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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 Rating (UK) 15 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 … 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

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