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Espionage & Supercops

Live and Let Die(UK / USA, 1989)

Directed by Guy Hamilton. Cast: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Julius W. Harris, Geoffrey Holder, David Hedison, Gloria Hendry, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell. James Bond battles the forces of black magic that hurtles him from the streets of New York City to Louisiana's bayou country. With charm, wit and deadly assurance, James takes on a powerful drug lord with a diabolical scheme to conquer the world.

Mata Hari(1931)

Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Cast: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone. Garbo is mesmerizing as the dancer-turned-German secret agent in a wartime Paris seething with secrets and betrayal. With the world at war, love was her weapon. The only men she couldn' t seduce were the 12 in the firing squad that ended her life. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ministry of Fear (1944)

Directed by Fritz Lang. Featuring Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary ) Brooke, Percy Waram, Dan Duryea, Alan Napier, Erskine Sanford. A man is released into World War II England after 2 years in an asylum, but the outside world does not seem so sane either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and does not quite know to whom to turn. 87 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mission Impossible II (2000)

Directed by John Woo Cast: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Sherbedgia, Ving Rhames. IMF agent Ethan Hunt partners up with Nyah Hall to stop renegade agent Sean Ambrose from releasing a new kind of terror on an unsuspecting world. Special features: "Behind the mission" cast & crew interviews; "Mission incredible" stunts featurette; "Impossible shots" 11 stunt sequences; audio commentary by director John Woo; "I disappear" Metallica music video; alternate title sequence; "Mission improbable" parody; scene selection. 123 min.

Mission Impossible III (2006)

Directed by J.J. Abrams. Cast: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne. Ethan Hunt has retired from active duty as a super-spy in order to train new IMF agents. He is called back into action to confront the toughest villain he has ever faced - Owen Davian, an international weapons and information provider with no remorse and no conscience.

Mission Impossible</a> (1996)

Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Vanessa Redgrave. Secret agent, Ethan Hunt, is framed for the deaths of his espionage team. He flees from government assassins, breaks into the CIA vault, clings to the roof of a speeding train, all to stay one step ahead of his pursuers.

Moonraker (UK / France, 1979)

Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Cast: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Corinne Clery. Roger Moore stars for the fourth time as Agent 007 and joins forces with NASA scientist Holly Goodhead to prevent a power-mad industrialist from destroying all human life on Earth. 121 min. Credit and other information from Internet Movie Database See also: Ian Flemming on Film Bibliography

Never Say Never Again (UK / USA / West Germany, 1983)

Directed by Irvin Kershner. Cast: Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max Von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Bernie Casey, Alec McCowen, Edward Fox. From the luxury yacht the length of a football field, Largo oversees a master plan of mayhem involving stolen cruise missiles, nuclear extortion, deadly video games and all the other evils in SPECTRE'S arsenal. James Bond, Agent 007, goes into battle with a fabulous flying motorcycle and other ghastly gadgets, including a fountain pen that can write you off with a bang. 133 min.

Night Train to Munich (UK, 1940)

Directed by Carol Reed. Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Paul von Henreid, Rex Harrison, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne. A World War II era journey from Prague to England to the Swiss Alps, in which Nazis pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter who are being aided by a debonair British undercover agent. Based on an original story by Gordon Wellesley. Special features: Video conversation between film scholars Peter Evans and Bruce Babington ; booklet with essay by film critic Philip Kemp. 90 min.

North by Northwest(1959)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, Martin Landau. Enemy agents mistake an unsuspecting New York City advertising executive for an American spy. In this thriller he becomes involved with a beautiful double agent with the action ranging from the United Nations building in New York to the faces of Mount Rushmore. 136 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database