The Fourth Protocol – Decoded!

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The Fourth Protocol – Decoded!

Join Dan and Tom as they decode the 1987 movie THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, We think its a good spy movie. Listen to find out why.

Join Dan and Tom decode the 1987 movie THE FOURTH PROTOCOL. It stars Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Joanna Cassidy, Ned Beatty, Julian Glover, Michael Gough, and Sir Ian Richardson. We answer the following questions:

  • – Who’s voice is on the radio giving the secret code to set off a nuclear bomb.
  • – What is Batman’s butler is doing in this movie?
  • – Pierce Brosnan was how old when he made this movie?
  • – Is Michael Caine playing another Harry Palmer-type agent?
  • – Kim Philby, wasn’t he a double agent?
  • – What is the fourth protocol anyway? Hint, they never tell us in the movie.
  • – Where are the great locations they filmed this?
  • – The making of a new James Bond ?
  • – and more…

Oh yeah, and we talk about the plot of this spy thriller.

If you are a fan of SpyMovieNavigator.com and our Cracking the Code of Spy Movies podcast, you’ll know that we love movie locations. THE FOURTH PROTOCOL has some great locations and we’ll fill you in on them too.

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10 Reasons to watch Spies Like Us

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10 Reasons to watch Spies Like Us

Join Dan and Tom as they give you 10 reasons to watch the movie SPIES LIKE US. Tom likes this movie and Dan does not. It's a fun conversation.

SPIES LIKE US is a comedy about 2 agents who need to help avert nuclear war. It stars Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd. Tom breaks down his 10 reasons why you should watch this movie. Dan disagrees with Tom on this one. So listen to this discussion to see which side you fall on.

We address some very heady topics (remember the movie is a comedy):

  • Did the Star Wars or Strategic Defense Initiative work?
  • I forgot Ronald Reagan sang in a movie. What movie was it?
  • And what was on the television when the laser was fired?

Here are the first three reasons Tom thinks you should listen to this episode.

  • Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd work well together here.
  • The locations
  • The homage SPIES LIKE US pays to the past.

We cover the details around these and seven more reasons.

Once you’ve listened to this and watched the movie, let us know what you think. Is Tom right or is Dan right? Let us know by emailing us at info@spymovienavigator.com.

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2022 Highlights, Shout Outs, and a Look Ahead

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2022 Highlights, Shout Outs, and a Look Ahead

Join Dan and Tom as they look back at 2022 highlights, give some shout outs to active members of our community, and look ahead to 2023.

Here is a look back at the 2022 Highlights at SpyMovieNavigator.com.

As we look back on this past calendar year, finishing up 3 and a half years of SpyMovieNavigator.com and our podcast show and YouTube channel, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies, we realized how blessed we have been! 

2022 was a big year for us. In this episode we look at these highlights:

  • Launched a redesign of our website
  • Started a live monthly trivia game
  • Released our weekly Cracking the Code of Spy Movies podcast
  • Released 22 YouTube videos on our Cracking The Code of Spy Movies channel
  • Conducted numerous interviews
  • Continued to grow the Worldwide Community of Spy Movie Fans through our social media presence
  • and more …

So, join Dan and Tom as they look back at their 2022 highlights, give some shout outs to active members of our community, and look ahead to 2023.

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Join Dan and Tom as they take a look at the gadgets in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (TMWTGG) and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (TSWLM).

Join us as we take a look at the gadgets in The Man With The Golden Gun (TMWTGG) and The Spy Who Loved Me (TSWLM). We know that James Bond movies use a lot of gadgets. So lets look at the gadgets from these two Roger Moore James Bond movies. We’ll talk about the gadgets we think work well ( like the golden gun) and the gadgets that don’t (like Bond’s watch at the beginning of The Spy Who Loved Me). And we discuss the viability or believability of each of the gadgets.

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  • Jaw’s teeth (TSWLM)
  • The Lotus Espirit (TSWLM)
  • and more …

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Join us now for this exclusive Steven Saltzman interview! Steven, Harry Saltzman's son gives a great perspective on the James Bond movies

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In honor of the 60th anniversary of James Bond movies, and to get a unique perspective on the making of the first 9 James Bond movies, we invited a very special guest, Steven Saltzman, to join us today! So join us now for this very special and exclusive Steven Saltzman interview!

Steven had a unique childhood as he grew up as the James Bond franchise blossomed. He got to see the movies made and knew the cast and crew, and their children. How? Well, Steven is the son of Harry Saltzman and was a child when the Bond series started. Harry Saltzman co-produced the first nine Eon Productions James Bond movies. He also produced the first three Harry Palmer movies THE IPCRESS FILE, FUNERAL IN BERLIN, and BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN.

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Harry Palmer

And of course we talked about the Harry Palmer movies his father produced. And, we talk a bit about the THE IPCRESS FILE television series that was released in Spring of 2022, for which Steven was an Executive Producer.

