James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

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James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

We discuss Tomorrow Never Dies' Pre-Title sequence exploring the location, the music, chess, M, and of course the arms bazaar.

Join us as our Decoding session for the pre-title sequence to Tomorrow Never Dies hits the presses. Mike Reyes of Cinemablend.com joins Dan and Tom to discuss this excellent pre-title sequence.

What’s it all about? Well, Raymond Benson’s novelization of the movie sheds light on it, David Arnold as series composer adds a new dimension, chess pieces and power,  Judi Dench delivers – and what is her relationship to Geoffrey Palmer?  And yeah boom bang, explosions plane chases decoders and more!  What does this all mean?

Let’s look at the Tomorrow Never Dies pre-title sequence !

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As we decode the Pre-Title Sequence to Tomorrow Never Dies, we discuss:

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  • The awesome filming location in France
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  • What happened to the rear-passenger’s gun
  • Ejector seats
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Spy Movie News – September 27, 2022

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Here’s our September 27, 2022 edition of Spy Movie News!

Today we remember Queen Elizabeth II and talk about the upcoming spy movies Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, The Gray Man, Inheritance, Blackbird, Section 8, Kandahar, Argylle, Spy Kids, James Bond, and more.

Queen Elizabeth II

We start this edition of Spy Movie News remembering Queen Elizabeth II.    In remembering the Queen, we as spy fans must remember her support, especially for the James Bond series.

As pointed out in The Spy Command, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond toasts and apologizes to a picture of the Queen when he resigned.  It is odd to think that if that movie was made today, it would be called On His Majesty’s Secret Service in honor of King Charles III.

And as Sharon Oliver reminds us on MovieWeb.com, Queen Elizabeth II’s part in the skit with Daniel Craig’s Bond in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony was at the suggestion of the Queen, herself. In fact, she suggested that she get a line to say.  The production was ready to make copies of the Queen’s outfit and other images. They wanted to build a set. However, the Queen's staff informed the crew that that the Queen wanted to do her part herself.  You have to love that support for the series and it seems like she had a good time doing it.

Also, we were very relieved that there was no London Has Fallen incident during the tributes and ceremonies for the Queen. Being spy movie fans, that movie instantly jumped to the front of our minds when thinking about the security needed for the funeral which brought together so many of the world’s leaders.  Thank goodness all went as planned.

Movies in Development

Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning

We’ll start with two stories about Tom Cruise.  In our September 2021 Spy Movie News we told you of a chance encounter some hikers in the Lake District in England had with Tom Cruise as he was preparing for a stunt in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part One.  

Well, it appears that now the Lake District had some locals who created a delay in shooting for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning – Part Two.  And we know this movie has had a lot of delays.  Ok, so this time it was a slight delay but we think it is funny why it happened.  It turns out that there are plenty of sheep in the Lake District.  Amazingly, a flock of these sheep caused shooting to stop to let them pass.  This is one of the funniest reasons we’ve heard for shooting to be delayed on this often delayed movie.

The second story about Cruise is a bit similar to something we told you about in our November 2021 Spy Movie News. We told you that Tom Cruise filmed a stunt where he walks on the wing of a biplane.  Duxford Airfield in Cambridge was used for the filming. 

Well, @icemavs tweeted a video that was shown at Cinemacon.  It shows Tom Cruise standing on a plane over a canyon.  The audio is a bit rough but it sounds like he’s over the Blade River Canyon in South Africa.  Again, the audio is rough so we may have that location wrong, but it is an interesting clip to view.  Tom Cruise has ice in his veins.   I see no reason to get out of my seat on a perfectly functioning biplane.

The Gray Man

When we gave our quickfire no-spoiler review of The Gray Man, we commented on how much we liked the actor Dhanush who played Lone Wolf.  Most of us in the west had never heard of Dhanush.  His career is mostly in Tamil movies, although he’s done some Bollywood movies as well.  He is a South Indian superstar who is one of the big box office stars in India.  And his father is a director and producer and his brother is also a film director.

Dhanush is also a film writer and producer, and he has written and performed songs for a variety of movies.

Rajiv Prajapati has an excellent article on MovieWeb.com which gives more details about this fascinating performer to who we have just been introduced to.

Also, if you haven’t seen The Gray Man and you have Netflix, give it a watch and you’ll see why we liked Dhanush in this role.

Blackbird

We’ve talked about Michael Flatley’s spy movie Blackbird in the last few Spy Movie News episodes.  Well, Craig Jones has written an article called “Why Michael Flatley’s Blackbird Could Be on Par With Tommy Wiseau’s The Room”.  That title floored us.   In case you aren’t familiar with The Room, it has been called by more than one critic the worst movie ever made (which is really saying something).  Clark Collis in Entertainment Weekly called The Room “The Citizen Kane of bad movies”.

Ok, so is Jones saying that Blackbird is as bad as The Room?  It gets complicated as The Room is one of those “so bad it’s become a cult movie” to some, especially comedians.  As for Blackbird Jones says the visuals and the acting, other than Michael Flatley’s performance are good.  His problem with Blackbird is the script and Flatley.  So, once this movie gets released we’ll find out what we think.

Inheritance

Fans of “Bridgerton” will be happy to see that Phoebe Dynevor who played Daphne Basset, Duchess of Hastings will be starring in a new spy thriller called Inheritance.  Not a lot of the plot has been released, but we’re told Phoebe’s character will be thrown into a world of secrecy and crime after her estranged father reenters her life.  

So, even though the movie has reportedly finished filming, it doesn’t appear on IMDB.com and no other cast members have has been announced. Also, no release date has been set. This is intriguing. 

