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Spy (2015)


Elevator Pitch

A normally desk bound CIA agent, Susan Cooper, is let out into the field because none of the people being tracked, in order to recover a nuclear device, know her. She must infiltrate a criminal organisation led by Rayna Boyanov,  the daughter of a man killed accidentally by the agent she usually supports and convince her that she has been been hired by her father as a bodyguard, and as a member of the gang’s inner circle follows the progress of the negotiations to sell the bomb.


There are a load of set pieces, starting when Susan is supporting agent Bradley Fine from the CIA ops room, and carrying on into her travels through the major cities of Europe, ending up in Budapest and the various dachas of the rich and famous. Many typical Bond scenes are spoofed, including a car chase – Susan on a scooter – a fight in an aircraft with people experiencing zero gravity and a helicopter incident with her hanging from the landing skids. She is pursued by a spy who lusts after her, but there is no nudity, no sex, but a view of one probably prosthetic penis.

A View Melissa McCarthy seemed to be channelling her Vicar of Dibley for much of the time, which was fine. The director apparently wrote the parts for several of the cast, and it shows; they were great and Jason Statham was particularly praised for successfully sending himself up. I laughed out loud several times, so a watch if you like the actors and a film which can be said to have successfully spoofed Bond.
Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay which I felt had a similarity to Bond 19: The World is Not Enough.
Director Paul Feig
Writers/Script Paul Feig
Starring Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chaffin, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney, Rose Byrne, Morena Baccarin, Jason Statham, Carlos Ponce, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Serafinowicz, 50 Cent
Additional Info The band on stage, who Susan interrupts to use their microphone was the Ukrainian  2007 runner-up in the Eurovision song contest.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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