We have an episode with Steven about the THE IPCRESS FILE series in our March 13, 2022 podcast episode. However, that interview was recorded in between the UK and US releases. We had to couch what we said in order to not give anything away. Now, Steven is able to give us a producer’s insight in delivering a show for both the UK and US audiences. There are some things you, the audience member sitting in your own country, probably wouldn’t think of. However, the producers must think about these things, as there are cultural differences.

What’s Next?

We also discuss some of the projects Steven is working on now. He even gives us a scoop!

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No. 1 of the Secret Service – Decoded!

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Spy Movie News – November 29, 2022

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Welcome to our Spy Movie News - November 29, 2022 edition. Face/Off, Darkness of Man, Slow Horses, One Ranger, A Spy By Nature, and The Prize are six of the eighteen upcoming spy movies or series that we’ll fill you in on today.   And we will end with Tom's Rant about Daniel Craig.

Upcoming Spy Movies and Series 

We have a 18 spy movies and series to discuss so let’s jump right in. As usual, you can go to our website, SpyMovieNavigator.com to find the links to the supporting articles behind this episode. 

Darkness of Man 

Last year, we reviewed the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, The Last Mercenary.  In fact, we released a quick-fire review of that one. Well, Van Damme has signed on to play Interpol operative Russell Hatch, in Darkness of Man.  According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Hatch finds himself protecting Jayden and his uncle from a group of merciless gangs in an all-out turf war, stopping at nothing to protect Jayden and fight anyone getting in his way — including supposed allies with hidden agendas and nefarious intents. Filming is set to start in Los Angeles in early 2023.  The 62-year old actor has a few projects under way and it's good to see. 

Slow Horses 

In our October 25th edition of Spy Movie News, we’ve told you about how much we like the Apple TV+ series Slow Horses and that its second season is scheduled to release on December 2, 2022.  Here’s hoping that this show has a very long run.   

It is not just that we like this series.  We also really like it’s lead actor, Gary Oldman.  Oldman has told The Times “I’ve had an enviable career, but careers wane, and I do have other things that interest me outside of acting,” says Gary Oldman, 64, thoughtfully. “When you’re young you think you’re going to get round to doing all of them — read that book — then the years go by.” “I’m 65 next year, 70 is around the corner. I don’t want to be active when I’m 80. I’d be very happy and honoured and privileged to go out as Jackson Lamb [his character in Slow Horses] — and then hang it up.” 

Jackson Lamb is a great role for him to retire from.  We just hope Oldman plays Lamb for a few more seasons. He is a fantastic actor. 

One Ranger 

Mix up some Texas Ranger action and British Intelligence, and you get the upcoming movie, One Ranger.  Starring Thomas Jane and John Malkovich, this thriller brings a Texas Ranger to London to stop a terrorist attack.  Dean S. Jagger and Dominique Tipper also star in this one.  Lionsgate has acquired One Ranger and has not announced an expected release date.  You can read more about it on Deadline.com

A Spy By Nature 

So far we’ve been talking about older actors, well, how about a 20-something taking on a spy role?   Paul Mescal will be starring in A Spy By Nature.    This movie is based on the first novel in the Alec Milius spy series, written by Charles Cumming. In an article on Deadline.com, A Spy By Nature’s director, Kevin Macdonald says “I’ve wanted to make A Spy By Nature for many years – and when I met Paul Mescal, with his beguiling mixture of intelligence, skill, and youth, I knew I’d found the perfect star,” Macdonald said. “This is a very modern spy story – sexy, dangerous, morally ambivalent – and only an actor of Paul’s talent could pull it off.” 

Cummings has written 10 other spy movies.  Is this a start for a new franchise? In that same article, HanWay Films CEO says “I feel confident we will all want to revisit this young spy in his next adventure with what could be the beginning of an exciting new franchise” 

So, let’s see, a young actor taking on a lead role in a spy movie franchise.  A movie that actually has a script and a lead actor assigned to it.  Um, Eon Productions, are you paying attention here? 

Ballerina 

The John Wick series is in the process of creating a spin-off called Ballerina.  Ana de Armas, who showed us her action movie acting chops in No Time To Die, takes on the lead role.  She will be seeking revenge for the murder of her family.  Keanu Reeves, who plays John Wick will make an appearance in this one.  Also joining the cast are Anjelica Huston and Ian McShane.  So, this movie brings in a 30-something lead, De Armas along with some let’s just say “more seasoned” actors.  We have not yet seen an expected release date for Ballerina

Day of the Jackal 

“Downton Abbey” producer, Carnival Films, is coming out with a tv adaptation of The Day of the Jackal. Sky television and the Peacock streaming network has commissioned the series. They are calling it a “contemporary reimagining of the beloved and respected novel and film.” 

The series is expected to go head to production in the summer of 2003.  You can read more about it on Variety.com.  

Jack Ryan Season 3 

Ho, Ho, Ho! Prime Video will be releasing Season 3 of Jack Ryan on December 21, 2022.  Prime is also currently streaming the first two seasons if you need to catch up. Jack Ryan is a series based on the Tom Clancy novels. 