Also, once again, a movie is coming out with the same name as a recently released movie.  Simon Pegg and Lily Collins were in the 2020 movie of the same name.  At least that one wasn’t a spy movie. This gets confusing sometimes.

Section 8

Limited Theatrical Release

The new movie Section 8 started streaming this past weekend on AMC+. It also had a limited theatrical release.  How limited you ask?  Only one theater in Chicago showed it.  We understand the concept of streaming and where the revenue stream is for these streamers.  However, many of these action movies are best to watch in a theater.  So, while we appreciate that it is available in a single theater in all of Chicagoland, it is a tough pill to swallow.

The Plot

Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox.  Let’s talk about the movie, Section 8.  The tagline is “The Only Way Out … Is to Go Deeper In”.  That sounds interesting.  But what’s it about?   Well, we’re told that: “After avenging the murder of his wife and child, a former soldier is sent to prison with a life sentence. He’s given a shot at freedom when a shadow government agency recruits him for an off-the-books assignment, and he soon realizes Section 8 isn’t what it seems.”

Hmm. This sounds like a well-worn plot, with a twist in the reason he was in prison.  But we’ve seen movies where someone has a shot of freedom from prison if they take on a new task.  The Harry Palmer Movies, the 1964 movie The Secret Invasion, and The Dirty Dozen all have this driver for the protagonist to act the way the government wants.

The Cast

At least it has a strong cast. Ryan Kwanten, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Dermot Mulroney, and Scott Adkins lead the cast.  And according to director Christian Sesma, the movie starts with character development and setting up why the lead is seeking revenge.  All of that before the main action-movie stuff starts.  We applaud that as we like when spy movies have a story and aren’t 100% action.

The movie even accidentally has a current-news feel to it with the recent accusations against Bret Favre having some similar undertones to this movie.

If you want to read more about this movie before watching it, there is a detailed article written by Matthew Mahler on MovieWeb.com.

Kandahar

Open Road has picked up the U.S. rights to Kandahar. Kandaha is expected to have a 2023 theatrical release.  Kandahar is a story of a CIA operative, Tom Harris who is in a hostile part of Afghanistan.  The major plot of the movie is that Harris gets exposed and has to escape.

Gerard Butler takes on the role of Tom Harris.    This could be a good one.

Argylle

What’s up with Argylle?  And who is the author?

Argylle is an Apple project that we’ve talked about numerous times starring Henry Cavill, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, Bryan Cranston, and Bryce Dallas Howard.  What a fantastic cast.  And the movie has already been adapted into a motion picture.

The questions are around the book author, first-time novelist Elly Conway, and the release of the book.  As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, the book was to be released on September 29 this year. However, the new date is March 2023.  The Hollywood reporter goes on to tell us that the only thing about it on Amazon is a page for a German-language version on the Kindle, scheduled for January 10, 2023.  In addition, Hollywood Reporter tried unsuccessfully to get an advance copy of the book.  And they tell us that Conway only has a two-line bio.  “Elly Conway is the author of the heavily anticipated debut thriller, Argylle. She lives in the United States and is currently working on the next instalment (sic.) in the series.”

While we applaud The Hollywood Reporter for actually trying to report, we think they missed a step while setting up the intrigue about the author and the book. Yes Amazon’s US site indeed has almost nothing on this book.  However,  Penguin’s UK site does. Their page on the book has a summary and multiple places where you can pre-order the book, including Amazon’s UK site.

So, we get that they can’t find anything about Elly Conway and are bummed they couldn’t get an advance copy.  However, we think the reporting about the Amazon not having a page for the book is a bit misleading.

Spy Kids

We’ve been talking about this one for quite a few episodes. Now we hear that the reboot of Spy Kids has wrapped filming. This will be the fifth Spy Kids Movie. Netflix hasn’t announced a release date yet but has this synopsis of the movie:

“When the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology, they must become spies themselves to save their parents and the world.”

We can’t wait.

James Bond

Most of the James Bond news this month has been speculation about who should be the next actor to take on the role of James Bond.  We talked about that last month and since there is nothing really new there, we’ll move on to other topics.

George Lazenby

There is unsettling news about George Lazenby, who played James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  As has been widely reported, Lazenby, who was born in Australia, got into some trouble with some comments he made telling some stories during an interview he gave in Australia.  He had been on a tour with the national concert tour “The Music of James Bond”. However, he has been kicked off the tour for his remarks.  

We’ve been unable to find exactly what Lazenby said as no recording of the interview has been released. In this situation it appears that callers to a talk radio program complained about Lazenby’s remarks which stoked the blowup in the media.

Lazenby did apologize, saying in part “It was never my intention to make hurtful or homophobic comments and I am truly sorry if my stories that I have shared many times were taken that way.”

While we can’t condone or criticize the comments he made as we don’t know exactly what he said,  we’d be happy to have George Lazenby on our podcast to talk through what happened and get his side of the story.  People can get canceled quickly in today's media. And often, in hindsight, we wonder if cancellation was the right approach.  George, you’re welcome to use our platform to help us understand what happened.

Kabir Bedi

In happier news, one of our favorite henchmen from the James Bond movies has received a Lifetime Achievement Award.   An article on Variety.com tells us that Kabir Bedi, who exquisitely played Gobinda in Octopussy received the Filming Italy Movie Lifetime Achievement Award.  As Bedi put it “Since the time of ‘Sandokan,’ I’ve done over six major series in Italy and not many people realize that really Bollywood and Hollywood are a far lesser part of my life than my career in Italy,”  Sandokan was a popular tv mini-series in Italy. 

So, congratulations to Kabir Bedi on this well-deserved recognition.

