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Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: PG, USA: PG, Denmark: 7  Source of story A story based on the characters in the first two films. Some have said that the plot is identical to that in the first film.   Director David Kerr Writers/Script William Davies Starring Kevin Eldon, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Michael Gambon, Charles Dance, … Continue reading

Air America (1990)

Duration 1h 53m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Norway: 10  Source of story Loosely based on a book by Christopher Robbins Director Roger Spottiswood Writers/Script John Eskow, Richard Rush Starring Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr, Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins, Lane Smith, Burt Kwouk,  Ratings IMDb: 5.8/10 by 28,512 people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 13% by 15 reviewers. … Continue reading

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2017)

Duration 1h 47m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11  Source of story This is almost a franchise, so the story lifts off from the previous xXx outings. Director D.J. Caruso Writers/Script F.Scott Frazier based on characters by Rich Wilkes Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Rubt Rose, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, … Continue reading

Anna (2019)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16  Source of story An original screenplay in the Luc Bresson style.  Director Luc Bresson Writers/Script Luc Bresson Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Lera Abova,  Ratings IMDb: 6.7/10 by 73,523 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 34% by 71 reviewers. Review2view: 7.5/10 Elevator Pitch: this is … Continue reading

Hanna (2011)

Duration 1h 51m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 12  Source of story An original screenplay Director Joe Wright Writers/Script Seth Lochhead, David Farr Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Williams, Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander,  Ratings IMDb: 6.8/10 by 195k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 71% by 230 reviewers. Review2view: 7/10 . Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Bond 25: No Time To Die (2021)

R2V Summary. A wonderful opening sequence before the title, but downhill from there. Duration 2h 40m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11,  Source of story Characters by Ian Fleming and the last 15 years of Bond Director Cary Joji Fukunaga Writers/Script Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge Starring Daniel Craig, Léa … Continue reading

Bourne 3: The Bourne Ultimatum

Duration 1h 55m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11 Source of story A direct continuation of Bourne 2 all following novels by Robert Ludlum Director Paul Greengrass Writers/Script Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Scott Adkins,  … Continue reading

Bond 17: GoldenEye (1995)

Duration 2h 10m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 16  Source of story A complete fabrication using the name of Ian Fleming’s house in Jamaica. Director Martin Campbell Writers/Script Michael France, Jeffrey Caine, Bruce Feirstein Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrain, Alan Cumming, Desmond Llewelyn, … Continue reading

Central Intelligence (2016)

Duration 1h 47m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11,  Source of story An original screenplay Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Writers/Script Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul, Thomas Kretschmann, Melissa McCarthy, Megan Park, Ratings IMDb: 6.3 by 164,767 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 71% … Continue reading

Stratton (2017)

Duration 1h 34m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15  Source of story Based on a series of novels by Duncan Falconer Director Simon West Writers/Script Warren Davis II, Duncan Falconer Starring Dominic Cooper, Austin Stowell, Gemma Chan, Connie Nielsen, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretchmann, Derek Jacobi,  Ratings IMDb: 4.8 by 4,673 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 0% by … Continue reading

I Spy (2002)

Duration 1h 37m Ratings UK: 13, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13, Source of story This film apparently derived from a 1960s US TV series of the same name with the same constituents.  Director Betty Thomas Writers/Script Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn Starring Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell,  Gary Cole, Sugar Ray … Continue reading

Bond 24: Spectre (2015)

Duration 2h 28m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Norway: 12, Source of story Using the characters developed by Ian Fleming and riffing off the previous Bond 23, a new screenplay unrelated to any Fleming story.  Director Sam Mendes Writers/Script John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Jez Butterworth Starring Daniel Craig, Chrsitoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph … Continue reading

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)

Duration 1h 55m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12. Source of story Based on a novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz using characters developed by Stieg Larsson Director Fede Alvarez Writers/Script Jay Basu, Fede Alvarez, Steven Knight Starring Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Covvery, and a lot … Continue reading

Bond 23: Skyfall (2012)

Duration 2h 23m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Nearly everywhere 12ish. Source of story An original screenplay using the characters developed by Ian Fleming and preivous Bonds. Director Sam Mendes, Writers/Script Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Mariohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whshaw, Rory Kinnear, … Continue reading

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

Duration 1h 45m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 7,  Source of story Despite the title, an original screenplay Director Greg Mottola Writers/Script Michael LeSieur Starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, Matt Walsh, Patton Oswalt, Ming Zhao,  Ratings IMDb: 5.9 by 56,838 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 20% by 122 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Jeff … Continue reading

Unlocked (2017)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain 16. Source of story An original screenplay Director Michael Apted Writers/Script Peter O’Brien Starring Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Michael Douglas,  Ratings IMDb: 6.3 by 28,504 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 26% by 57 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: CIA interrogator Alice Racine, a lady with a … Continue reading

Mile 22 (2018)

Duration 1h 34m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R, Canada: 14A,  Source of story A not very original screenplay. Story Graham Roland, Lea Carpenter Director Peter Berg Writers/Script Lea Carpenter Starring Mark Walberg, Lauren Cohen, Iko Uwais, John Malkovitch, Ronda Rousey, Sam Medina,  Ratings IMDb:  6.1 by 63,668 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 23% by 189 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Damascus Cover (2017)