So, after making us wait for three-years, John Krasinski is finally back in the lead role.    Ryan technically isn’t a spy, by title.  He is a CIA analyst who identifies situations and ends up having to deal with them.  It is a narrow distinction. Ryan ends up doing a lot of the dirty work. 

MovieWeb.com has this article if you want to learn more.   

The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare 

Guy Ritchie is directing a World War II spy movie called The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. This movie will star Henry Cavill and Eiza González.  We know, it’s shocking that Henry Cavill is starring in a spy movie (yes, that was meant to be a sarcastic statement). Is this yet another Henry Cavill audition for James Bond? 

Anyway, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is based on true events following strategies of two well-known strategists: Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming.   

The synopsis for the movie says: “The clandestine squad’s unconventional and entirely ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting techniques against the Nazis helped change the course of the war and in part gave birth to the modern Black Ops unit,”.  So, we’ll see where this takes us 

Guy Ritchie and Arash Amel have based the movie on the 2016 book with the same name written by author Damien Lewis.  No slight to Henry Cavill, but it would have been a nice coincidence if actor Damien Lewis took the lead here.  

Face/Off Sequel 

The Face/Off sequel is another movie that we’ve been talking about for a while.   We’ve also speculated that Nicolas Cage will return.   According to a Hollywood Reporter article, Cage “is in various stages of discussion for sequels to such big productions as National Treasure and Face/Off.”  We’re hoping his role in the next Face/Off happens.  

Dirty Angels 

Like Jack Ryan, this one isn’t technically a spy movie.  However, Martin Campbell is the director.  Most spy movie fans will know Campbell directed GoldenEye, Casino Royale (2006), The Foreigner, and The Protégé. 

Dirty Angels is a fictional story of a group of female soldiers who need to rescue kidnapped teenagers during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. Eva Green who played Vesper Lynd under Campbell’s direction in Casino Royale and Ruby Rose, who has played Batwoman Kate Kane in the DC tv series and Grace Lewis in SAS: Red Notice, star in Dirty Angels.  

Filming is expected to start in December 2022.  

Operation Napoleon 

No, this has nothing to do with Napoleon Dynamite. Operation Napoleon is a low-budget thriller starring Iain Glen.  You may remember him as Jorah Mormont in “Game of Thrones”. 

The plot focuses on a plane that crashed in 1945 with both German and American officers on board.  Ignoring the wishes of the US military, a lawyer tries to dig into the details of the crash and gets involved in an international conspiracy. 

Operation Napoleon was made on a $7 million budget and the exteriors were filmed mostly in Iceland and is based on a novel that was a best seller in Germany. 

You can read more about Operation Napoleon on The Hollywood Reporter.  

Chief of Station 

In our October 25, 2022 edition of Spy Movie News we told you that the Alec Baldwin-Olga Kurylenco spy movie, Chief of Station, was heading into production in November.  Well, Baldwin has become unavailable due to a schedule overrun of another movie.   So, now Aaron Eckhart will be taking on the lead role in this movie.  From what we’ve read, production has started on this one.   

The Prize 

The Prize is being billed as a “taut Hitchcockian thriller”.  We think that is an apt description as it is based on an unwitting American who flies to Sweden for the funeral of a friend.   Well, he gets ensnared in a web of corruption and murder.  If we think of The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, or many other Hitchcock movies, this has a familiar ring to it.   Jason Clark and Haley Bennett star in The Prize.  Shooting is expected to start in the spring of 2023.  

You can read more about The Prize on Deadline.com.  

Canary Black 

CIA operative Avery Graves, played by Kate Beckinsale is blackmailed by terrorists to save her husband in the upcoming spy movie, Canary Black. Graves is cut off from her team and has to figure out how to get the kidnappers what they want.  

Canary Black is currently in principal photography.  Rupert Friend also stars in this thriller.  

Dixie Crystal 

Dixie Crystal was the name of a real-life FBI Operation.  Well, now it is the name of a movie starring Rob Morgan as FBI agent Jim Anderson.  If we remember in Licence to Kill, Bond’s objective was to stop Franz Sanchez’s heroin operation. 

In Dixie Crystal, Agent Anderson has to take down a drug Kingpin and stop the distribution of methamphetamine from Harlan, Kentucky. 

Filming is expected to start in April 2023. 

Red Shirt 

Yet another movie is coming out with the goal of trying to create a spy movie franchise.  This time it is Channing Tatum starring in Red Shirt. Not many details have been released on this one.  However, we know that David Leitch who directed Bullet Train and Deadpool 2 is signed on to direct Red Shirt.   They are touting the movie as “a new spin on James Bond”.    

According to movieweb.com’s article about Red Shirt, a redshirt is a character in fiction who dies soon after being introduced.  So, is that Channing Tatum?  Hmmm.  If so, that has sort of a Psycho feel to it where the star dies early on.   

We’ll keep our eyes peeled to give you more details about this one as they emerge.  

Honey Trapped 

The spec script by April Wolfe for the movie Honey Trapped have been acquired by Studiocanal and The Picture Company. 