Two Documentaries

We normally talk about spy movies, not documentaries. But at the Telluride Film Festival, two documentaries were shown that we think spy movie fans will probably be interested in.  We have not seen details as to when these will be picked up for broader distribution.  We’ll keep you posted.

A Compassionate Spy

First up is A Compassionate Spy, a documentary that looks at Ted Hall, one of the scientists on the Manhattan Project. With the expected July 2023 release of the Christopher Nolan movie Oppenheimer, this is a good time to learn more about the Manhattan Project and find out about Hall who gave nuclear secrets to Russia.  We are expecting some espionage in Oppenheimer so A Compassionate Spy seems like a natural to watch first.

A Compassionate Spy has been shown at the Venice, Telluride, and Camden International Film Festivals this month. It hits the Chicago International Film Festival on October 12, 2022. 

My Name is Alfred Hitchcock

The second documentary that hit Telluride this year that should be of interest to Spy Movie News fans is called My Name is Alfred Hitchcock.  This isn’t a documentary about a spy, but it is about Hitch.  We’ve been decoding Hitchcock’s spy movies on our Cracking the Code of Spy Movies podcast.  So, this documentary should let us learn more about Hitchcock.  

An interesting twist is that impressionist Alistair McGowan provides us with Hitchcock’s voice giving us commentary. Therefore, we’re looking forward to a broader release of this one. It seems like an interesting way to tell Hitchcock’s story.  Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot new to find outabout Hitchcock. So bringing in an impressionist to lend Hitchcock’s “voice” to the story sounds like it could work.

You can read more about My Name is Alfred Hitchcock on Deadline.com.

In Memoriam

Henry Silva

Probably best known for his role in the 1962 version of The Manchurian Candidate, Henry Silva passed at the age of 95.  He had a distinctive look and often portrayed villains.  Of his 140 credits in IMDB, Silva appeared in the 1960 version of Ocean’s Eleven (and he had a small part in the 2001 remake), numerous spy tv programs, and even some spy movies.  These include Matchless and Assassination.  However, probably our favorite role he delivered was that of John Durrell in the 1964 movie The Secret Invasion.  His portrayal of Durrell was excellent.  You really didn’t want to mess with this character that Henry Silva delivered.

Irene Papas

Actress Irene Papas passed at the age of 93.   Papas is probably best known for her role in Zorba the Greek. Spy movie fans may remember her from the 1953 movie The Man from Cairo and the 1961 movie The Guns of Navarone.

Marsha Hunt

Actress Marsha Hunt passed at the age of 104.  Her acting career spanned 73 years.  Spy movie fans may remember her from her role as Mary Smith in the 1942 movie Joe Smith, American.

Amanda Mackey

Casting director Amanda Mackey dies at age 70.  She was the casting director for A League of Their Own, Smokin’ Aces, While You Were Sleeping, The Fugitive, and many others.  Spy movie fans have seen her work with the casting of The Hunt for Red October, Green Zone, Executive Decision, Patriot Games, and Olympus Has Fallen.

So that’s a wrap.  We hope you enjoyed this Spy Movie News for September 27, 2022.  Check out our podcast called Cracking the Code of Spy Movies.  We have a YouTube Channel with the same name.

Spy Movie News for September 27 2022 – Inheritance, Blackbird, Section 8, Mission: Impossible, James Bond and more!

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Spy Movie News for September 27 2022 – Inheritance, Blackbird, Section 8, Mission: Impossible, James Bond and more!

In this Spy Movie News -September 27, 2022 edition we remember Queen Elizabeth II and talk about the upcoming spy movies Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, The Gray Man, Inheritance, Blackbird, Section 8, Kandahar, Argylle, Spy Kids, James Bond, and more.

In this Spy Movie News for September 27 2022 we remember Queen Elizabeth II. We also discuss the upcoming spy movies Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, The Gray Man, Inheritance, Blackbird, Section 8, Kandahar, Argylle, Spy Kids, James Bond, and more.

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The jump, the luck and fate components of the 00 missions, For England, James! And who is in charge here, 006 or 007?   Record kills, squeaking wheels and the meaning of it all!

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Spy Movie News – August 30, 2022

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Here’s our Spy Movie News - August 30, 2022 edition.

Today we will discuss the September releases of spy movies. We’ll also look at some ongoing projects like Bang!, “True Lies”, The Stranger, “Dr. Evil”, James Bond, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Enigma, and more!

We’re going to start this article by discussing a fun and unique way that one company is celebrating the 60 years of James Bond movies.  We’ll talk about some others later in this episode. About 60 miles north and west of Chicago is the Richardson Adventure Farm. Among their annual event calendar is what they call the “World’s Largest Most Intricate Corn Maze”.  Well, this year they are celebrating the 60 years of James Bond movies with their 28-acre maze. If you look at the aerial view of the maze this year you will see the gun barrel with Honey Rider, all of the actors who’ve played James Bond, the Aston Martin DB5, and more.  You find out more on their website.

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Ok, so now let’s talk about spy movies in development

Spy movies in development

Bang!

Idris Elba and Davide Leitch are joining forces for a spy thriller called Bang!. Elba will be starring as the world’s most famous spy.  His assignment?  Well, it’s to kill the author of a series of novels created by a group that wants to start the apocalypse.

Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres created the comic series “Bang!” that this movie will be based on.  Kindt and Zak Olkewicz will be creating the adaptation for the movie.

David Leetch, who directed Atomic Blonde and most recently Bullet Train will be directing this feature.

We don’t know when it will be filmed or released, but this sounds like a good one.  Netflix will be the platform to deliver Bang!.

Matt Kindt is on a hot streak with Netflix.  They have also picked up his “Mind MGMT” series which is about a government agency of spies.  They will be turning this into a Netflix series.  With Kindt getting set to release another comic series called “Spy Superb” can Netflix get a movie and two series out of Kindt’s work?   We’ll have to wait to find out as nothing on a Netflix/Spy Superb collaboration has been announced.

