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The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy (2003)

Director: Anil Sharma Starring: Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Amish Puri, Kabir Bedi Music: Uttah Singh Choreography: Ganesh Acnabya The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy is a big budget Bollywood spectacular. At the time of it’s release it was the most expensive Hindi film to date. The film opens in Toronto Canada, and […]

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The Naked Runner (1967)

Director: Sidney J. Furie Starring: Frank Sinatra, Derren Nesbitt, Peter Vaughan, Nadia Gray, James Fox Music: Harry Sukman Based on the novel by Francis Clifford The Naked Runner is a rather limp follow-up to The Ipcress File by director Sidney J. Furie. The film stars Frank Sinatra as Sam Laker, an American business man who […]

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Codename Jaguar (1965)

Director: Maurice LabroStarring: Ray Danton, Pascale Petit, Horst Frank, Wolfgang Preiss, Roger HaninMusic: Michel Legrand Codename Jaguar is a wild Eurospy extravaganza. It is loud, lurid (I think – the colours on the print I viewed were ‘bleeding’ into each other) and ultimately extremely entertaining. This time Danton is Jeff Larson, a swinging secret agent. […]

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Mata Hari (1985)

Director: Curtis Harrington Starring: Sylvia Kristel, Christopher Cazenove, Oliver Tobias, Gaye Brown, Gottfried John, Anthony Newlands Music: Wilfred Josephs I am sure that this won’t be the worst Mata Hari movie ever made, but by the same token, it is rather limp affair. Strangely, the film-makers couldn’t decide if they wanted to make a faithful […]

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Johnny English (2003)

Director: Peter Howitt Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, John Malkovich, Ben Miller, Tim Pigott-Smith, Kevin McNally Music: Edward Shearmur Title song: ‘A Man For All Seasons’, performed by Robbie Williams Johnny English is a pleasant enough time killer with one or two laughs thrown in along the way. While the film was a massive hit […]

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I Spy Returns (1994)

Director: Jerry London Starring: Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, George Newbern, Salli Richardson, Nikolaus Paryla, Jonathan Hyde Music: Johnny Harris I Spy Returns is a belated nostalgia film, which plays more like an episode of The Cosby Show than the spy series that spawned it. Let’s begin at the top. The credits roll and there is […]

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The Jigsaw Man (1983)

Director: Terence Young Starring: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George, Robert Powell, Charles Gray, Vladek Sheybal, Anthony Dawson, Peter Burton Music: John Cameron Song: ‘Only You And I’ performed by Dionne Warwick Based on the novel by Dorothea Bennett The Jigsaw Man opens with a rather paunchy, grey old Englishman living in Russia receiving a […]

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Kiss Kiss Kill Kill (1965)

AKA: Hunting The Unknown Director: Frank Kramer (Gianfranco Parolini) Starring: Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Maria Perschy, Nikola Popovic, Liliane Dulovic Music: Bobby Gutesha Based on the novel by Bert F. Island (a pseudonym for Paul Alfred Muller) Kiss Kiss Kill Kill is the first of seven films in the Kommissar X (Commissioner X) series, but […]

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That Man In Istanbul (1965)

Director: Anthony Isasi Starring: Horst Buchholz, Sylva Koscina, Klaus Kinski, Gustavo Re, Alvaro De Luna, Perrette Pradier, Mario Adorf Music: Georges Garvarentz That Man From Istanbul is one of the most accessible and entertaining of the Eurospy films made in the mid sixties. It features Sylva Koscina in a major role. She may barely raise […]

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The 39 Steps (1935)

Director: Alfred HitchcockStarring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Wylie WatsonMusical director: Louis LevyLoosely based on the novel by John Buchan Obviously this is one of the classic films of all time, regardless of it being a spy film, and much has been written about it and it’s director Alfred Hitchcock. And naturally, […]

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