Deadline.com tells us that “the story follows a cabal of secret assassins who descend upon Las Vegas for 24 hours to force a rogue agent into fighting their way up every floor of a busy hotel. The script is said to be a star-driven two-hander featuring a married couple on the rocks with a lot of secrets—in the vein of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and True Lies.” 

If that’s accurate, this could be a fun one to watch. 

So yes, we are a long way out before we’ll see Honey Trapped but we like the plot and are eager to see Honey Trapped made.  

They Shined on the Nile 

Moroccan-born director Yasmine Benkiran is working on a project for a spy movie titled “Elles ont brillé sur le Nil” or They Shined on the Nile. This project is set in 1950’s Cairo and revolves around the mysterious death of a famous actress known as Asmahan.  

They Shined on the Nile is still in development, so we’ll have to see what comes of it.  You can read more about it on Variety.com.  

 Whew that’s a lot of upcoming spy movies and series.  We’ll have to see how they all play out.  

 In Memoriam 

John Aniston 

Jennifer Aniston’s father, John Aniston has passed at age 89.  Known for his long-running roles on “Days of Our Lives” (over 2800 episodes) and “Search for Tomorrow”, Aniston also had roles in the spy tv series “I Spy” and “Mission: Impossible”. 

Ian Whittaker 

Actor and set decorator, Ian Whittaker has passed at age 94.  Whittaker, along with Luciana Arrighi won the Best Art Direction-Set Direction Academy Award for Howard’s End (1992).   He was also nominated for the same category for Anna and the King (1999), Remains of the Day (1993), and Alien (1979). 

Spy movie fans may remember Ian Whittaker for his role as Ordinary Seaman Thomas in the 1958 World War II espionage movie The Silent Enemy

John Dartigue 

John Dartigue has passed at the age of 82.  He was a Warner Bros VP Publicity for movies such as The Fugitive and The Dark Knight.  Prior to Warner Bros, he worked in publicity for United Artists where he worked on publicity for the first 10 James Bond movies. 

Tom's Rant 

So, we’ll end with Tom’s Rant.   

This is Tom's opinion, not necessarily Dan's.

Our friends at The Spy Command had a post talking about the Daniel Craig interview that was in the Los Angeles Times on November 16, 2022.  Spy Command put it this way: “Quotes from Craig’s interviews have split Bond movie fans. Craig fans say that shows why he’s a great actor. Craig critics cite this is why he’s selfish.”

Sign me up as a critic

Well, sign me up as a critic. I think the LA Times article was supposed to be hyping Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Craig’s latest movie.  Instead, it solidified my opinion of how big a selfish, narcissistic jerk (or whatever pejorative you want to use) Daniel Craig is.   

What we are talking about is how Craig thought HE was the one to control what happened to the character of James Bond.  And, if you read the LA Times article, Craig says ‘Well, you need to reset again.’ So let’s kill my character off and go find another Bond and go find another story.”  What a pompous “it’s all about me” buffoon (I had to try about 10 words here before I found one that was clean enough to use).  

It's not just No Time To Die

As I see it, Craig killed the Bond series, not just with the ending of No Time To Die, but how he shaped the character on screen.  Yes, part of it was the putrid writing of Purvis and Wade, but Craig ruined the character for me. This is very disappointing as I liked Craig’s Bond in Casino Royale.  However, then he changed the character, and not in a good way.    

And as Craig says in the article: “You’re making the mistake that I somehow have a plan,” Craig said with a laugh. “I don’t give it that much thought.” … “ I don’t have a game plan. The things that happen in my life professionally, the decisions I make about them are gut, mainly.” 

If Craig can kill of a character that had a run time of over 50 years, especially since he says he doesn’t have a game plan what else does he think he can do?  And, look at the really ugly predicament he left Eon Productions for going forward.  It’s all about him.  “If I can’t play him, kill him off”.  What a putz. 

Why is Craig still doing Bond ads?

Add the fact that Craig is still doing promotions and endorsements for Bond, as pointed out in another The Spy Command post.  It all shows it’s about him, Daniel Craig.   Craig says he does not “want to go back”.  Then leave already, you’ve done enough damage. 

Well, it does seem that it was Daniel craig’s idea to kill off Bond for a few reasons – one of which was so that he move on. Well, yeah this is all fiction, and anything can happen in fiction. Nonetheless, you don’t kill off Bond. James Bond.  

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Spy Movie News – November 29 2022 – Darkness of Man, One Ranger, The Prize and more!

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Spy Movie News – November 29 2022 – Darkness of Man, One Ranger, The Prize and more!

Join us as we look at 18 upcoming spy movies in this Spy Movie News - November 29, 2022 edition, including Face/Off, The Prize, and more!

Here is our November 29 2022 Spy Movie News. In this episode we look at eighteen upcoming spy movies or tv series, honor the people who have passed this month who worked on spy movies, and we have a Rant from Tom as well about Daniel Craig.