True Lies

We’ve mentioned the upcoming “True Lies” television series in a few Spy Movie News episodes now.  In the upcoming CBS series,  Steve Howey will take on the role of Harry.  Ginger Gonzaga will star as Helen.   As a reminder, those roles were played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie. Omar Miller takes on the role of Gib who was played by Tom Arnold in the movie.

We got some encouraging news on this one.  In an article on movieweb.com, Howey says “We're not going to do the Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis movie, it's a classic, that stands alone. We're doing something else and we're doing our own thing, but that's based in that system.”

We are very happy to see that this won’t just be a copy of the movie.  As Howey mentions, the movie is a classic.   Let’s see where they take it.

The Stranger

Sometimes a true story needs to be made into a movie.  Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year, The Stranger is expected to be launched globally this October. This is a Netflix movie that hit Australia this month.   It is based on a real-life undercover operation in Australia.  Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris star in the movie.  

The description of the movie says “A friendship forms between two strangers. For Henry Teague (Sean Harris), worn down by a lifetime of physical labour, this is a dream come true. His new friend Mark (Joel Edgerton) becomes his saviour and ally. However, neither is who they appear to be, each carry secrets that threaten to ruin them – and in the background, one of the nation’s largest police operations is closing in.”

As a note, Netflix had a series in 2020 with the same title but on a different topic.

Enigma

A movie described as a cross between James Bond and Tomb: Raider has been picked up by Thunder Road Pictures.  Enigma, written by Kat Wood is called an “original contemporary supernatural spy thriller on Deadline.com.  The movie is about a British Spy called Emma Taylor.  She needs to hide a dangerous artifact keeping anyone from ever finding it again.

We haven’t seen anything about production or a release date, but we’ll keep an eye on this one.  As you know, we like spy movies that have a different twist than the genre usually produces.  It sounds like we have that in Enigma.

MR-9

We talked about MR-9 in our June 2022 Spy Movie News.  This is a spy movie based on the Masud Rana novels starring Frank Grillo.  The cast is filling out nicely as it has been announced that  Kelly Greyson is being brought on to play Gia, the lead henchwoman.

Chief of Station

Set to begin filming later this year, Chief of Station has announced its leads.  Alec Baldwin will play a former CIA station chief.  He teams up with a rogue agent played by Olga Kurylenko after finding out that his wife’s death was not an accident.

We have not seen an estimated release date for Chief of Station.

Dr. Evil

We’ve been talking for quite a while about a new Austin Powers movie and we hope we get one.  Well, movieweb.com tells us that New Line “would like to make a Dr. Evil movie”.   The article posits that the success of Joker, which was also focused on the villain,  means that  Dr. Evil could work.  We will just have to wait and see if anything finally happens in bringing out the fourth movie in the Austin Powers franchise.

Spy Kids

Another upcoming spy movie that we’ve talked about in the last few Spy Movie News episodes is the Netflix reboot of Spy Kids.  Now we find out that DJ Cotrona has signed on to appear in the movie. We don’t know what his role will be.  But, things seem to be moving quickly for this still-unwritten movie.   

Blackbird

We’re talking about the Michael Flately spy movie Blackbird, not the Apple + miniseries Black Bird.  We mentioned this movie in last month’s Spy Movie News and said that it would only be in theaters in Ireland.  Well, it looks like they have added some new theaters in the UK including The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square in London, and will also show the city of Bristol.  We believe it may hit other UK cities too but we haven’t found confirmation as of our press time.

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible 7

Variety.com tells us that “Paramount has reached a confidential settlement with Chubb, its insurer, over claims arising from repeated COVID-19 production delays on ‘Mission: Impossible 7.’”  This lawsuit came about in August 2021 with Paramount claiming it was owed much more than what Chubb was claiming.

Mission: Impossible 8

Ok, so let’s move on to Mission: Impossible 8 or I mean Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.  I’ll never get used to that name.

Anyway, we have a bit of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two news.  First, more of the cast has been flushed out as filming has begun.  Holt McCallany is joining the movie and will be playing secretary of Defense Bernstein.   Mindhunter fans will remember that McCallany played Bill Trench in that series.  He was not in Dead Reckoning Part One, so it will be interesting to see how his role plays out and if it is set up in Part One.

McQuarrie-speak

Next, we have an article on digitalspy.com with the headline “Mission: Impossible 8 might not be Tom Cruise’s final outing as Ethan Hunt.”   Hmmm. The rumor up to this point is that it will.  Well, director Christopher McQuarrie was asked about this on the Light the Fuse podcast.  His response was a classic non-answer:

"Let me tell you, I've been working with Tom Cruise for 15 years and I cannot tell you the number of times I've been standing next to the man, witnessed an event, and then read about it in the trades the next day and none of what they describe is actually true," he said.

McQuarrie needs to go into politics with an answer like that.

On that same podcast, McQuarrie explained the Dead Reckoning title this way:

"When I came up with the title, I knew it applied more to Part Two than it did to Part One, which is why it eventually settled on being Part One and Part Two. The title for the first movie was nearly ... a title that referred to something like a Ghost Protocol kind of thing, it was a government policy – It wasn't a government policy, it was a government, what would you call it? A government measure of last resort, with catastrophic consequences. By the time we got to the end of Part One, that had distilled down into an entirely different set of circumstances that appear in Part Two and not in Part One. So, the word would no longer have been appropriate for the title of Part One."

Yeah, when McQuarrie speaks, we’re not sure we get exactly what he’s saying. And I think that’s his mission.

