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Espionage & Supercops


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Madame Konstantin, Reinhold Schunzel. Working undercover for the U.S. government in Rio, the daughter of a convicted Nazi traitor marries a ruthless Nazi spy, but then begins a love affair with her American contact. Torn between passion and patriotism, they must sacrifice their feelings or risk destruction. 136 min.

Octopussy(UK / USA, 1983)

Directed by John Glen. Cast: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi. Roger Moore portrays the immortal action hero James Bond as he investigates the murder of a fellow agent who was clutching a priceless Faberge egg at the time of his death. 131 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See also: Ian Flemming on Film Bibliography

On Her Majesty's Secret Service(UK, 1969)

Directed by Peter Hunt. Cast: Geogre Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppar, Lois Maxwell, George Baker, Bernard Lee, Bernard Horsfall, Desmond Llewelyn. James Bond goes undercover in the treacherous Swiss Alps and becomes involved in artillery-laden ski pursuits, incredible stunts and thrills. James finds love with the beautiful and seductive Tracy Di Vicenzo. But first Bond must stop the evil genius Blofeld from realising a germ warfare plot could kill millions.

Our Man Flint (1966)

Directed by Daniel Martin. Cast: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan, Edward Mulhare. 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. When the intelligence agencies of the world find that their agents are being murdered at an alarming rate their leaders all write out the qualities an agent will need to succeed against the terrible crisis they are facing. Derick Flint is the only agent with all the qualities.

Our Man in Havana (UK, 1959)

Directed by Carol Reed. Cast: Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Noel Coward, Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow. Vacuum cleaner salesman Jim Wormold is recruited by the British Secret Service to become an unlikely agent in Cuba. As he has nothing to report, he invents facts, pretends to recruit agents and spins a web of lies about foreign government secrets. When the local coppers decode his fake messages, all hell breaks loose in Havana and Wormold must become the spy he dreads in order to survive his own swindle. Based on the novel by Graham Greene.

Pickup on South Street (1953)

Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter. Richard Widmark stars as Skip McCoy, thief with a record as a three-time loser. That doesn't stop him from pickpocketing a street-smart beauty who's carrying secret microfilm for a gang of communist spies. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

Quantum of Solace (UK / USA, 2008)

Directed by Marc Foster. Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, David Harbour, Jesper Christensen. Seeking revenge for the death of his love, secret agent James Bond sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking control of a country's water supply. Special features: Bond on location featurette; start of shooting featurette; on location featurette; Olga Kurylenko and the boat chase featurette; director Marc Forster featurette; the music featurette; crew files behind-the-scenes clips. 100 min.

Ronin (1998)

Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsg?ard, Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce. A group of freelance intelligence agents work together to steal a mysterious package, only to have a doublecross throw things into confusion. 121 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Spione (Spies) (silent, 1928)

Director, Fritz Lang. Featuring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Lien Deyers. The first "modern" spy film. A power-hungry banker with many disguises marshals his forces to steal the secrets of an important treaty. 90 min. ; (DVD also includes "M" and "Felix the Cat 'All Puzzled'")Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
O'Brien, Geoffrey. "Fritz Lang's 'Spies': Now and Forever." Film Comment v31, n4 (July-August, 1995):66 (4 pages).

The Bourne Identity (2002)

Directors: Doug Liman. Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Jason Bourne is pulled from the sea suffering from amnesia with a pair of bullet wounds in his back. His only clue to his own identity is a bank account number etched on a capsule implanted in his body. He finds the Zurich bank where money, a gun, and several passports with different names await. He quickly realizes he can trust no one and offers a German gypsy named Maria ten thousand dollars for a ride to Paris.