The movies and tv series we discuss in this episode are

  • Face/Off Sequel
  • Darkness of Man
  • Slow Horses
  • One Ranger
  • A Spy By Nature
  • The Prize
  • Ballerina
  • Day of the Jackal
  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
  • Dirty Angels
  • Operation Napoleon
  • Chief of Station
  • The Prize
  • Canary Black
  • Dixie Crystal
  • Red Shirt
  • Honey Trapped
  • They Shined on the Nile

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10 Reasons to Watch SABOTAGE (1936)

Dan and Tom look at 10 reasons to watch SABOTAGE, the 1936 Alfred Hitchcock classic. Listen to find out why you want to watch the movie.

Dan and Tom discuss 10 reasons to watch SABOTAGE, the 1936 Alfred Hitchcock spy movie. Sabotage was also released under the titles The Woman Alone and I Married A Murderer.

  1. The origin of the movie
  2. Spies living among regular people
  3. It’s hard to identify the enemy
  4. Stars one of our favorite spy movie stars
  5. Why Hitchcock didn’t like John Loder as the detective
  6. The influence of a 1935 Disney movie
  7. The opening of the movie
  8. Romance
  9. Exquisite camera and Foley work
  10. And of course, Sabotage”s influence on future spy movies.

So, listen to Dan and Tom to find out the details of their 10 reasons to watch SABOTAGE.

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Dan and Tom decode the movie THE SECRET INVASION (1964) looking at the action, the cast, the locations, the movie's influences, and more.

Join Dan and Tom as they dive into the 1964 World War II-based spy movie, THE SECRET INVASION (1964). Roger Corman directed this movie.

British Intelligence assembles a group of prisoners and gives them a chance to be pardoned. All they have to do is free an Italian general detained by the Nazis and survive.

Oh yeah, success is not going to be easy.

We decode THE SECRET INVASION (1964) looking at the plot, the cast, the action, the locations, and more. There is some very good acting in this one. And, we call out some great scenes that have been influenced by real life and other movies.

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Some of the topics we examine are how Hitchcock pionered “the wrongfully accused man”, the double chase (or double pursuit), using exotic locations, suave villains, how action and fight scenes are filmed, and of course the MacGuffin, and more. As an example, we look at the Hitchcock quote about spies: “heroes in their own country and villains in the foreign country” and look at how he used this idea in his spy movies.

In addition to looking at where Hitchcock used these techniques, we also discuss where other spy movies have used some of these techniques.

It’s an interesting discussion looking at our favorite movie genre through the lens of the master director. Find out what movies use the Hitchcock spy movie techniques.

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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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Richard Maibaum Papers at the University of Iowa

Richard Maibaum, who wrote many of the James Bond movie screenplays, donated his papers to the University of Iowa.. Pete Balistiere is the curator for Science Fiction and Pop Culture at the University Library.

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One fascinating part of the collection is the research folders. These contain articles that Maibaum clipped out on a variety of topics he researched for plot points. For instance, there is an article on blimps which he clipped out 3 years before A View To A Kill came out.

But, to us, probably the most interesting part of the collection are the treatments that Maibaum wrote. These are the stories before they are turned into screenplays. As a result, you get to see how the story evolves, sometimes dramatically.It is very cool to read a movie’s treatments and see the evolution of the movie’s story.

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Join Dan Silvestri, Tom Pizzato, and Vicky Hodges from Spy Movie Navigator, as they are Cracking the Code of the pre-title sequence in Thunderball.  

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Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LADY VANISHES Decoded

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Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LADY VANISHES Decoded

We decode the Hitchcock movie THE LADY VANISHES. What movies has this influenced? Did you know Hitchcock used this much humor? and more...

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes was released in 1938 and is based, in part, on the book “The Wheel Spins”. It has been remade three times for the big screen and television.

As the title implies, a lady vanishes while on a train. This movie is full of intrigue and is a fantastic spy story. So, once again, a train is a key location for a spy movie and here, it is vital for the story. Music is also a key piece to this movie as well. Listen to find out more!

The Lady Vanishes has more humor than most Hitchcock movies. And, the characters Charters and Caldicott appear in this movie for comic relief. They were so successful that they appeared in other movies in the future.

An interesting trivia question is asked about one of the actors in this episode! See if you know the answer!

So, join Dan and Tom as they decode The Lady Vanishes: Plot and scene analysis, new discoveries, and what movies had this movie influenced or how it was influenced by other spy movies. It is a fun journey!

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If you haven’t seen this movie it is available at no cost on YouTube.

Among the topics we decode from The Lady Vanishes:

  • The influence of Agatha Christie
  • Trains in spy movies
  • The opening set
  • The Hays Code and how Hitchock plays with it
  • The flowerpot
  • The use of music
  • Harriman’s Tea
  • The conspiracy
  • and More …

 


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North By Northwest – Part 1

Join Dan and Tom as they are Cracking the Code of Spy Movies. Today they navigate through part 1 of the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock classic, NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

Interview w/Director & Screenwriter for ALL THE OLD KNIVES!

