. Let’s take a look at these projects.
Kingsman SeriesThe movie, The King’s Man, was released last week to tepid box office numbers. We released our no-spoiler, quick-fire review about this movie last week. Although it has received mixed reviews, we liked this movie a lot. One big problem with this movie was its timing. It had been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic and was released a week after Spider-Man: No Way Home, which hauled in the 3rd most opening weekend revenue of all time, not just the pandemic. No Way Home has now eclipsed $1 billion worldwide. It appears that audiences only went to see No Way Home and Sing 2 this holiday season. Almost every other movie had less than stellar box office. To put the numbers in perspective, according to HollywoodReporter.com, No Way Home had an estimated 5-day holiday North America weekend box office of $138.6 million. The King’s Man is estimated to have only taken in $10 million during this stretch, barely beating American Underdog. But the plan for Kingsman movies is massive. According to Matthew Vaughn, in the Mike Reyes article on Cinemablend.com - Vaughn says there are plans to start filming Kingsman 3 in 2022, and maybe even a Statesman -The King’s Man 2, and maybe even a spinoff on streaming services of some Statesman stuff. . . who knows – but the plans are big! We are looking forward to this. As we mentioned in our quick-fire review of The King’s Man, the mid-credit scene at the end of the movie has a nice setup for a The King’s Man sequel. In that article on Cinemablend, Vaughan says “The King’s Man, that’s the experiment. Can the franchise expand into two different shapes and forms but still have that the world of Kingsman underneath it. So, if people like it and go see it, then yeah, we’ll keep expanding.” We hope the lackluster box office take for The King’s Man doesn’t scuttle these plans. We have a podcast for each of the prior Kingsman movies discussing the real-life events and other movies that influenced or were influenced by the movie. (Kingsman: The Secret Service episode, Kingsman: The Golden Circle episode)
ArgylleAs if Matthew Vaughan hasn’t been busy enough with the Kingsman movies, he is also doing the upcoming Apple+ movie (and a planned trilogy of movies), Argylle. According to HollywoodReporter.com, This movie is scheduled to release in 2022. Although Apple+ is a streaming service Vaughan says “a theatrical release of some kind is still in the cards.” “So we’re discussing how to give it the right cinematic release, not necessarily the normal cinematic release. It’d be a cinematic release that is right for Argylle, and Argylle is quite specific and different. So weirdly, it lends itself to a whole new way of being released.”
Red NoticeWe mentioned in the November 30th Spy Movie News episode that Red Notice was likely to become the most-watched movie in Netflix history. Well, Cinemablend.com’s Dirk Libbey reports that Red Notice has achieved this milestone. It is now the most-watched original movie on the streaming service, and with a solid, positive audience score. Well, in that same episode we told you that director Rawson Marshal Thurber thinks it is “a real possibility that there will be a sequel.” With the success of Red Notice, we think it is probably likely, not just a possibility, that we’ll see that sequel.
Mission: Impossible 7Mission: Impossible 7 has faced lots of issues in its filming, from Covid to Cruise blow-ups and more. But - Christopher McQuarrie is committed! The director of the last two and next two Mission: Impossible movies, had been contact-traced for Covid, and directed some scenes through his computer at home! He states that this Mission: Impossible is the biggest of them all. Check out Adreon Patterson’s article on CinemaBlend.com.
Operation Fortune: Ruse de GuerreOperation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre brings us an unlikely pair teaming up for a new spy movie, Jason Statham and Aubrey Plaza. They are kind of like The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s unlikely team of Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin. As discussed on Cinemablend.com, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre is about an arms dealer (played by Hugh Grant) trying to sell weapons. Statham and Plaza are agents trying to stop this from happening. Josh Hartnett, Bugzy Malone, and Cary Elwes round out the cast. Guy Ritchie’s movie is scheduled for release in 2022 and promises to be a good one.
The DukeOk, this one isn’t a spy movie so why are we going to talk about the movie The Duke? Well, first it stars Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent so it’s likely to be good. And second, this movie is about the real-world art heist of the Goya portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. This heist is referenced visually in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No, as Bond pauses and looks at this painting in Dr. No’s lair. The painting had been stolen before Dr. No was filmed and the case wasn’t yet solved. So, Eon Productions used this recent heist as a subtle call out in the movie. We’re looking to see the whole story of the heist in The Duke with its planned March 25th, 2022 release.
MemoryAs seen in Deadline.com, the movie Memory is slated for its US theatrical release on April 29, 2022. Memory stars Liam Neeson once again playing an assassin, this time named Alex Lewis. He is being tracked by an FBI agent Vincent Sera played by Guy Pearce. The title comes from Lewis’ fading memory and its impact on his actions. The movie, directed by Martin Campbell also stars Monica Belluci.
KandaharKandahar is currently filming in Saudi Arabia. This movie, set in Afghanistan, stars Gerard Butler. He plays an undercover CIA operative who has to fight his way out of hostile territory in Afghanistan. He has to get out and avoid the special forces trying to catch him. Deadline.com reports that Nina Toussaint-White and Bahador Foladi have recently joined the cast.
The Gray ManJoe Russo thinks The Gray Man shares the pedigree of the 1995 movie Heat. In an article on MovieWeb.com, Russo points out how in The Gray Man two great actors pitted against each other. Russo sees this like the Robert De Niro, Al Pacino battle in Heat. The movie is about a former CIA operative, known as The Gray Man who is hunted by his former CIA partner. It is based on the 2009 novel with the same name. The novel is the first of a series of 11 novels so sequels are likely if this one is a success. We’ve been talking about this movie in many Spy Movie News episodes, including discussing its fabulous cast and can’t wait. Filming wrapped in August 2021 and will be distributed by Netflix. No release date has been set.
James Bond News
The next actor to play BondWell, if you have seen No Time To Die, we know that James Bond will return. But who will play Bond? Well, according to Cinemablend.com, Tom Hardy is still in the lead. . . . but other potential Bonds are making a comeback! They base this on the numbers from the betting firm, Coral. Here are the top 5 ratings, with 3 tied at 8-1 as of now:
- Tom Hardy - 4-1
- Regé-Jean Page - 9-2
- Henry Cavill - 6-1
- Tom Hopper - 7-1
- Idris Elba, Richard Madden and James Norton - 8-1