Duration 1h 33m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R,  Source of story A 1977 book of the same name by Howard Kaplan  Director Daniel Zelik Berk Writers/Script Daniel Zelik Berk, Samantha Newton Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, Jurgen Prochnow, John Hurt,  Ratings IMDb:  5.2 by 2186 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 14% by 22 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: In … Continue reading

Jack Ryan 5: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The character created by author Tom Clancy Director Kenneth Branagh Writers/Script Adam Cozad, David Koepp Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Cosner, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Chan, David Hayman, Elevator Pitch: Jack Ryan, a CIA agent working in Wall Street in deep cover as a financial analyst, … Continue reading

The Equaliser 2 (2018)

Duration 2h 1m Source of story Based on the TV series of the same name by Michael Slone, and to an extent on the first film. Director Antoine Fuqua Writers/Script Richard Wenk Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Evelator Pitch: Robert McCall is an ex black ops man who in … Continue reading

Mission: Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A newish screenplay using the characters form the previous films and the concept from the TV series. Director Christopher McQuarrie Writers/Script Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBruney, Tom Hollander, Alec Baldwin, Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Bond 14: A View to a Kill (1985)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Apparently only part of the title of an Ian Fleming short story was used. Director John Glen Writers/Script Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson Starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, David Yip, Fiona Fullerton, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen, … Continue reading

Bond 13: Octopussy (1983)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The title from an Ian Fleming short story – the content more or less original. Director John Glen Writers/Script George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson Starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown, Lois Maxwell, Walter Gotell, … Continue reading

The Equalizer (2012)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A development of a TV series “The Equaliser” starring Edward Woodward and created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim Director Antoine Fuqua Writers/Script Richard Wenk Starring Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Elevator Pitch: A man working in a … Continue reading

The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A TV series of the same name which ran for four seasons in the 1960s, created by Sam Rolfe Director Guy Ritchie Writers/Script Guy Richie, Lionel Wigram (Story by Jeff Kleeman, David C. Wilson, Guy Richie, Lionel Wigram) Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth … Continue reading

Bond 3: Goldfinger (1964)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book of the same name, and at this stage in the franchise much of the content, written by Ian Fleming Director Guy Hamilton Writers/Script Richard Maibaum, Paul Dehn Starring Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, … Continue reading

Hobbs & Shaw (Of Fast & Furious)2019

Duration 2h 17m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Two characters who have appeared on opposite sides in recent F&F outings. Director David Leitch (He of John Wick and Atomic Blonde) Writers/Script Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce, (story by Chris Morgan characters by Gary Scott Thompson) Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen … Continue reading

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on a graphic novel “The Coldest City” written by Anthony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart. Director David Leitch Writers/Script Kurt Johnstad Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman, Toby Jones, James Faulkner, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård Elevator Pitch: In the days before … Continue reading

Bond 12: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Elevator Pitch. When a British spy ship, with a control system for Polaris submarines is accidentlly sunk a number of clandestine organisations are searching  for it, in order to capture the control system and sell it to the eager Russians. In order to frustrate the searchers, Bond is required to infiltrate their organisations then find … Continue reading

Bond 4: Thunderball (1965)

Elevator Pitch. When SPECRE steals two atomic bombs, by hijacking a Vulcan bomber, and holds the civilised world to ransom Bond is dispatched to the Bahamas to infiltrate the organisation and to firstly find out what is going on, and secondly to locate the bombs. But the clock is ticking so can he convince the … Continue reading

Jason Bourne (2016)

Elevator Pitch Nicky Parsons, working for an environmental group, hacks into the CIA database and finds stuff about the origins of Treadstone, and as a result contacts Bourne who has been living off the grid as a bare nuckle fighter They meet in Athens, but the new head of cyber ops in the CIA detects … Continue reading

Bond 1: Dr No (1962)

Elevator Pitch When the MI6 agent in Jamaica disappears and his secretary is found dead,  Bond is sent out to find out what has happened. On the trail Bond is waylaid by a couple of young women, one on his side and one against him, but finally he determines that he must go to Crab … Continue reading

RED 2 (2013)

Elevator Pitch. Former CIA agent Frank Moses and his young girfriend once more find themselves being hunted by gunmen apparently due to his involvement in an operation called Nightshade. They are rescued by a former colleague, and despite an increasing level of danger, they recruit the assassins sent to dispatch them and go in search … Continue reading

Extraction (2015)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Yet another screenplay about a secret code which will be capable of taking over the world. Writers/Script Max Adams, Umair Aleem Additional Info I had thought that Bruce Willis would have filmed his scenes in a couple of days, but actually he had managed to do … Continue reading

Bond 2: From Russia With Love

Released 1963 Rating PG in UK Director Terence Young Writer/s Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood Starring Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Bernard Lee, Walter Gotell, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn Source of story Book of the same name by Ian Fleming Elevator Pitch Bond is sent to Istanbul to recover a Russian … Continue reading

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