James Bond

James Bond at 60

We started this newscast by talking about a celebration of James Bond’s 60th anniversary.  Well, we’ve found out more about the official plans in an article on deadline.com

A two-party charity auction is being planned with Christie’s and Eon Productions.  There will be 60 lots and all 25 Eon Productions James Bond movies will be celebrated.  There will be an online auction with bidding starting on 15 September and a live auction will occur on 28 September. 

Now, if you have a spare £2 million (that’s pounds, not dollars), you might be able to get your hands on one of the auction pieces:  a silver birch Aston Martin DB5.  This replica was a stunt car used in No Time To Die.  If you don’t have that much money lying around, there are other vehicles on the auction block that are estimated to go for significantly less.

There are some interesting items for auction and you can see the lots on Christie’s website.

In addition to the auction, BFI will host a “James Bond at 60” weekend of screenings and live events from September 20-October 2nd.  Included will be an in-conversation event with Michael G.Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. There will also be a behind-the-scenes look at one thing we find fascinating.  Namely the stunts and Special Effects.  Chris Corbould will be hosting that.  There will also be a preview of The Sound of 007.  This is a new documentary that examines the music of Bond.

And finally, there will be screenings of the last three Bond movies on the BFI IMAX screen, including the first UK showing of No Time To Die in 3D.   In our podcast episode No Time To Die – Theater Viewing Formats Guide we talked about how much we liked the 3D work done in this version.  They did a great job with that.  As far as we are concerned, you should only ever watch the title sequence in 3d.

The next actor to play James Bond

On these podcast episodes, for the most part, we’ve been trying to stay away from all the rumors and the betting on who will be the next actor to play James Bond.  Many speculative articles are written about this every month. That said, there is an article on Cinemablend.com that quotes Lorraine entertainment reporter Ross King as saying: “The latest rumor – and in some ways part of this is very much true – which is, basically, the Bond producers are looking for a younger Bond. Someone probably in their 30s. At the end of the day they want someone who will be Bond for the next three movies.”

Now, here at Spy Movie Navigator, we’ve been saying for quite some time that we think that this has to be the strategy.  We think a lot of the “favorites” like Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and maybe Henry Cavill are too old for what the franchise needs as it comes off the Daniel Craig run as Bond.  So we’ll see if this is right, but not until we hear officially from Eon Productions

What’s coming in September

Again we have a sparse month for spy movie fans as there are no theatrical release of any spy movies in September.  Actually, this September is a sparse month for movie releases in general.

It’s not much better on the streaming platforms

Netflix

On September 1st Netflix will bring all three Austin Powers movies to the platform.  Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Amazon Prime

Also  on September first, Amazon Prime will release both Skyfall and The Recruit.

And that’s about it for spy movie releases in September, 2022.

In Memorium

In today’s In Memorium section, we remember five people who have had an impact on spy movies who have passed this month.

Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Cribbins passed at the age of 93.   Among Cribbins 122 credits on IMDB are such roles as Felix in Hitchcock’s Frenzy and Wilfred Mott in the tv series “Dr. Who”.  Spy movie fans may remember him as the taxi driver in the 1967 version of Casino Royale as well as two appearances on “The Avengers” tv series.

Wolfgang Petersen

Director Wolfgang Petersen passed at the age of 81.  Petersen was nominated for both the Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium Academy Awards for The Boat (Das Boot) in 1981.  In the spy world, he directed Air Force One and In the Line of Fire.

Gene Lebell

Hollywood stuntman Gene Lebell died at age 89.   He had roles in more than 250 movies.  Besides his role as a stuntman, he also taught martial arts skills to Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and Steven Seagal. Spy movie fans would have seen him in Patriot Games, US Marshals, and the tv series “24”. 

Lou Barlia

Cameraman Lou Barlia passed at age 92. His career started as a cameraman for the movie Love Story in 1970 and continued through the 2000 movie Bruno. You’ve also seen his work in Superman, Steel Magnolias, and 61 other movies or tv shows.  Spy movie fans saw his work in Serpico.  In 2000, Lou received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators.

Bill Pitman

We end this month’s In Memorium remembering Wrecking Crew guitarist Bill Pitman who died at the age of 102.  Pitman has played guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele on many songs and soundtracks.  He has played on so many songs that we think it is almost impossible that you haven’t heard him play.   Spy movie and tv fans will recognize his bass play on the theme song to the tv show “The Wild Wild West.”  He also played in Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain.

So, that’s a wrap!  We hope you enjoyed our Spy Movie News for August 30, 2022.

Spy Movie News – August 30 2022 – Bang!, Dr. Evil, James Bond, Mission: Impossible

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Spy Movie News – August 30 2022 – Bang!, Dr. Evil, James Bond, Mission: Impossible

We discuss the upcoming spy movies like BANG!, TRUE LIES, THE STRANGER, James Bond, Dr. Evil, Mission: Impossible, Enigma, and more!

In this Spy Movie News – August 30 2022 edition we discuss the September releases of spy movies. We’ll also look at some ongoing projects like Bang!, “True Lies”, The Stranger, “Dr. Evil”, James Bond, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Enigma, MR-9, Chief of Station, Spy Kids, Blackbird, and more!

Be in the know in 18 minutes.

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Spy Movie News – October 27 2020

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James Bond’s LICENCE TO KILL Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

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James Bond’s LICENCE TO KILL Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

Dan, Tom, and Vicky decode the LICENCE TO KILL pre-title sequence. They look at the filming location as well as the action and more.

James Bond’s Licence to Kill Pre-Title Sequence has a wedding, drug lords, shootouts, lover’s quarrels, the DEA, helicopters, parachutes, an airplane chase, and the Florida Keys.