This episode features the Director of the film, ALL THE OLD KNIVES, Janus Metz, and the Screenwriter and also the author of the novel of the same name, Olen Steinhauer!  

Funeral in Berlin (1966) – Scene Analysis & Connections – Part 1

Watch Video Analysis & Review of Key Scenes Join Dan and Tom as they head to Germany to attend the Funeral in Berlin!   This 1966 movie is the second installment after The Ipcress File, with Michael Caine as Harry Palmer,…

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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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Gadgets in James Bond’s Diamonds are Forever – Can You Believe it?

Join Dan, Tom, Vicky, and our special guest, Joe Pappalardo as we crack the code of the gadgets in Diamonds are Forever! We ask, Can you believe it?

Examining Ian Fleming’s Original James Bond Manuscripts – Part 1

Join Dan and Tom for Part One of their journey to The Lilly Library at Indiana University in the USA, as they examine, in-person, all of these wonderful James Bond masterpieces, gaining some insight into the novels and into Ian…

James Bond Spy Movie Collectibles

Watch the Video Version of this podcast Join Dan (Tom was on vacation during recording!) as he looks at some of the collectibles that SpyMovieNavigator owns from some of the James Bond movies! It’s a quick 14 minute look –…

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Rogue Agent – No-Spoiler Review

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Rogue Agent – No-Spoiler Review

Is ROGUE AGENT worth watching? Listen to our no-spoiler review to find out. We include some information to enhance your viewing experience.

This Rogue Agent review contains no spoilers.

Rogue Agent is a dramatization of the real-life story of Robert Freegard who is one of the most notorious con men in history. His story of manipulation, “kidnapping”, and theft is real and quite disturbing.

James Norton, Gemma Arterton, and Marisa Abela lead this fine cast with very good performances.

In our quick-fire review, we give you a no-spoiler look at this movie to help you determine if this movie is worth your time. Rogue Agent is likely to be one of those movies you will either love or hate. Our review will help guide you in your choice.

In addition, our Rogue Agent review is designed to enhance your viewing experience of the movie as we give you some background information the movie doesn’t.

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The 355 – A Quick-Fire Review

Join us for our NO SPOILER review of THE 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong'o, Penélope Cruz, and Bingbing Fan.

Spy Movies For Kids – behind the PG rating of SPIES IN DISGUISE!

In this 7 1/2 minute podcast, we look into the 2019 spy movie for kids, Spies in Disguise and show you why it has a PG rating.

The Gray Man – Review – No Spoilers

Join us as we take a no-spoiler look at the new Netflix movie, The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney's popular book series.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS Decoded!

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Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS Decoded!

Today we decode a Hitchcock classic, NOTORIOUS with our special co-host Bill Koenig of The Spy Command.

Dinner parties, cocktail parties, tuxedos, espionage, World War II war criminals, love, deception, murder, infiltration, and secret plans are all in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 spy movie, NOTORIOUS!

Today we decode this Hitchcock classic, NOTORIOUS with our special co-host, Bill Koenig of The Spy Command!  Bill joined us on our February 1st 2022 episode when we decoded The Man Who Knew Too Much.

This is a fun discussion on a fantastic spy movie.

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<em>The 39 Steps</em>

The 39 Steps, directed by Alfred Hitchcock is considered by many to the first spy movie ever made! If you came to our site as a Bond, Bourne, Hunt, Smiley, or other spy movie fan, you might not have seen…

Secret Agent (1936) – A second spy movie by Alfred Hitchcock

Join Dan and Tom as they are cracking the code of spy movies! Here, we're taking a close look at the 1936 Alfred Hitchcock movie, Secret Agent, its influence on future spy movies, and how sometimes being a secret agent…

THE IPCRESS FILE (1965) – Part 2

Watch the Video Version of this podcast Join Dan and Tom for Part 2 as they take a fresh look into one of the more significant spy movies of the 1960s, The IPCRESS File.

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The Gray Man – Review – No Spoilers

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The Gray Man – Review – No Spoilers

Join us as we take a no-spoiler look at the new Netflix movie, The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney's popular book series.

The Gray Man is a new Netflix spy movie starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thorton, and Jessica Henwick.

This movie is based on the the first bookof  author Mark Greaney’s Gray Man book series., Join us as we take a no-spoiler look at this movie.

The Gray Man is available in theaters now and will be available to stream on Netflix July 22, 2022.

We saw it in a theater, Should you?

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Charlie’s Angels (2019) – A Quick-Fire Look

Join Tom and Dan in Cracking the Code of Spy Movies! Here we take a Quick-Fire look at the new 2019 movie, Charlie's Angels and analyze its originality, what movies influenced it and what the overall impression is.

Spy Movies For Kids – behind the PG rating of SPIES IN DISGUISE!

In this 7 1/2 minute podcast, we look into the 2019 spy movie for kids, Spies in Disguise and show you why it has a PG rating.

RED NOTICE: A Quick-Fire Review – No Spoilers!

Join us as we’re Cracking the Code of the just released Netflix movie Red Notice. No Spoilers!

