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Espionage & Supercops

From Russia With Love (UK, 1963)

Directed by Terence Young. Cast: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Francis de Wolff, George Pastell, Nadja Regin, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn. A beautiful Russian girl is used as part of an international conspiracy to kill James Bond, Agent 007. The adventure leads him through Istanbul aboard the Orient Express.

Gold Finger (UK, 1964)

Directed by Guy Hamilton. Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton. Agent 007 takes on billionaire Auric Goldfinger, who plans to throw the world economy into a tailspin by contaminating the gold at Fort Knox with nuclear radiation. Special features (Disc 2: ): Declassified: M16 vault; 007 mission control; Mission dossier; ministry of propaganda. 110 min.

Goldeneye(UK / USA, 1995)

Directed by Martin Campbell. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker. When an MI6 agent turns rogue and plans world domination with a terrifying satellite-borne weapon, Bond must pursue his former ally to Cuba, Monte Carlo, Switzerland and even Russia, all whilst dodging a sexy, deadly femme fatale who will stop at nothing to put the 'squeeze' on Bond.


Directed by Ronald Neame. Cast: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Herbert Lom, Ned Beatty. One of the CIA's top international operatives is suddenly relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, and with the aid of a chic Viennese widow, he puts himself back in the game by writing a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. The CIA now wants him dead, but he refuses to cooperate--because he's having to much fun! Based on the novel by Brian Garfield.

In Like Flint (1967)

Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan. Superspy Derek Flint is on a mission to track down the criminal organization known as Galaxy. Special features include commentary by film historians Eddie Friedfeld and Lee Pfeiffer. Derek Flint must save the day when the president of the United States is kidnapped and replaced by an evil imposter. Flint finds that a group of women have banded together to take over the world through subliminal brainwashing in beauty salons they own. Disc 1. Feature film (114 min.) -- Disc 2.

Jet Pilot (1957)

Director, Josef von Sternberg. Cast: John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen, Paul Fix, Hans Conreid, The U.S. Air Force. Sent by the Pentagon to obtain top secret information from a supposedly defecting Russian lady pilot, the Colonel courts her so successfully that they fall in love and wed. With their marriage as a perfect cover, he is ordered to flee Russia with his bride, this time with him posing as a defector. When the political charade is discovered, however, the courageous couple embark in a dangerous flight to freedom in a heart-pounding escape with enemy agents in hot pursuit.

Juve contre Fantomas (Silent; 1913-14)

Directed by Louis Feuillade. The Simplon Express disaster (23 min.) -- The haunted Villa (23 min.) Episodes of the Fantomas silent film serial about the adventures of Fantomas, the mysterious bandit in a black hood who is relentlessly tracked by Juve, the detective. Fantomas was an immense worldwide success and helped establish the advent of film serials in the United States. 47 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Lethal Weapon (1987)

Directed by Richard Donner. Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love, Traci Wolfe. The story of two Vietnam-vets-turned-cops who have just one thing in common: both hate to work with partners. But their partnership becomes the key to survival when a murder investigation leads to war with a heroin ring. 117 min.

License to Kill(UK, 1981)

Directed by John Glen. Cast: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Talisa Soto, Anthony Zerbe. Timothy Dalton portrays the superagent 007 who leaves the British Secret Service and begins a fierce vendetta after his friend Felix Leiter is brutally attacked by drug lord Franz Sanchez. 133 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See also: Ian Flemming on Film Bibliography

Little Drummer Girl (1984)

Director, George Roy Hill. Featuring Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski. Charlie is a repertory actress and Palestinian sympathizer thrust into the world of international espionage. The cunning head of an Israeli counterspy group sees Charlie's politics and romantic vulnerability as the perfect trap for their quarry, the elusive Palestinian terrorist Khalil. 130 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database