Join undercover agents Dan, Tom and Vicky as they decode new discoveries and connections.

You can watch the pre-title sequence here if you need a refresher.

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In this discussion we look at the following in the pre-title sequence to Licence to Kill:

  • The locations  that were filmed in Florida, USA (the airport, the house, the field with the shootout, and the church). You can go there and it looks the same now as it did then.
  • Highway 1, the Seven-Mile Bridge, and how the Rolls Royce carrying Felix Leiter, James Bond, and Sharkey was going the wrong way.
  • The real-world athetes who were actors in this pre-title.
  • The reaction Robert Davi got after the release of the movie for the scene where he whips Lupe.
  • James Bond’s hat and the bullet hole
  • The “Let’s go fishing” segment
  • Where the parachuters landed.
  • Why wasn’t Gladys Knight in the Title Credits?
  • As usual, influences from other movies and real-life are explored.
  • And More …

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Spy Movie Navigator visits Goldfinger Filming Locations in Miami Florida (USA)

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Dr. No’s Impact On The James Bond Franchise

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Dr. No’s Impact On The James Bond Franchise

How did DR. NO impact the James Bond movie franchise? To celebrate DR. NO's 60th anniversary, we dive into the movie to answer that question.

Celebrating Dr. No‘s 60th Anniversry

Dr. No's impact on poster art. Here we see James Bond and the Bond Girls from the movie.

Dr. No‘s impact on the James Bond franchise is tremendous. This movie started the James Bond franchise for movie fans 60 years ago. Additionally, it set the stage for the all of the James Bond movies that followed. It even helped shape future non-Bond spy movies. So, join us as we celebrate Dr. No’s anniversary by taking a look at how it shaped what we see in the franchise going forward.

We start where the movie starts with the gun barrel sequence and continue on through the music, the classic line “Bond, James Bond”, the humor, the gadgets, the exotic locations, the great poster’s like this Mitchell Hooks’ poster for Dr. No, and much, much more. Then, of course, we look at Sean Connery. We see how he established the character of James Bond while initiating the role.

What hooked you?

So, which item that premiered in Dr. No hooked you on James Bond? Was it the Walther PPK, the Bond Girls, the villains, the chases, the martini’s and the finer things in life? We discuss all of these things that showcase Dr. No‘s impact on the franchise.

What’s missing in Dr. No that we see in later James Bond movies? Well, the pre-title sequence and the DB5 come in movies that followed Dr. No. Of course, we talk about that too.

What do you think of Dr. No’s Impact on the franchise?

Once you’ve listened please give us feedback. Do you disagree with anything we’ve called out? Did we miss anything? Is there something we called out that you wish the movie didn’t have? To give us feedback, You can leave us a voice mail message on our website or send us an email at info@spymovienavigator.com. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Undoubtedly you’ll have some.

If you are a fan of Dr. No please check out our Dr. No page to see our podcasts and videos discussing the movie. We also have this YouTube video that discusses the gadgets from Dr. No.

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Don’t forget to listen to our James Bond podcasts. We might pull some of our questions from them. Our channel on your favorite podcast app is call Cracking the Code of Spy Movies.

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James Bond’s THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS Pre-Title Decoded!

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James Bond’s THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS Pre-Title Decoded!

Join undercover agents Dan, Tom and Vicky as they decode new discoveries and connections of the pre-title sequence in The Living Daylights!

Gibraltar! Spies parachuting in! Paint balls! Hedgehogs! Macaques, a chase, a yacht, smiert spionam and . . . a new James Bond! All in the pre-title sequence to THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS!

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

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In this discussion we look at the following in the pre-title sequence to The Living Daylights:

  • The beach that opens the movie
  • M’s office delivering a pep talk in a plane
  • Timothy Dalton’s slow reveal as James Bond
  • The parachute scene
  • Climbing on the steep cliffs of Gibraltar
  • Filming technique on the short road
  • The Land Rover plunge off the cliff
  • Dalton’s landing on a yacht
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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.

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.

Best of the Rest Movies Podcasts

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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!

Join us as we venture into Scaramanga’s Funhouse in our decoding of the pre-title sequence to the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Gun.

 

Oceans, Beaches, oysters, champagne, a man in a suit on the beach – what? A  funhouse that’s not so fun, and  . . . a Golden Gun!

Join us as we venture into Scaramanga’s Funhouse in our decoding of the pre-title sequence to the 1974 James Bond movie, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.

We take it apart and Dan does an impersonation of Nick Nack!

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Vicky, Dan, and Tom examine the following from the pre-title sequence in The Man With The Golden Gun:

  • Maud Adams’ first of three James Bond movie appearances
  • The beautiful landscape of James Bond Island
  • Who is that suited man?  His name is Rodney.  Where have we seen him before?
  • What gun does Rodney use?
  • Nick Nack is a devious assistant
  • Scaramanga’s lair
  • The Fun House
  • The Golden Gun
  • What was inspired by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari?
  • What is the tie-in to The Most Dangerous Game?
  • and More …

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Spy Movie News October 26 2021 Podcast –  James Bond, No Time to Die, Red Notice, The King’s Man, more!

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Here’s our October 26, 2021 edition of Spy Movie News with latest updates on James Bond and No Time To Die, Red Notice, The King’s Man, and more in another special edition of Cracking the Code of Spy Movies! Let’s get to it!

 

Here’s our October 26, 2021 edition of Spy Movie News with latest updates on James Bond and No Time To Die, Red Notice, The King’s Man, and more in another special edition of Cracking the Code of Spy Movies! Let’s get to it!

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James Bond’s Walther PPK w/ Firearms Expert, Tom Whiteman

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James Bond’s Walther PPK w/ Firearms Expert, Tom Whiteman

Today we talk with a weapons expert, Tom Whitehall of Legacy Collectibles – all about Major Boothroyd’s weapon of choice for James Bond!

