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The Numbers Station (2013)

Duration 1h 29m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, elsewhere mostly 16. Source of story An original screenplay Director Kasper Barfoed Writers/Script F. Scott Frazier Starring John Cusack, Malin Ackerman, Liam Cunningham, Lucy Griffiths,  Ratings IMDb: 5.6 by 19,079 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 30% by 27 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: When Emerson Kent, a CIA black ops man, … Continue reading

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Elevator Pitch In the early 1970s Control, the head of MI6, suspects that there is a mole in the senior management and, on the possibility of finding out who it is, sends Jim Prideaux to Hungary. But Prideaux is shot and as a result Control and his right hand man George Smiley are sacked. Later … Continue reading

The Cold Light of Day (2012)

Elevator Pitch. After a family holiday on a large yacht in the Costas goes disasterously wrong, Will, a young man with business problems finds himself on the run in Madrid after his father has been shot, chased by the CIA and in pursuit of a brief case, which, if he can retrieve it, will result … Continue reading

Eye in the Sky (2015)

Elevator Pitch. After the death of one of their spies on the ground in Kenya the British military are prepared to use the American technology manifest in a drone piloted from the USA and the local secret service who have deployed an ornithopter, to follow the activities of a terrorist group, with the intent of … Continue reading

Criminal (2016)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Douglas Cook, David Weisberg Additional Info I like to look at the IMDb trivia to see if there is anything interesting that people have uploaded. This film seems to have garnered a mass of what look like press releases, so here’s a … Continue reading

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Duration 2h 37m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on real events Writers/Script Mark Boal Additional Info The script writer was offered, and received co-operation from the CIA in the development of the story and, some would say, it shows. Director Kathryn Bigelow Starring Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, … Continue reading

The Recruit (2003)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An orignal screenplay Writers/Script Roger Towne, Kurt Wimmer, Mitch Glazer Additional Info Said to be watched by CIA recruits as light entertainment. Director Roger Donaldson Starring Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan, Gabriel Macht Elevator Pitch A group of young men and women are recruited to … Continue reading

Bond 18: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 13 Source of story Earlier Bond films – retaining the characters of 007, M, Q and Miss Moneypenny but little else. Writers/Script Bruce Feirstein Additional Info The car enthusiasts tell us that 17 BMW 7 Series were used in the film, most of them for a set piece in a … Continue reading

RED (2010)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A DC Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner Writers/Script Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber Additional Info RED is supposed to stand for Retired and Extremely Dangerous Director Robert Schwentke Starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Rebecca Pidgeon, Morgan Freeman, Ernest Borgnine, John Malkovich, … Continue reading

Knight and Day (2010)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Patrick O’Neil officially but during its time in development hell the following: Scott Frank,Laeta Kalogridis, Ted Griffin, Dana Fox, Simon Kinberg Director James Mangold Starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Maggie Grace, Gal Gadot Elevator Pitch … Continue reading

Salt (2010)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) PG-13 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Kurt Wimmer Director Phillip Noyce Starring Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor Elevator Pitch A female CIA agent is outed as a double by a Russian defector and so has to go on the run, chased by her former colleagues. There … Continue reading

3 Days to Kill (2014)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Adi Hasak, Luc Besson Writer/s Story Luc Besson Director McG Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Elevator Pitch A CIA black ops agent with little time to live goes to Paris to make peace with his estranged daughter, … Continue reading

Body of Lies (2008)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by David Ignatius Writer/s Script William Monahan Director Ridley Scott Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon Mc Burney, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elevator Pitch A field agent based in Jordan tries to run a terrorist leader, … Continue reading

Mission: Impossible 3

Released 2006 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The previous two films, amd the original TV series written by Bruce Geller Writer/s script Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci, J.J.Abrams Director J.J.Abrams Starring Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne … Continue reading

Bond 21: Casino Royale

Released 2006 Rating 15 in UK Director Martin Campbell Writer/s Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini Source of story Casino Royale the novel by Ian Fleming (Apparently followed closely) Elevator Pitch Bond is on the trail of a financier who uses terrorist … Continue reading

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Released 2002 Rating 15 Director Rob Cohen Writer/s Rich Wilkes Starring Vin Diesel, Asia Argentino, Samuel Jackson, Michael Roof Source of story A (not very) original screenplay Elevator Pitch An extreme sportsman who operates outside the law is recruited by the National Security Agency to penetrate a criminal gang in the Czech Republic. He is … Continue reading

Bond 22: Quantum of Solace

Released 2008 Rating 12A in UK Director Marc Forster Writer/s Paul Haggis, Neil Purvis, Robert Wade Starring Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear, Tim Pigott-Smith, Source of story A continuation of Casino Royal, title apparently an Ian Fleming short story. Elevator Pitch The secret organisation Quantum has penetrated the … 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

Bond 23: Skyfall

Released 2012 Rating 12A in UK Director Sam Mendes Writer/s Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear Source of story It’s more Bond – this one with almost no relationship to anything of Ian Fleming’s Elevator Pitch After a … Continue reading

Bond 8: Live and Let Die

Released 1973 Rating A in UK Director Guy Hamilton Writer/s Tom Mankiewicz Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Geoffrey Holder, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Source of story A story in the 007 franchise – named after but not necessarily based on an Ian Fleming book. Elevator Pitch Bond is sent to New … Continue reading

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