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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
  • and more …

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Gadgets in James Bond’s Diamonds are Forever – Can You Believe it?

Join Dan, Tom, Vicky, and our special guest, Joe Pappalardo as we crack the code of the gadgets in Diamonds are Forever! We ask, Can you believe it?

Gadgets FRWL & Goldfinger – Can You Believe it?

Join Tom, Dan and Vicky as they take apart the gadgets in From Russia With Love and Goldfinger - and determine whether we can believe in the gadget or not!   Fun stuff!

Team Fukunaga and Waller-Bridge – Will This NO TIME TO DIE Team Work?

Join Dan and Tom as they dive into how Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Cary Fukunaga team up with two different backgrounds on NO TIME TO DIE. Will this team work?

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Spy Movie News – June 28 2022 – The Gray Man, Spy Kids, Slow Horses and more!

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Spy Movie News – June 28 2022 – The Gray Man, Spy Kids, Slow Horses and more!

Here's our Spy Movie News for June 28 2022. we look at the July spy movies release schedule, spy movies in production and some industry news.

Join us for our Spy Movie News for June 28 2022. In this episode we look at spy movies being released in theater and on streaming platforms in July, 2022, including The Gray Man and Code Name Banshee. We’ll also look at spy movies in production and some industry news. Oh, and we’ll throw in a tidbit about the Glastonbury festival and a show coming to Broadway.

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Spy Movie News: September 28, 2021 – NO TIME TO DIE,  M:I7, THE KING’S MAN, More!

Today, we look at NO TIME TO DIE,  other James Bond news, big Mission: Impossible news, and other upcoming spy movies!

Spy Movie News December 28 2022 – A Spy Among Friends, Paradox Effect and more!

Join us for our Spy Movie News December 28 2022 edition. In this episode we look at Paradox Effect, A Spy Among Friends, Ballerina, and more!

Spy Movie News – March 9, 2021 Mission Impossible, James Bond, The Gray Man, Agent Game & More

In this episode of Spy Movie News, Dan discusses the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies, No Time To Die, The Gray Man, Agent Game, Boon, Killers of the Flower Moon, how to win a chance to get paid to watch all…

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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.  

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.

Best of the Rest Movies Podcasts

Listen to our podcasts of our Best of the Rest category of spy movies.  This is just one part of the Cracking the Code of Spy Movies Channel.

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Interview w/Director & Screenwriter for ALL THE OLD KNIVES!

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Interview w/Director & Screenwriter for ALL THE OLD KNIVES!

This episode features the Director of the film, ALL THE OLD KNIVES, Janus Metz, and the Screenwriter and also the author of the novel of the same name, Olen Steinhauer!  

The new espionage movie ALL THE OLD KNIVES, has a release date of April 8, 2022, in the US on Amazon Prime Video.

We interview the Director of the film, ALL THE OLD KNIVES, Janus Metz, and the Screenwriter and also the author of the novel of the same name, Olen Steinhauer!

In this movie, two CIA agents and ex-lovers (Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton) are brought back together years after a failed rescue attempt – and forced to blur the lines between profession and passion in this deeply riveting tale of global espionage, moral dilemma, and deadly betrayal.  Add Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce and you have one star-studded cast.

Join us for this fascinating talk!   How’d they get the title?  The cast?

Or watch and listen to this fascinating interview on our Cracking the Code of Spy Movies YouTube channel 

Check out our “ALL THE OLD KNIVES First Reactions – No Spoilers” episode to hear our thoughts on the movie (available April 6th).

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In our no-spoiler discussion of the movie All the Old Knives with director Janus Metz and screenwriter Olen Steinhauer, we discuss:

  • The chaotic first 45-seconds of the movie
  • How Olen Steinhauer turned his novel “All the Old Knives” into a screenplay
  • The use of flashbacks
  • The importance of the Director of Photography
  • How COVID impacted filming
  • How they shot airplane interiors
  • The importance of family to the story
  • The cast (Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishbourne, and Jonathan Pryce)
  • And more …

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Funeral in Berlin (1966) – Part 2 – Scene Analysis & Connections

Watch Video Analysis & Review of Key Scenes Join Dan and Tom as they finish up their look at Funeral in Berlin! 

Alfred Hitchcock’s NOTORIOUS Decoded!

Today we decode a Hitchcock classic, NOTORIOUS with our special co-host Bill Koenig of The Spy Command.

Billion Dollar Brain – Decoded!

Join Dan and Tom as they decode the third Harry Palmer movie with Michael Caine, based on the Len Deighton novels!

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Movies about Spies! 

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movies about spies   Alright, you know our website, podcast show, and YouTube channel are all about movies about spies! At SpyMovieNavigator.com, movies about spies is a genre we just love and love diving into to decode hidden connections, key scene analysis, and details that we think need to be highlighted in order to enjoy the movie the most.      