 

James Bond!  Weapons! Berettas!  Walther PPKs, Silencers and more!  Today we talk with a weapons expert, Tom Whiteman of Legacy Collectibles – all about Major Boothroyd’s weapon of choice for James Bond!

Join Tom and Dan in a fun talk about the most famous Bond weapon, the Walther PPK!

In this podcast, we discuss some of the guns from James Bond movies, including:

  • The Walther PPK
  • Walther PP
  • Gyrojet
  • Barettas
  • How caliber affects a gun and it’s power
  • Suppressors (Silencers)
  • And more …

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NO TIME TO DIE –Theater Viewing Formats Guide: 2D, 4DX, Imax, 3D – NO SPOILERS

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NO TIME TO DIE –Theater Viewing Formats Guide: 2D, 4DX, Imax, 3D – NO SPOILERS

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SpyMovieNavigator.com has seen No Time To Die in most available formats! Tom discusses here: 2D, Dolby Cinema, 3D, 4DX (seat movement & atmospheric effects), IMAX!

We only talk about the theater experience; nothing about the content. So, there are no spoilers in this podcast.

Listen and decide even if you have seen the movie already, you may choose to see it a second or third time – this will help! And if you have not seen it yet, this will help you decide which format to see it in first!

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  • Dolby Cinema
  • IMAX
  • 3D
  • 4DX

All without talking about the movie’s plot.  There are no spoilers here. We just discuss the theater’s experience.

 

 


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Join us in this No-Spoiler look at the new James Bond Movie, NO TIME TO DIE. Comments by Tom and Vicky as well as fans as they left the theater. Even comments by Mike Reyes and David Zaritsky.

Tom and Vicky saw No Time To Die on its opening day in West Midlands,  England.

In this no-spoiler podcast, they talk about what they saw in the movie.  They also spoke to fans to get their reactions as they left the theater after watching No Time To Die.

In addition, Mike Reyes from CinemaBlend.com and David Zaritsky from The Bond Experience lent us their expertise of the James Bond world and provided their no-spoiler views of No Time To Die.

Did we mention that these are no-spoiler looks at the movie and every single person who commented definitely liked this movie?  We did not do any selective editing here.

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  • The Soundtrack
  • The Car chases
  • Some of the Bond movies that influenced No Time To Die
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Gadgets in James Bond’s YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Decoded!

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Gadgets in James Bond’s YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Decoded!

Join Tom, Dan and Vicky as they have some fun with the gadgets in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE!

 

Space capsules,  poison-dart-firing cigarette, Little Nellie, safe-crackers, flash paper, slides, closed-circuit cameras, micro-dots, collapsing bridges and more as we decode the gadgets in James Bond’s  YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE!

Join Tom, Dan and Vicky as they have some fun with the gadgets in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE!

Dan, Tom and Vicky look into the following gadgets in You Only Live Twice:

  • Chris’ space walk maneuvering device
  • Space capsules
  • Poison-dart-firing cigarette
  • Little Nellie
  • Safe-crackers
  • Flash paper
  • Micro-dots
  • Collapsing bridges
  • Exploding Lipstick Cases
  • Closed Circuit Television
  • and More …

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James Bond – The Daniel Craig Arc from CASINO ROYALE to SPECTRE!

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James Bond – The Daniel Craig Arc from CASINO ROYALE to SPECTRE!

Join Dan Tom and a special guest, our agent in Montreal "Eddie," in looking at the Daniel Craig arc - get ready for NO TIME TO DIE!

 

Join Dan Tom and a special guest, our agent in Montreal “Eddie,” in looking at the Daniel Craig arc – get ready for NO TIME TO DIE!

We look at what we call the “connective tissue” holding the four Craig movies together: CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE!

Let’s go!

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In this episode we examine:

  • Bond’s age throughout the first four Daniel Craig movies
  • Callbacks to some scenes in those movies that may come back in play in No Time To Die
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  • How Ian Fleming influenced this story arc (and where he didn’t)
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A car chase, a fight on the beach, guns, knives, suicide, a new James Bond, a different Aston, a time machine, a Queen with a trident, and more in the pre-title sequence to the 1969 James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service!

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Spy Movie News Article – Sept 15 2020: RED NOTICE, FIVE EYES, M:I 7, THE DUKE, TENET, NTTD

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Here's our September 15 2020 edition of Spy Movie News with the latest updates on Mission: Impossible 7, Red Notice, Five Eyes, TENET, The Duke, NO TIME TO DIE, and some Idris Elba and spy industry news. 

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7

  • Let’s start with some Mission: Impossible 7 news. We know that Tom Cruise has been in England on some rented land practicing stunts for the movie Mission: Impossible 7
  • From a Cinemablend.com article, Christopher Mcquarrie, the director says filming has started up again.  And he and released the photo that shows a huge ramp.  This will be used for a stunt with a motorcycle launching off this ramp which is probably 600 feet in the air. It's something to see if you haven't seen it yet.  
  • According to independent.co.uk, Mission: Impossible 7 filming in Norway.  Tom Cruise rented a £ 500,000 cruise liner. That's about $645,000. And this is for the crew and the stars, to prevent further delays and to protect them from COVID-19. So this is clever.  Expensive but clever. Bravo, Tom Cruise you are Top Gun. 

RED NOTICE

  • The Netflix movie Red Notice has some news.  In March, shooting was postponed because of the COVID-19  pandemic. In August 2020 they announced the shooting would start back up in mid-September. So here we are.  According to cinemablend.com, it looks like they are back on the set.  They are being vigilant about making sure that anyone arriving back on the sets for filming is COVID-19 free through testing and so on. No other details were available, but Ryan Reynolds posted pics of him taking the COVID-19 test and said it was easy.
  • Good to hear Hollywood is being careful.