Some listener reactions:

  • “Your podcast is excellent. Very informative and fun to listen to. It is obvious a lot of passion for the genre and lots of research have gone in their production.”
  • “Just a shout out: you guys are killing it lately with the great podcasts” –Shane!
  • “You’re the men with the Midastouch, engaging & fun, as always!Eddie
  • “If you’re a spy movie fan, you’re going to really enjoy these.  The hosts make it fun and offer some fascinating trivia about the movies we all love.”  Apple Listener

James Bond podcast listener reactions

Naturally, we are heavy into James Bond and the whole James Bond franchise.  We have episodes out on many of the movies and a ton of the pre-title scenes that have been enjoyed around the world. You can find them here. Here are some listener reactions to our Bond episodes: On our two-part Quantum of Solace interview with Roberto Schaefer ASC, AIC, Director of Photography (Listen here: Part 1 and Part 2):
  • “The two-part interview put you over the top.  The insights into the filming of a Bond film, from the Director of Photography no less, was fascinating.”
  • “Great behind the scenes info and discussion with cinematographer Roberto Schaefer.”
  • “If podcasts and content about James Bond is your thing. Just recently they featured a great interview with Roberto Schaefer who was the Director of Photography for QUANTUM OF SOLACE.” - Thunderballs
On our two-part podcast episode on Thunderball:
  • Jesus M. – about Thunderball Part 1: “Really Loved it!!  You guys do a Good Job Explaining the film in Detail I even love Tom talking about the original No Time to Die in the UK in 1958 wow!!!!”
We even do episodes decoding gadgets.  Here's a listener comment on our podcast episode Gadgets in Spy Movies – Dr. No & Skyfall – Can You Believe It?
  •  “Love This Episode of the Podcast!  The Way you Guys Explain in Detail Each Gadget from Dr. No and Skyfall and The Interview with Joe Pappalardo was Great ”

Movies About Spies Categories

Well, we love movies about spies, and we are so thrilled that our site users and listeners to our podcast show can feel that as well! We do Mission: Impossible as well, decoding that terrific series. And the Harry Palmer 1960s series, The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, and Billion Dollar Brain! And certainly, we must cover and do cover, The Kingsman series!   All fun stuff! And we do a fun category of this genre, classic spy movies – which falls under our umbrella category, The Best of the Rest! So, we have podcast episodes out on The 39 Steps, which many consider the first spy movie, released in 1935 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock!  Doing more Hitchcock, we moved to Secret Agent (1936), The Man Who Knew Too Much (both 1934 and 1956 versions), and North by Northwest (1959). We decode other spy movie classics like Q Planes, or Clouds Over Europe.

Spy Movie News

Monthly, for our listeners' convenience, we research and report on what is happening with spy movie releases, actors, and more and present that all in a short (usually 15 minute) episode called Spy Movie News – so our listeners are totally up to date in about 15 minutes, as a result of our hours of research!

Interviews

Cracking the Code of Spy Movies also does interviews, and we have had the Director of Photography for Quantum of Solace, Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC!  We have had actors from some of the James Bond movies, like Derek Lyons, Terence Mountain, Brigitte Millar, a real ex-CIA operative, Executive Producer Steven Saltzman, and more!  You'll find all of our interviews here. All fun and enlightening and a little bit irreverent at times!

Movies about Spies Filming Locations

We also do spy movie filming location videos and podcast episodes as well – which have been very popular.   There is something so cool about visiting spy movie filming locations, and we have been to over 120 locations about the world, from the USA to Portugal, the UK, Sardinia, Amsterdam, and more!

Our Website: SpyMovieNavigator.com

 

SPYmdb - Our Spy Movie Database

Our website features an exclusive James Bond Movie database, based on Steven Jay Rubin’s hot-selling book, The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia! So, you can do your own research or perusing or facts from all the James Bond movies!   Getting ready for a James Bond trivia contest?   This is the place to do your homework!

Trivia

Speaking of trivia contests, we have hosted the last two James Bond International Trivia Marathons, put on by Steven Jay Rubin!   Fun stuff!  You can listen to the 2020 Trivia Marathon here.   And the 2021 Trivia Marathon is here. Our website also has two trivia contests, where you can take a quiz yourself, either on movies about spies in general, or one specific to James Bond.   All free! You will find key links and articles on our site as well, some movie clips, and more.   You can listen to a podcast episode there as well!

More Feedback

Our podcast show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies, has been voted Top 10 Espionage & Spy Podcasts by Spybrary! Here is some more great feedback!  Thank you!
  • “Dan I am a follower of the SpyMovieNavigator Podcast (Cracking the Code of Spy Movies). Love it!” -Bob Sherer
  • “Love your stuff guys!” -spyhards
  • Twitter Follower: “You're doing a wonderful job. Keep it up” – Dinok
  • Podcast Listener: “I’m just finding them all really interesting & fun to listen to!  Subject matter always interesting, the details fascinating.”

Conclusion

So, if you are into movies – and in particular, movies about spies – well, this is the place to be! Be sure to Subscribe to our show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies through your favorite podcast app, and to our YouTube channel.   Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!  

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