THE GRAY MAN

  • Speaking of Netflix, they're investing 200 million dollars, according to theverge.com, on a movie based on Mark Greaney’s, “The Gray Man” series of books.  The movie will be about a former CIA agent who was an assassin, also called The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. And Chris Evans would be the CIA agent who's on the hunt for The Gray Man.
  • Netflix hopes to build a franchise out of this first movie. We don't know much else about the movie other than what was reported, but sounds a little like Bourne doesn't it? Hey, no release date yet. Production should start next year. Check theverge.com for all the details.

Five Eyes

  • From deadline.com we see that German major Leonine has won the rights to the recently announced Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie spy thriller, Five Eyes.  This marks the first major deal to go down during Toronto's virtual market. According to the article, in this spy thriller, Statham will play an MI 6 guns-and-steel agent recruited by the Global Intelligence Alliance,' Five Eyes'.  His mission will be to track and stop the sale of a deadly weapon that threatens to disrupt the world order.  Reluctantly paired with a high tech CIA expert, he sets off on a globe-trotting mission to infiltrate a billionaire arms broker.
  • Principle photography is due to start in October 2020 in Europe. Additional casting is underway. 
  •  In a related article in collider.com, they say that Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are teaming up again for Five Eyes. They say Statham's character, the MI 6 agent, will be named Orson Fortune, who is paired with CIA agent Sarah Fidel. This is the fifth time Statham and Ritchie are working together.  And the article says, hey, this is an appropriate title then, Five Eyes. Oh wait, there are two of them. Shouldn't the title be Ten Eyes? (groan)

WIFE OF A SPY

  • Yahoo has a review of the Kyoshi Kurosawa movie, Wife of a Spy, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. 
  •  The review makes it unclear if the movie is really a spy movie.  But there are bioweapons,  smuggled reels of surveillance footage, and forged letters.
  •  The author appeared to not want to give away the film, which of course, hey, that's a good idea. 
  • This movie is seeking US distribution.

TENET

Here’s an update on TENET from Europe and the US.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com reports that while the domestic box office launch for Warner Brother's TENET has widely been described as tepid, one analyst said he sees it as a good sign. “We actually view the results as encouraging and a positive indicator of demand. Given all of the COVID-19 headwinds.  That's what B Riley, analyst Eric Wold wrote in a Monday report.
  • The analyst echoed Warner Brothers' argument that it was a promising sign that TENET this weekend dropped just 29% from the 9.4 million earned during the September 4th through the 6th weekend. Even though that isn't an apples-to-apples comparison since the film rolled over the long Labor Day weekend and is now playing in 100 more theaters.
  • According to deadline.com, one of the offshoots of the release of tenant has Warner Brothers, who has both TENET and Wonder Woman 1984, pushing Wonder Woman 1984 to a Christmas release.  Part of the speculation is that the original early October release might have competed with what Warner Brothers hopes will be an early October reopening of theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Warner Brothers will release TENET in those cities if they do open up.  They didn't want to have Wonder Woman 1984 compete with it.
  • Also, 30% of the nation's theater space in the US is still closed down due to the pandemic.  If TENET doesn't open in New York in LA, Warner Brothers might not want to open another blockbuster to only 70% of the US market. In addition, the spot opened up once, the movie Top Gun: Maverick had its release pushed to July 2021. 
  • So what does this portend for the November 6th and 20th release in the US of Black Widow and NO TIME TO DIE respectively? Well in terms of NO TIME TO DIE,  in an article on express.co.uk, they're wondering about the release date. In a compelling statement, they suggest that
  • Wonder Woman 1984 has moved from its October 2nd release to Christmas Day.
  • MGM's Candyman has been delayed indefinitely from the same month to 2021
  • The same studio, MGM, has the movie NO TIME TO DIE, which is internationally distributed by Universal Pictures.
So what does this mean? Read their article for more info, but it does make one wonder!  And they point out we should take another look at the most recent movie poster release for NO TIME TO DIE. Anything about the date pop out? Check out their article.

IDRIS ELBA

  • Movieweb.com has an article on an upcoming espionage movie starring Idris Elba.  The movie is untitled, but will release on Apple TV plus.
  • So it isn't James Bond, but Elba will have another spy movie leading role. 
  •  Not much else has been said about the movie other than it's being called a “spy movie with romance” and is set in Africa.
Let's hope it's not a romance movie like director John Woo called Mission: Impossible II. Let's also hope it’s a better movie than Mission: Impossible II.

JAMES BOND, LIFE AFTER NO TIME TO DIE

  • Digitalspy.com has an article quoting Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, saying that the next James Bond movie is an “opportunity for change, be it female, male, BI gay, straight, trans, Asian, Black, Latina.
  • He ducks the question of if he's been approached for the role.

THE DUKE

  • We’ll end with a story about a movie that isn't technically a spy movie.  But the story it tells had a slight influence on the first James Bond movie, Dr. No.  In our podcast on Dr. No, we talked about how EON Productions brought a bit of the real world into the movie.
  • In one scene when James Bond is in Dr. No’s lair, he passes a portrait,  "The Duke of Wellington" by Goya. He stops and takes a quick look.   That portrait in real life had been stolen from the National Gallery in London before the filming of the movie. EON Productions added that touch of reality.
  • At the Venice Film Festival, the movie The Duke, starring Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode, and Jim Broadbent, was shown.  The topic of that movie, the theft of the Duke of Wellington portrait. The movie has an expected UK release in 2021.
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